Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

Fresh horses

Monday, 24 August 2015

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."

John Dewey.

Walking to the gallops

There was plenty of red sky this morning and as yet we have had no more rain but it's forecast for the rest of the week on most days. All the horses have been out on Racecourse side. They seem in great form and we had a loose one first lot when after cantering six furlongs Hold Firm decided to whip round and behave like a ballet dancer. I caught him by the water works farm and no harm done.

Topamichi cantering

There's an article today in the Post on the staff situation, but this time it's on the studs. The facts are that there are plenty of stud staff although not as many younger ones as there used to be. The thoughts from the stud owners and managers are that career teachers in schools don't have the information on this industry. Most of the studs don't need the numbers of staff that the training yards require, they still need the same horse care skills but don't have to ride out. When you read that the building industry requires hundreds of plasters, bricklayers, carpenters etc. you begin to get the impression that the benefits system is more favourable to our school leavers than getting a job.

Humphry Repton leading Legal Art

It was great to see my hope that a smaller trainer would win the Ebor come true when Litigant won for Jo Tuite. It just goes to show that given the right material there are so many trainers who can do a brilliant job. On a personal note, it was marvellous to see John Kiely's Toe The Line run a blinder for him and the Lillingston family when finishing fourth. This was another example of the T.V. and press not giving the horse any coverage. The other Irish favourites got the build up but no mention whatsoever of Toe The Line. I know time is short on T.V. but coverage of all the runners should be mandatory.