A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

Good exercise

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

"Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are."

Julius Charles Hare.

Careless Rapture

It's a morning of heavy showers with a moderate breeze and it looks as if it will stay that way for the next few hours. We have had a really good morning with the horses.  Both Jimmy and Joss his son, who is an apprentice to Richard Hannon,came to ride out. A long canter on Southfields Round has been the exercise. I'm beginning to get on with the two year old fillies - we have a dozen of them - and they are all taking shape and learning the job.

Jack Carter

We were pleased that the two samples we put into the lab yesterday after scoping looked a lot better than last week and, although we are still on some powders, we can start to see the wood from the trees.

Maintaining the gallops between lots

There was plenty of comment yesterday both on the letters page and in the editorial of the Racing Post about the whip rule and the numerous bans at York last week. I think there were eleven jockeys banned and the "win at all costs" mentality at the bigger meetings and in the biggest races is now becoming the norm, with the authorities only giving out punitive whip bans for the rule breakers.

Any regular reader of this website will know that I am firmly in favour of the horse loosing the race if the rule has been broken. I am sure that most of the horses will have come to no harm but why bother having a rule if we don't enforce it with a proper deterrent. It definitely works in the everyday run of the mill races, where you only see an occasional breach of the rules. When the big money is down the whips start to fly and the rule goes out the window.

I can understand the authorities not wishing to highlight the breach on big race days but something must be done to make it a level playing field. I've said before it's like scoring a goal that's offside in football with the goal allowed to stand and the scorer getting a two match ban. The public perception of racing needs safeguarding.