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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

" Autumn is the hush before winter."

French Proverb.

Jack_c

Jack Carter

As yet we have not had the forecasted heavy rain, in fact we have whispy high cloud and much blue sky but I'm sure we shall get the rain by mid-day. We have three runners today and we are keeping the excercise to Hamilton Hill and everything is going well so far. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about our internet c0nnection and the promise that we would be on today has not yet been honoured. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused but it is not of our making. However we can always be contacted on the phone lines.

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Legal Art

Our three runners today go at Beverley where I'm told the ground is good. Let's hope they don't have any rain and the ground stays as it is. Our first runner at 2.35 is Permera. She went well first time out at Lingfield over a shorter distance but we have the worst of the draw today - in fact we are nearly in the North Sea. We shall have to drop in and hope she finds a clear passage through once turning for home. Our next runner at 3.40 is Regal Galaxy. The ground was pretty firm when she ran at Newmarket on her debut. She was also very green that day and I am hoping for a much better run from her today. Our last of the trio is Hold Firm in the 5.50. He is drawn right on the inside of 17 which will be the crucial factor in how he goes as he sometimes can be slow away. I am hopeful of a sound run if he gets out and has a good early position.

MHT_watching

Waiting for the horses on Hamilton Hill

Two things of interest on the front of the Racing Post today. One is a picture of bareback horseracing on an island in Indonesia. The horse and jockey in front so obviously want to win. It's a shame we can't import a few of these jockeys over here to work in our industry. The second and more important is racing's plan to ban bookies' sponsorship. This idea, driven by big players among racecourses and supported by the BHA, is aimed at bookmakers' off shore business which doesn't at present contribute to the Levy. Better late than never I say that the industry is starting to stand up to the bookmakers, but it is a big gamble and all the racecourse groups must be as one and hold their nerve. It will be fascinating to see how this develops.weanlings_asleep

Weanlings sound asleep