Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

The horses look in great form

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting."

Mary Wortley Montagu.

Newmarket stands at first lot

There was plenty of rain last night and it was still raining this morning when I was driving in at half past five. It is still damp and drizzly and we are now about 9.15. Two lots have been out and both had good canters on Southfields Round and the turf. All the horses are looking in great form and condition, especially the ones that are going to run. We have got so many nice horses that are strong, sound and have ability, but have just needed that bit of time, which is what you must give this type of horse. With everybody desperate to have winners, horses are being pushed to their limit at an early age and the old adage of patience is forgotten. This can cause injury, both physically and mentally and usually the more time you can give them in both mediums the better.

Bracken Brae

I see the sponsorship withdraws have started quicker than I had thought, with Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and Corals all saying that their big race sponsorships will come to an end. Ladbrokes were even saying there were no shortage of sports who want sponsors, but I think when all three take a deep breath and think, they will realise it is racing that keeps their business afloat and that they should be seriously thinking of agreeing to pay the tax for their overseas bets into the levy. We could all then get back to normal and work together in maximising everybody’s income, both racing and the bookmakers. It is a no brainer, but as usual there will be a big fight.


It was very sad to hear of the death of Peter Willett who died this week. He was the architect of the pattern system we have today and was a guru of so many aspects of the racing world. He had a great depth of knowledge and was very determined to see his ideas through. He was a hardworking and humorous man, who will be greatly missed by all his friends in the racing world.