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Who will get to show the racing?

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."

Roy L. Smith


Prayer Time

It’s blowing a gale this morning and you had to lean right into it when going out on Southfields on Racecourse Side. Thank goodness there is a starting stall pen where the horses take a turn before going through the stalls to hide behind. It’s not cold though and the rain is yet to start, but I am told it’s on its way. We have had both Saleem Golam and Josh Quinn in this morning, which has been a big help and the horses have all had a very good exercise.


Careless Rapture (left) and Smile That Smile

I see Channel 4 have taken over the Formula One motor racing rights from the BBC and this will mean certain clashes with horseracing. It makes for even more interest as to who will be granted the next few years of horseracing on TV when the tender comes up shortly. I would love to see ITV get it back, which I am sure if done properly, would see the viewing figures go up enormously. With so much sport on, horseracing sometimes takes a backward step and is put second to many other sports. We need it to be number one for the majority of the time if the sport is to remain healthy.


Lost The Moon

I see the review into jump racing has come up with 41 recommendations and a lot of jargon is being spoken. It seems to me everything nowadays is about reports and reviews and so many words are being used about stakeholders, key performances, consultants and resourcing, but all the rubbish talked and written means absolutely nothing to the normal person. Nothing stays the same forever, and racing is definitely changing. We don’t need to expand the fixture list, we need to reduce it by a third, increase the prize money, increase the happiness of owners, cut out as much travelling cost as we can do - If I tell you that the biggest cost to an owner is the travelling you would see my point - and then move forward. If we try and concentrate on 41 things, there is nothing that will get done.


Humphry Repton

I am delighted to see that Darryll Holland is on his way back. He has been on his travels for quite a while now, mainly in the Far East. He is coming back to be first jockey to Charlie Hills in Lambourn, but will be based in Newmarket and I am hopeful that he can take a few rides for us in the coming season. He is a high class jockey who has ridden me plenty of winners and if Frankie Dettori’s resurgence is anything to go by, he must have a great chance of doing the same.