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Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2016

Tuesday, 05 January 2016

"In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty."

Christopher Morley.

What a beautiful sight to wake up to

I hope everybody had a really good Christmas and I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year. Everybody worked well over the holiday period here in the yard and we are now looking forward to a very successful 2016 on the racetrack and the stud. We have settled in well at Frankland Lodge and it will be our permanent home from now on. Everybody, as usual, is welcome to come and visit us and see the great facilities we have got at our disposal. Our new team of workers are settling in well and although we want one or two more personnel, both in the yard and on the stud, I am sure they will not be long in arriving. Everything has had a good canter this morning and with the weather being calm and the sun currently out, it makes for a much better working atmosphere and it is still amazingly warm.

Prayer Time

We have one runner today at Lingfield where Topaling runs in the 1.30. She has not been in the best of form in her last few runs, but has run well here in the past and although she is high enough in the handicap, it wouldn’t surprise me to see her run a good race. She is a bit of a law unto herself and only really does what she fancies, but she looks a picture and let’s hope she can perform with credit today.


There is so much to comment on about happenings in the racing world over the past fortnight with the television racing being transferred from Channel 4 to ITV. The people who gave the rights to Channel 4 in the first place have a lot to answer for here with the viewing ratings taking a dramatic downward surge since being on Channel 4. The presentation was just so boring with no fun whatsoever and it certainly didn’t encourage anybody to be involved in our industry. It seemed to me to be introduced by people who had very little knowledge of the horses and how it really worked. They were purely interested in betting and statistics. We have still got a year of them to go and I worry that we could be lost forever if they don’t get it right next time. No doubt it will be a big struggle to win back the lost viewers and the personnel who will be in front of camera will be of vast importance. The suits who gave it away in the first place will once again hide behind some excuse or other and continue on in their well paid jobs. I will comment more tomorrow about the whip rules and the approved betting partners, which has recently had plenty of publicity about both.