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Southwell is a great track to visit

Friday, 22 January 2016

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent."

John Donne.

Mr Turner leading the warm up exercise

At least we got away with one and a half lots without the rain, but as we speak it is bouncing off the top of the hut and looks set for the rest of the day. The temperature has gone up several degrees and apart from one or two little early blips with staff, we are now all getting on well. The forecast is for showers and the wind getting up for the next three or four days, so we certainly won’t be getting any good ground on the jumping tracks in the near future. Heavy is in quite a lot of the going reports and I am sure bottomless, if available, would be the scene at several tracks.

Sweeping Beauty

Our two runners yesterday both handled the track, but it looks like Regal Galaxy wants a bit further and Humphry Repton certainly needed the run as he blew for a good while afterwards. Southwell is one of those tracks that people think it is not worth visiting, but I can tell you it is one of the nicest tracks to go to. The food is always very good and there are plenty of places to view. If only the track were changed to polytrack, it would be the best all-weather track in the country. It needs a big makeover track and prize money wise, but it’s location in central England is ideal for everybody. If only somebody would take it by the horns and sort it out.


I see the European pattern committee have announced a few changes in the programme, with a couple of Italian Group 1’s losing their status and a few others gaining them. I think this is just tinkering at the seams and is justification for the members to meet. There is talk about encouraging the stayers, similar to what they have done in the sprinting department and this would be a welcome change, as anything from a mile and a half upwards, needs to be encouraged. The breeders seem to be obsessed with speed and more speed and the horses that are bred for distance, are very hard to sell.

Peeps and Topamichi

It is marvellous news that Hereford is to be reopened after a four year absence and although it is miles away from Newmarket, I always think it is similar to Fakenham, which is very well supported by all the locals. I am sure all the jumping fraternity will give it their full support. I would like to hear the news that Folkestone is to be reopened as well.