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It's a very blustery day

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

"Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all."

Alexander the Great.

Sir Percy ex Missouri on the lunge reins

It’s a very windy morning, but as yet we have had no rain. However, there are several bands forecast to come across us later on today. We have had just a normal good exercise morning, with everything cantering on either Hamilton Hill, or Southfields Round. We have a full complement of staff in, so everything is moving along very well.

Being laid over

There are headlines in the Racing Post today as to how the levy will dramatically fall over in the next few years unless the structure of funding from the betting operators is changed. This was from the Asian racing conference, which is being held in Mumbai at the moment. This is definitely a stark warning to our industry and the options are, getting on with the racing right and also looking at a Tote, to be run by the racecourses, which will be an in-house Tote with all profits being reinvested. At the moment Betfred run the Tote, which they bought for a very paltry price off the government. Let’s hope this warning is taken on board and the powers that run our industry, take it seriously.

and finally sat up in the saddle

There are always new countries expanding their racing industry and China has been in the news in the last few years as one that could explode. However, this will take many years to come to fruition and it looks to me like South Korea will be the next big racing country. They have been sending a lot of their future professionals to Britain for many years now, whether it is jockeys, trainers or racing officials and their industry is just starting to really hit the ground running. All the personnel I have come into contact with have been mad keen, polite, great workers and I can see this country going places in the next decade.