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Sir A P McCoy to take over as president

Thursday, 28 January 2016

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."



It’s a blue sky morning and pretty cold as well, but as yet we have not got the promised wind and thank goodness, as it would have doubled the wind chill factor. There are still bands of rain forecast and even some snow over the weekend and into next week, but let’s hope it stays like it is at present. We have had a good morning so far, cantering on Southfields Round and all has gone well. We have still got one or two odd horses that suddenly get the high temperature and the bloods show they have got some sort of infection. They usually need a week of antibiotic treatment, but as I say, a racing yard is like a school and you always get some of the pupils that have a cough or cold. The main thing is to keep on top of any problems, with stable management and cleanliness at all times.  


I see the Injured Jockey Fund has had a change of president. It is always a good thing to keep the wheels turning and with Johnny Francombe retiring, it was indeed his idea that Sir Anthony McCoy took over. I am sure he will do as good a job as Johnny is doing. This charity, along with Racing Welfare, look after all the personnel connected with our industry, whether it be the most junior stable lad or the highest position in the Jockey Club.

Velvet Voice after a hard morning

With all the rain we have been having lately and still to come, the racecourses are fighting a losing battle at present to keep their meetings on. It has just never stopped raining and the tracks are very heavy, in fact bottomless. Although they have been racing on them, there is nowhere near enough time between meetings for the turf to recover. In the olden days there was not so much racing and the courses could recover with the extra time, but now with so much money to be made each fixture, the tracks race more and more. There ought to be more thought given to this if this weather is to become the norm.