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Another foal has been born at the stud

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

"Your body is a flower that life let bloom…"

Ilchi Lee.

Aussie Rules ex Nice Time on the lunge lines

It’s colder again this morning and thank goodness there is little wind or else it would be cutting you in half. After yesterday’s very busy morning, we have had a good long walk and trot with the majority of the horses and have gone a slightly different route to what they are normally accustomed to. I, like most other trainers, am trying to get them spot on for the beginning of the turf season and I am delighted with how they are all looking at the moment. 

The Farhh ex Diverting filly foal born yesterday

and being nuzzled by her mother

We had our second foal yesterday lunchtime. A bay filly by Farhh out of Diverting arrived just before two o’clock and all went smoothly. She seemed to be a bit restless in the field around half one and the boys got her in straight away and she didn’t waste too much time producing the foal. The foal was soon up and sucking and although slightly wobbly on her legs for an hour or two, soon got the idea and had a good night. This is Diverting’s second foal and we really like her first foal by Footstepsinthesand, which has recently been named Sandwood Bay. It certainly helps with our sleeping when these mares produce in the day time and that’s two out of two so far. A phone call at two in the morning is always very tiring. Long may these day time foaling’s continue.

Gee Sixty Six

I see there is a call for an international series for jump horses. It came from Irelands pre-eminent jumps trainer and it would certainly suit him and his elite clients, but it wouldn’t suit anybody else, other than the top five trainers in GB and Ireland. I thought Julian Muscats suggestion today in the Racing Post, that horses should run more often in their build up to Cheltenham, a more sensible idea. However, ground does play a major part as to whether the horses run or not, and injuries often occur when you take a chance with the ground. To me the whole of racing is going the wrong way, with the elite owners being able to buy all the good horses, both on the flat and jumping, and everybody else scrambling for the meagre pickings left.

I have always told you the answer to racings ills is the prize money level in the middle to lower end. Sort that out and you sort everything out. Every race should be worth a minimum of £7,000. How do you do that? Two ways, reduce the fixture list, or get the bookies to pay a proper amount for the use of our industry. If owners knew they could win reasonable money, they would invest and continue to do so. The horse population would stay the same, as the ones who couldn’t earn any money would disappear. Competition would be much better, bigger field sizes, bigger turnover for the bookies and much more competitive racing. It is easy, but our powers that be make it complicated.