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Hold Firm wins again

Friday, 26 February 2016

"Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today."

Cherokee Indian Proverb.

Prayer Time and Mr Turner at first lot

We have not had the expected frost this morning and in fact without the wind it's a very good morning. We had Saleem in for two lots and have been using the Rubbing House Polytrack and Hamilton Hill for our work. I put Sal on Mr Turner first lot, and on Smile That Smile second lot. Both moved very smoothly and the whole string are progressing just the way I would like.

Permera and Topalova

Hold Firm well and truely put his best foot forward last night once again when winning in good style at Chelmsford City. We have said before what a consistant and genuine horse he is and I can't emphasise that enough. He had a big band of owners there last night who shouted him home and what a great partnership horse he is. He handles the turf just as well as the all-weather so there are plenty more opportunities to look forward to. 
Only one runner today and none at the weekend. Our runner is Bracken Brae at Wolverhampton in the 6.15. She went up eight pounds for her last win so this is the only opportunity for her to run with a penalty before she goes on to her new mark. I'm sure she will be competitive here tonight. Her mother and half sister are on the video at the end of this article. It was taken a couple of weeks ago and she has grown  and is even more active now - let's hope that in the future she can win too.


All three of our recent winners have been bred at Dullingham Park and it certainly gives the staff there as much enjoyment and they are just as proud as the lads in the yard. We all work together as one team and take the ups and downs together, but it is much better when there are ups. The mares in the foaling boxes are getting  much nearer to foaling and I hope to be giving you news of one or two new ones on Monday.

Smile That Smile leading Dot Green

I can't see the point of the articles in the Racing Post talking about brinkmanship between the bookies and the BHA over the authorised betting partners. This episode is being compared with the Greek bailout by the EU and how they held firm, but the EU didn't want to lose them. In our case the bookies have been getting away with not paying the correct amount for years now and to say that they are shocked and upset by racing's stance is laughable. There is plenty wrong with racing's finances but if we do not sort it out now it will mean the loss of numerous trainers and racecourses. With the Levy due to drop dramatically next year it's imperative that the income from mobile and offshore gambling is collected.