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Prayer Time runs at Southwell today

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

"We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey."

Kenji Miyazawa.

Newmarket stands in the distance

Looking down the turf gallop

It’s a perfect spring morning, but how long it will last is anyone’s guess. We have bright sunshine, no wind, a good temperature and it was one of those mornings when I was standing watching the horses working across the turf flat gallop that I thought nothing could be better than this. The first two lots have gone without a hitch and we have been using the turf for the first time this season. With Saleem Golam in and the lads working well, everything has gone smoothly. The ground Across the Flat is in perfect condition and they are just going in an inch or two without any kickback. 

Mr Turner and Topamichi

We have one runner today with Prayer Time in the 3.30 at Southwell. He has been placed there the last twice and it should be the same today. We have got a couple to beat, but with a good draw and Saleem back on, he should be there or there about. I can’t wait to run him over hurdles, which I am sure he will love and will make a man of him. With the ground drying out now I think that it the way we will be going after today.

Working Across the Flat

The final figures for the Cheltenham competition don’t make great reading, but they are Richard minus £85.23 and MHT minus £187.50. I hope some of you completely disregarded our efforts and backed lots of winners.

A heathmans work is never done

The staff situation in Newmarket has progressively got worse over the last 10 years, even though we are in Europe and have open boarders for millions of people. We have got job opportunities for a wide assortment of employees ranging from exercise riders to yard people to stud hands and apprentice jockeys. I think the main problem with Newmarket is accommodation as the yards have expanded and new yards have been built. This brings plenty of money into the Jockey Club coffers from the heath tax, but nothing has been done to purpose build accommodation that would suit the young people of today. We have the land to build such units and hopefully they will, but if we don’t get on and start the planning process, the staff situation will move from critical to a crisis.