Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

An overcast morning with the first real chill of autumn

Thursday, 16 September 2010



Walking down off Long Hill between canters


'This life's dim windows of the soul
Distorts the heavens from pole to pole
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not through, the eye.''


 - William Blake


Cornish Beau (Liam) and Red Barcelona (Abby)

An overcast morning with the first real chill of autumn in the air; it is quite damp underfoot with coats and wellies being the order of the morning. Everything did two good canters up Long Hill and the going was as good as you can ever get it - I was delighted with the way they all moved. 


No Rules (Zezhavz)

A mixed day again yesterday with both Comrade Bond and Power of Dreams disappointing us; I think a visit to the vets and a visit to the sales are the way forward for those two. Battery Power ran a nice race and showed she really has a future, especially over further as a three year old. Marvo was desperately unlucky, as he got to the front too soon and then got mugged right on the line - very frustrating for all involved.


Astrolibra (Michelle)

Four runners today, all at Yarmouth, starting with Star Commander in the 3.10 pm race. It was much too short for him, when I ran him over 6 furlongs at Goodwood, so this mile on easier ground will suit him better and, although this looks a warmish race, I don't think he will be disgraced. In the next, the 3.40 pm, we run Munro's Dragon, who has had three runs so far over varying trips. I hope this drop in grade may see him in a better light and he can run into a place. Cornish Quest runs in the next race, the 7 furlong nursery and this is the first time he will have encountered the soft ground. He has had no luck with the draw the last twice and I would hope he would not be far off in this contest, as he is a horse with a future and one I like. Our fourth runner is Akula, in the 2 mile handicap at 5.10 pm. We are stepping him up in trip again today and he will love the ground but there are a lot of very similar horses in this and some are on hat-tricks of wins, so he will have to be at his best - let's hope the ground is a bit of a leveller.


Dazinski (Steve)

 I see from today's Racing Post that the government has come up with the idea of starting an 'open market process' to sell the Tote. In my opinion and I am sure of anyone's involved in the racing industry as a professional, the Tote belongs to racing not the government, as they have never put any investment into it, only taken the tax revenues. Let's hope for everybody's sake that our leaders have got themselves sorted out enough to enable the Tote to develop into what it should be - a booming product for the industry not an idling engine going nowhere. If we miss this opportunity it will be on a par with the biggest mistakes we have ever made: licensing bookmakers, failing with the picture rights and allowing Betfair a free rein to decimate the industry. This a real rant. But when the industry is only going one way and, within a very few years, the prize money has decreased by two-thirds and our costs have increased by two-thirds, you can see where I am coming from on behalf of all the professionals, who earn their living from the industry. They  will blame the recession but the amount of money spent on gambling has increased not decreased, so they have no case at all.   


Kathleen Frances and Theola pick grass while the others have their second canter