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We have one runner today at Chelmsford City

Thursday, 14 April 2016

"Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights."

Pauline R. Kezer.

Dixon leading Sir Percy ex Missouri

It’s a real April morning once again with a very sharp shower at half past six, but now we have bright sunshine with no wind and the temperatures are increasing as the morning goes on. We have been cantering close to home today on the Hamilton Hill polytrack and the horses are gleaming in the sunshine. Everything is moving well and I just wish we could get some good ground to start getting the majority of them out.

Sing Me Sing Me and Careless Rapture on the Hamilton Hill

We have one runner today with Bracken Brae at Chelmsford tonight in the 8.40. We have got Fran Berry to ride her as Saleem is still banned. He got four days the other day for using his whip in the incorrect position, which I think was a bit harsh, but we are pleased to get Fran. She has won twice over course and distance and although this is a competitive race I am sure she will be very competitive once again. There is great prize money on offer tonight at Chelmsford, with no race worth less than £8,000. I wish all the other tracks would follow suit.

Having a well deserved pick of grass

I see the trainer’s title for the championship has now resorted to the most logical way of competing. A whole calendar year from January 1st to the end of December. It is just the best way of doing it and the right move, so let’s hope we do not get anymore stupid ideas of how to get people excited. The ridiculous idea of the jockey’s short term championship resulted in Silvestre De Sousa winning the title. However, I am sure it is not what the marketing men were hoping for as if you walked into most highstreets and asked who the champion jockey was, one out of a hundred would only have heard of Frankie Dettori, or possibly Ryan Moore. There is a lot more that can be done to bolster these championships and especially the apprentices and conditional jockeys, but the right people are never asked for their opinion and they just pass over without any acknowledgment. 

Blossom out on the trees

I see Newmarket is going to be in the headlines again, with the racing secretary for Roger Varian winning the Martin Wills writing award. He seems to think Newmarket is full of gambling, booze, drugs and sex and thinks nothing is ever done to help young people. It seems to me typical of someone who has no idea of Newmarket or has only just arrived. All these things happen, as they do everywhere in the world, but Newmarket has so much help for anybody who gets into difficulties. With the Racing Centre, combined with Racing Welfare and NASS, there is every conceivable expert on our doorstep to help every single person in the industry and the wider community. Mr Humpleby wants to count himself lucky that he has won £1,000 for this piece of writing and for the life of me I can’t see why the judges have awarded him this.