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Is there chocolate cake for tea

Thursday, 21 April 2016

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."

Winston Churchill. 

Warming up

It's not as warm as yesterday with a slight breeze and no rain. The forecast is for it to get colder towards the weekend. We have had a goood morning with the horses so far and we've been using Southfields Round polytrack followed by the Hamilton Hill. So far so good and everybody has managed to stay on board unlike yesterday when Prayer Time was taking the mickey out of Barry. The staff have an agreement that anybody who falls off has to bring in a chocolate cake  and I think  Prayer Time is well clear in that department. 

Sweeping Beauty

It's the Queen's 90th birthday today and everybody at Frankland Lodge, and I'm sure in the whole of racing, wishes her a "Very Happy Birthday". We are extremely lucky that her greatest passion is her racehorses and it's easy to see the enjoyment she gets from them win, lose or draw. Her broodmare band is constantly improving and she has so much potential in the younger mares she has recently retired. In racing you are always looking forward and hope springs eternal. I hope she lives till well over 100 and sees her horses achieving the ultimate goal of winning the Derby. Her attitude to commitment has been exemplary and we should all learn from it.

Careless Rapture

There is a good article in the Racing Post by Rachel Hood (Gosden) in reponse to the criticism that Newmarket has had. Her piece is well written and states how the town is at present, and what services we have got to offer the whole community. She also points out that it was the Council which was at fault for licensing some of the irresponsible establishments in the past. Great strides have been made recently with so many unsung heroes behind the scenes, and we have now an abundance of bodies who are only too willing to assist with any problems whether it be in the racing industry or the wider community.


I see the Racing Foundation is to give Askham Bryan College funding for a purpose built racing yard on the College's campus. The article says this will be for 150 full time and 350 part time students. This should compliment both the racing schools and help with future staffing levels. I just hope this is correct and also that there is some sort of guarentee that the money will be well used rather than be wasted. It is racing's money so therefore it should benefit racing and not be lost to it.