The final day of Cheltenham with the running of the Gold Cup ....

It looks like the weather is on the up

Tuesday, 03 May 2016

"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes."

Hugh Downs.

Sweeping Beauty

It’s a glorious sunny morning and the temperature is beginning to rise quite quickly. The forecast looks to be settled and improving all week, which will certainly help the fillies who will relish the sun for their coats. It was unbelievably quiet on the heath this morning when I galloped first lot Across the Flat in front of the racecourse. There had been a good dew and the ground was absolutely perfect. With Saleem turning up after his week off for flu, all the horses worked as I wanted them and we will be having plenty of runners from next weekend onwards.

The Guv'nor in the yard

On Sunday mornings I collect my papers from Mr and Mrs Sweet’s paper shop which is adjacent to the new horse racing museum being developed at a cost of £15 million. The opening date is hopefully going to be 17th and 18th September, which will coincide with the Newmarket opening days. Not only will it be the most fantastic museum, there will also be a retraining of racehorse section with live horses stabled on the premises. Everybody will be able to get up close and see how this is done. This museum has been a long time coming, but it will be one of the must visit places in East Anglia or indeed the country for anybody vaguely interested in our sport. Congratulations and thanks must go to everybody who has donated and helped get this project off the ground. In Chris Garibaldi, we have a top class director who has started to put the team into place that will run the museum. Under his direction it can only be an unparalleled success. 

Tack hanging from the pegs

I see there is a letter in the paper today commenting on the poor racing and standards at Redcar racecourse. This part of the world has suffered greatly from the closer of the steel works and the course has had rumours for years that it was to be sold for building. If they don’t invest in the prize money or the infrastructure, it will go down very quickly and Redcar is one of a few courses that could be lost in the next few years, especially with the expansion of all-weather tracks which don’t have the maintenance cost a turf course has. Actually, Redcar would have been a better place to have had the new all-weather other than Newcastle. We will have to wait and see how the matter progresses.