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We have one runner today at Leicester

Monday, 30 May 2016

"Charisma is not just saying hello. It’s dropping what you’re doing to say hello."

Robert Brault.

Desert River

It’s like winter once again this morning, very overcast, cold and a strong breeze. As I was waiting for the horses to come past the farm on the Rubbing House canter second lot and standing on the wide expanse of Southfields, it felt like December. I hope it is only a short blip as we need to have a good summer for everybody. It has been a busy morning already with horses going off racing and a mare needing to have a cover from the stud, so there is a lot of organisation going on behind the scenes.


We have one runner today, Heavensfield runs at Leicester in the 3.55. She ran well last time to be fourth at Newmarket, but this looks another very warm race and although I can’t see her winning it, she will benefit once again from the experience. We have Dougie Costello on her today for the first time and he should be on a high from his good win at Haydock at the weekend.

Smile that Smile was very disappointing at Brighton and we have now had one or two horses that have run below par. I will be having blood tests on them all to see what is going on.

Cantering at second lot

I see the Americans are going to change their whip rules, which means jockeys will be free to hit horses four times in rapid succession inside the final half furlong. This, along with the constant drug problem in American racing, can only do harm to their industry. Why we can’t have uniform rules throughout the world as with any other sport is completely beyond me. All the administrators worldwide should have the same aim, to keep the breed drug free and the best horse to win on merit. 

It's a misty, cold day in Newmarket

It was a great shame we lost on Saturday when it seemed the whole of Yorkshire had descended on Wembley. I have to say we were second best on the day but at least our fans showed what a massive club we are and it is only a matter of time before we get promoted to our rightful position in the premier league. If our new owner didn’t know it before, he certainly will now after the Wednesday end was completely packed, in fact, they could have sold out the whole stadium. Let’s hope he puts plenty of money in and we can move forward once again. I must say what a fantastic stadium Wembley is, how brilliantly run it is and how happy everybody was to see you. If racing had the same ethos it would certainly be a big help. I am not sure everybody is welcomed at racecourses with the same cheerfulness that we all experienced at Wembley.