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Thursday, 09 June 2016

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The string walking on Hamilton Hill

It’s not quite as warm as yesterday, with it being quite overcast early in the morning but as the day has gone on it has started to warm up a bit. However, I think the forecast for the weekend is for it to deteriorate once again. It has been a very busy morning with runners going off in two directions and we have also had visitors to the yard and stud, so everybody has been working flat out, but brilliantly. 

Smile That Smile

Our runner yesterday, Blue Bounty, showed plenty of speed and once again wasn’t disgraced. I think the ground was just on the fast side for him, but as he is getting older, he is getting quicker and we may revert back to five furlongs for his next few runs.

Our runners today are at Nottingham and Yarmouth. Our first runner is the first two-year-old of the year. Sandwood Bay in is the 2.10 at Yarmouth. She is the first foal of a good winning mare and has been showing up well at home. This looks a pretty good maiden and I would hope she will run with credit, but she will benefit tremendously from the outing. Our next runner is then at Nottingham at 4 o'clock. Desert River, who makes his debut for us, has run well in the past and has been doing plenty of good work at home. I think he may be better over seven furlongs and could possibly need this first outing of the year. He is one with plenty of ability and it will be a learning curve today. Our final runner, if we are still awake, is the 6 o’clock at Yarmouth where Mr Turner runs in the one mile classified race. He has had three runs and was very keen last time over a trip that was too far and this reverting back to a mile should see him in a better light. He is a great big baby of a horse who will continue to improve as the year goes on.

Blue Bounty yesterday in the parade ring at Yarmouth

I see the fixture list is going to increase again next year for 2017 and it looks like more weekend and evening meetings. This will be marvellous for the racecourses and the offshore bookmakers, but it will be very expensive for the owners as racing weekends and evenings is very costly for the connections. I just hope in tandem with these new meetings the prize money will increase considerably. We do not want this industry to go down the elitist root where all the horse are owned by mega rich owners and the smaller ones are pushed out of it. The added prize money which has come into the sport recently has mainly gone to the top end owners and we must address this problem as soon as possible.