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It's summer and where is the sun

Thursday, 23 June 2016

"Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not."

Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Trotting up Hamilton Hill

It’s another really wet morning and it has not stopped since first light. It’s just a good steady rain which will make the ground very soft here at Newmarket for the weekend's racing. It must stop soon and we get a long dry spell. I have told before by the farmers that a year’s rainfall usually averages out and we must have had nearly the whole years by now. We did good canters on Hamilton Hill this morning as the Rubbing House polytrack is being refurbished and although it is raining, it is warm and no sheets are required on the horses.

Heavensfield leading Topalova and Sandwood Bay

It’s great to see Tony McCoy being knighted by Princess Anne at the palace yesterday. A very richly deserved honour and I know he says it’s for the whole of racing, but he is being very modest as he is without doubt the best jump jockey we will ever see. I am sure he can continue to be an asset to our industry for many years to come.

Velvet Voice

Ascot’s Channel 4 TV viewing figures were down once again with an average of 540,000 watching each day. This has constantly gone down each year since Channel 4 took over from the BBC and it’s a matter that should be urgently addressed. With the ITV team starting to get finalised and put into place, I hope the new custodians of the TV pictures can start to put us back to where we should be. More emphasis on the horses and personnel rather than boring statistics and analysis would be a good start.


I am going to a seminar today with the Thoroughbred Breeders Association here in Newmarket where there will be many subjects presented and discussed. One of those is the new ‘speed gene’ testing which is supposed to tell you how far a horse will want to race as soon as it is born, or in fact before you send the mare to the stallion. It will be interesting listening and I will report back on what I have heard.