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The Hamilton Hill was the gallop used today

Monday, 25 July 2016

"Courage is a love affair with the unknown."


Cantering up Hamilton Hill

It’s slightly cooler this morning and certainly not as close. I think this may be the weather for most of the week, with the occasional shower. Two canters on Hamilton Hill is what we have been doing with the horses today. One or two staff members have come and gone, but we have got plenty in and it’s all gone smoothly.


I see Richard Hughes has started to get a debate going about the drunken yobs at racecourses and the big increase in fights which is taking place on a regular basis. There was another at Lingfield on Saturday evening and it is all caused through drink, but the racecourses don’t seem to care about it in the slightest. All they want to do is get as many people in as they can and sell them as much drink as possible. They put on second rate music nights and don’t care about the core customers who come to watch the horses and the racing. It alienates these people and I am sure something more drastic will happen at one of these courses unless the authorities get a grip on it. 


I see William Hills are the subject of a deal between them and some other gambling companies, which will create a £3 billion gambling giant. We have so far got Paddy Power and Betfair and now the Ladbrokes / Corals merger is going through. These three major firms look to have the future of betting in their hands now. It amazes me how most young people, in fact most people now, of any age, seem to bet on their phones. They actually do everything on their phones and it must be a priority that our racing chiefs can sort out the tax situation as the betting shops, as we know it, is a lost cause nowadays. They are just, as I have said before, a gambling arcade with the machines taking every bit of money that is recycled through the people going to the shops to play these, rather than betting on the horses or dogs. How times change. I can still remember the man with the piece of chalk and the commentary coming through the load speaker.