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It's a misty start to the day

Thursday, 18 August 2016

"Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control."

Richard Kline.

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It's a misty start

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Hold Firm

You always know autumn is not far off when the mist starts rolling in at first light. This is what happened this morning and you couldn’t see the Rowley Mile stands from where we were on Southfields Round polytrack. I love this time of year, but I am not yet wishing away summer. The forecast is to get windy and wet at the weekend, which will certainly be welcome rain for most racecourses and farmers. I have been using Southfields Round most of the morning and the horses have been moving well and all look pictures. We are also getting into gear with a few of the ones that had problems and there will be plenty of runners from now on, especially as the two-year-olds are starting to come on stream.

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Lost The Moon

There are a couple of good pieces in the Racing Post today. The first is on race day medication and how if we want to clean up the sport worldwide, we, as British trainers, should make a stand when the horses run in countries that allow anything to go. It seems that some British trainers when going abroad do as they do and run them on anti-bleeding drugs. This makes a mockery of our standards and if this practice is continued, we will never clean up the sport worldwide. Why we can’t get a universal drug ban is beyond me.  It will ruin the sport in certain countries if the public conception is of drug cheats. It has happened in the athletics world, much to the detriment of their sport. It must be of great benefit to the whole of the horse population that the future bloodlines are free of any stallions and mares that have been supercharged by drugs.

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Astrowizard leading Stellekaya

The other good piece is pointing out that the bigger independent tracks, Ascot, Ayr, Chester, Goodwood, Newbury and York, have appointed Charles Barnett with the grand title of Secretary General. With the other two big powers, the Jockey Club and Arc, they’re starting to look forward to when the levy is changed and the Tote monopoly is a free for all. We have now got the independents clubbing together to put their point forward. Once again even in the racecourses circle we have what seems to be a disagreement. It is why this sport doesn’t move forward very quickly. Unfortunately, there are so many vested interests in every section of the industry and they can never agree on anything, whether it be funding, fixtures, TV coverage, etc. Wouldn’t it be nice if they all got on and we can move forward together in this brilliant sport of ours.