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Dot Green runs today at York

Friday, 19 August 2016

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."

G.K. Chesterton.

Cantering up Hamilton Hill

It’s a very warm, overcast morning which I am sure is just the edge of the rain belt that is coming our way. It has been a hectic morning already with the York runner going off early, a load of hay arriving before breakfast and horses going out in all directions. We have kept very close to home this morning on Hamilton Hill and everything has moved very well and seems in good form. As I said we will be having plenty of runners from now on and let’s hope plenty of winners. 

Dot Green has arrived safely at York

We have several runners this weekend, starting today at York with Dot Green. This is always a very competitive race and there have been plenty of top horses come out of this contest. Last year’s winner won a very good race this year. Dot Green would want the ground to be on the fast side, so any rain would temper my enthusiasm, but she is a good traveller in her races, the course will suit, she has a good draw and there looks like being plenty of pace. I am sure she won’t disgrace herself and let’s hope the rain stays away and she can perform to her maximum.

We then have two runners tomorrow at Chelmsford. Topalova runs in the 5.45, the apprentice handicap. I have fitted blinkers for the first time, which should help, and I am sure she will run well, although the trip might just be on the short side. Mr Turner is our other runner at ten to nine when the lights will be on. He also has blinkers for the first time and we will see what he thinks to the all-weather and going back in trip. He is drawn well and it will be interesting to see how he performs.

On Sunday we go back to Chelmsford with one runner in the one mile six furlong race at 4.40. Peeps is our competitor. She should love the track and trip, Darryll knows her well and let’s hope she can get her head in front for the first time this year. All in all an interesting weekend. That, along with the final day at York and the Ebor, which is always the climax of the meeting.



I see Mark Johnston is complaining that his stable staff had a problem gaining access at Newmarket last Friday to see the concert, which was a sell-out. He is not the only one to have this problem as I have heard of several people being stopped, even with runners on the night. The Newmarket executive always say that they allocate 50 tickets to stable staff who don’t have runners on the night and on non-sell out days, those tickets are unlimited. This is an agreement with the stable staff association, but there is a problem here as I know the stalls handlers couldn’t get in to see the concert either. This, to me, is crackers as they do a great job on the night and there are only a few of them. It all must go down to health and safety matters and let’s hope now we have had the referendum, some of these silly rules will be rescinded. All stable staff with an identity card should be allowed in to any race meeting as they are the back bone of the industry and deserve all of the perks we can give them.

Maintaining the gallop between lots

We are starting the weaning process on Monday at the stud. It is amazing how quickly this comes around as it only seems like yesterday we were doing last years. The first batch of foals are very independent now and the way we do it, just taking the odd mare out, seems to work very well. The foal is helped by his contemporaries.