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Desert River has his stalls test today

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

"To be curious about that is not one’s concern while still in ignorance of oneself is absurd."


The watering system on the grass gallop

There was a good breeze at first lot, which certainly was very welcome, but it has suddenly dropped and we are now working in 24 degrees with it set to spiral up into the 30’s. I think it is going to be like this for the next couple of days and then thankfully some rain for the weekend. Everything is working very smoothly in the yard today, with first lot working on the Watered Gallop and second and third lot going on the Rubbing House and Hamilton Hill polytrack. A couple of horses have gone into the vets to be x-rayed and scanned, but that is only for minor problems which will be sorted out very quickly, and Desert River has gone off to his stalls test at Yarmouth.

L-R Permera, Regal Galaxy and Dot Green

The new ITV racing team will be disappointed not to have got John Hunt as their main commentator. He has decided to stay at the BBC where he will expand his career and commentary into all sorts of new areas of sport. I think he really enjoyed himself at the Olympics, especially commentating on the swimming. It will be interesting to see where they use him. This must mean that the very able Richard Hoiles must have a great chance of getting the plum job at ITV. I think they announce their team towards the end of the week and there may be one or two surprises yet. I am sure everybody will have their own opinions, but there is still one or two of the ones that have been selected capable of making you turn off instantly, which I didn’t think was the aim of the new ITV programme.

Cantering to the start of the gallop

Lost The Moon and Topalova

Our good wishes go to Allan Mackay who is recovering in hospital after having a bad fall on the gallops here last week. He has broken all sorts of bones and punctured a lung and I think he has a fractured vertebra as well. Allan used to ride as an apprentice for me years ago and many people may remember him riding a very good filly of mine Lucitanica who won many staying races and was second in the Ebor. She was a £500 foal and turned out a tremendous horse for all her connections. Allan is the father of today’s jockeys Nicky and Jamie Mackay and he has a daughter who is now pony racing. The accident happened on Hamilton Hill close to us when his stirrup broke. I am told it took the ambulance a long time to get there, which is unacceptable, and will certainly need to be looked into to find out a bit more about the circumstances of the delay. When you have thousands of horses and riders in one place accidents are going to occur, quite frequently sometimes, and we certainly need an ambulance service which is capable and quick. Any delay can cause major problems. We will be encouraging the Jockey Club, who I know are on the case, to follow this matter up urgently.