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The Ayr Gold Cup will take place this weekend

Friday, 16 September 2016

"The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder."

Ralph W. Sockman.

Sant'Elia, Regal Galaxy and Lost The Moon

There were many flashes of lightening as I came into town this morning, but they were far in the horizon and as yet we have had no rain. I have been chasing everybody to get them out each lot before it finally arrives and I don’t think it will be long before it starts pouring down. It is supposed to be here all day and it will do some good, especially to the gallops and for the stud. Talking about the stud, we had another big branch down overnight on a 300 year old beech. It is the third big fall this year and I think it must be a combination of the wet and the heat that are affecting the old trees. It's God pruning, an old woodman once told me, and I think he is about right. It is amazing how nature works. It just means a lot of work for Ryan, our maintenance man, to clear up. His chainsaw has been unbelievably busy this year. I have worked horses on the Watered Gallop this morning and we should be having several runners next week.

Desert River and Dot Green

Permera ran quite well last night to finish fourth. It was an unbelievably slowly run race, 14 seconds over standard, and it didn’t really suit, but I think she ran up to her mark and we will try her over further this autumn / winter. Harry Bentley reported that she is sure to win and she should drop a couple of pounds for this run. The temperature last night was 30 degrees when we got there and then dropped to 27 later on. She was quite warm beforehand, like they all were, and she was a bit wobbly after the race. I must congratulate the racecourse and BHA vets who were brilliant in helping to put great quantities of water on her to get her cooled down as quickly as possible. She travelled home well and ate up overnight, so should be ok to resume racing in a couple of weeks.

Cooling down after exercise

I see in Tom Kerr’s column in the Racing Post this morning he is writing about how hard it is for the ordinary jockeys to make a living and how hard they all work. He mentioned Dougie Costello, who was the jockey who drove to Yarmouth and back just to have an abandoned race, will have lost on the day, but that happens all the time. Tom doesn’t come up with any remedies for the situation for how hard, not just jockeys work, but everybody in racing, just to keep their heads above water. The answer is prize money. If the prize money was much better, which it should be, it would be spread around much more and all the hard work people put in would be rewarded across the board. I have said it before and I will say it again, in the premiership it is the players who make the most money, in the acting profession it is the actors, but in the racing industry it is the racecourses that are coming out best. It doesn’t go to the people who put on the show, which to my way of thinking is completely wrong.

Astrowizard leading the way home

It is the Ayr Gold Cup this weekend at the western meeting at Ayr. There will be a massive crowd as usual and the draw will once again play a major part, especially when the ground is soft. It is disappointing that the Newbury Duty Free meeting is on the same day as the crowd used to love seeing the top jockeys, but most of them now stay in the south and go to Newbury. It is also Newmarket and Catterick, so there are plenty of other distractions and it is sad to see a very famous race, with an enthusiastic public, not being able to see the best on show, but that is race planning for you.