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It's about time the flat tracks were re-measured

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

"Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it."

Albert Smith.

Dot Green and Topamichi

(L-R) Sant'Elia, Regal Galaxy and Topalova

It’s been a very damp morning so far. I was shouting at the radio when the Radio 5 weather forecaster was telling the country that East Anglia was going to be dry. It was pouring down and continued solidly for the next hour and a half. It has stopped raining now and it looks like being a dry day, but I have got soaked twice at first two lots. We have been working horses on the Peat Moss gallops on racecourse side and the ground was just like a carpet. I was working round the bend and along the top towards town. You can get a good breather into the horses as they turn the corner and then quicken up down the straight. It is good for the lads to ride work as it makes them think.

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(L) Astrosecret leading  Lost The Moon and (R) Bracken Brae, Sweeping Beauty

and Peeps

I see they are going to re-measure all the flat tracks in Britain. This is certainly needed and for the life of me I can’t see why they are not measured every year by the courses themselves. It is not rocket science and must be very easy to do, but with times being recorded completely out of kilter, it is something that needs doing urgently. The clerks of the courses move the rails about more and more as they have many more meetings to contend with nowadays and the plastic rails are easily moved, unlike the old days when the wooden rails and posts were a fixture. The BHA head of race day operations is in charge of this process and I hope he gets a move on and gets it done as quickly as possible. 

Exercise over, walking back to the yard

The National Heritage Centre, the Horseracing Museum to you and I, is now officially open and in full working use. They had over 2,000 people through there at the open day and I am sure this will be only the tip of the iceberg as to what will come. With the old trainer's house a most modern and up to date exhibition centre, a brilliant restaurant and shop, the first yard of stables converted to individual exhibitions and a working yard of horses, plus the art gallery adjacent to them, all in all this is an unbelievably exciting project. This will just confirm Newmarket’s place as the number one horseracing centre of the world. If you get a chance, everybody must visit.