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The horses are out there somewhere

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

"Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons."

Al Hirschfeld.

The horses are out there somewhere

It was thick fog at first light and as we write this around 9.30 it is still pretty dense, although the light is beginning to come through. It all made for interesting exercise at first lot when you couldn’t see a thing until they appeared out of the mist fifty yards away. It was very dangerous crossing the main roads as well and although everybody wears their fluorescent reflective jackets, the car drivers are often very slow at spotting crossing horses. I have been campaigning for forty years for proper traffic lights, but the council always turn a deaf ear to it. We will have a major incident soon on a morning like this, which will start getting more common at this time of year, and then the blame game will start. As I said first lot were galloping on the peat moss, but with the weather like it is, we have kept the next few lots close to home as it is certainly much safer.

Astrowizard and Gee Sixty Six coming through the mist

I see the Thoroughbred Breeders Association has expressed disappointment at the field sizes for their two new races aimed at supporting small breeders. Both races are worth £25,000, which is a good prize, with nine being declared for today at Goodwood and five for tomorrow at Newmarket. Both races are conditions races, which mean winners can run in them.  I feel this is something that would need looking into in the future as I think these races are the right idea, with the wrong conditions. 

The mist is rising and visibility is improving

It was the start of the main yearling sales season yesterday at Tattersalls Fairyhouse in Ireland, with the average median staying very similar to last year. There are four days of selling this year and it will be interesting to see how it all holds up when the last day is over. This sale has expanded enormously on the back of some great results. We have always been very successful there where horses with not the grandest of pedigrees are sold, but bloodlines do not always guarantee ability on the racetrack and often you can find a proper racehorse amongst the throng and a lot cheaper.