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Steam cleaning is being done

Wednesday, 05 October 2016

"Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas, as the tree does its withered leaves!"

Andre Gide.

05_Warm_up
Warming up in the trotting ring

33_Stellekaya
Stellekaya

It’s a very similar morning to yesterday and I am sure it will be so for the next few days. I worked a couple of fillies down the Watered Gallop at first lot and the rest have been on Southfields Round and Hamilton Hill. We have had no coughing for several days now and let’s hope we have turned the corner at last. I am busy having any empty boxes steamed cleaned and painted with some very expensive paint, but it is very easy to steam clean and hopefully keeps any bugs down.

51_Thalissa
Thalissa

Silvestre De Souza brings up a very good point about the floodlighting on the new all-weather track at Newcastle. The course has planning permission only for the straight mile and not on the round, which means when the horses pass the post, they pull up in darkness, which must be very dangerous. Why the powers that be didn’t see this initially is beyond me and this should have been pointed out at an early stage. This situation is typical of what happens when commercial company’s run racetracks. Newcastle should never have been turned into an all-weather track but they are cheap to run, and are good cash cows for the owners.

01_Ryan
It's that time of year again when all the boxes are steam cleaned

I see there are so many similarities between the BHA and Horseracing Ireland and the article in the Racing Post today highlights this. The Irish Racing Board needs to install confidence in their employees which doesn’t seem to be the case at present. They have got so much to undertake with problems they have which are very similar to ours, funding being the main one and drug testing, both at the track and in training. The big problems in both jurisdictions is that you have a few that understand what is going on, but the majority have no idea and are just pleased to be employed. I am afraid this is very similar in most sports. There are very few people prepared to stick their head over the parapet and tell the truth.