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Another fantastic weekend of racing

Friday, 07 October 2016

"Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it."

Sudie Back.

Regal Galaxy and Bracken Brae at first light

It’s another very dark morning with no wind whatsoever and no rain in sight. This is very disappointing as there are a number of horses queuing up to run on the good to softer side, but the courses are declaring good to firm or faster. This is very unusual for this time of year and you only had to be at Chelmsford last night to see the maiden full of top class and well-bred horses, both in the two-year-old and three-year-old division. The demand for an all-weather track at Newmarket is very strong as it would cut costs dramatically for owners and I am sure the fields would always be full. I hope it doesn’t take years to come to fruition. I sent a couple of horses down the Watered Gallop this morning and the rest have cantered on the Rubbing House and Hamilton Hill polytracks.

Desert River leading Gee Sixty Six

Lost The Moon ran another sensible race without troubling the judge last night. She was much better behaved in the preliminaries and is beginning to learn what racing is about. She will hopefully get a handicap mark now and I think later on in the year can be competitive in her own grade. Sant’elia didn’t put any effort in whatsoever and will now visit the sales. She is big enough to make a jumper or a good ride for an amateur. Both of them won the best turned out, which is a credit to our staff, but it is winners we want and we will hopefully be getting back in that vein shortly.

Topalova and Stellekaya

I see the National Trainers Federation Chief Executive was stating the obvious when he said that a clamp down on foreign workers would hit our industry hard and more than most. We have got a major problem already with the recruitment of young British staff that don’t have any country or animal knowledge and if we cannot recruit from anywhere the problem will get far worse. The Chief Executive, along with the BHA and Horseman’s Group will have to impress on the government how reliant we are on these workers. We are similar to the vegetable growers in East Anglia, although that is more seasonal work and ours is all year round. It will be interesting to see how this whole situation is handled by the Home Secretary.

Richard making sure he has a good viewing position

There are a couple of articles on the gambling industry in the Racing Post today. One is where the Israeli government is considering a ban on horserace betting as well as outlawing video machines and other such things and the other article is on the gambling tax and the point of consumption tax which has gone to the European highest court. Both of these situations could mean a loss of revenue for our industry and the second one could have a major effect on moving forward on a sound financial footing. 

Becky's horseshoes waiting to be hammered on

There is a great weekends racing here at Newmarket, starting today with the Group 1 fillies’ mile and a great supporting card. Tomorrow we have the Dewhurst and the Cesarewitch, plus three more group races. The ground here will be on the fast side which is very unusual once again for Newmarket. It is similar at York which also races today and tomorrow. The disappointing thing is it depletes the jockeys and the crowd will not get to see their favourites, especially in the north.