Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

It's disappointing, but that's racing

Thursday, 20 October 2016

"Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable."

Wendy Wasserstein.

Regal Galaxy at first lot

It’s a very bright morning now but it didn’t start that way. It was raining as I drove in in the dark at 5.30 and I think the odd shower is the forecast for the day. We have been on Southfields Round polytrack at first two lots and third lot is going to be concentrating on some two-year-old colts going through the starting stalls. We are getting near to a few of them having their first debut run, so a sight of the stalls is very much required.


Richard Marriott and friends yesterday 

It was very disappointing not to be able to run Velvet Voice yesterday, especially as Richard had a party of his associates having a look round the yard and stud and I gave them a tour of Newmarket gallops. We took a blood the night before and only got the results around 11 o’clock which showed she had a slight infection. It is never worth taking the risk with these things, but the saying ‘best laid plans’ was very much right on this occasion. I think they all had a good day at the races and I hope they backed a few winners.


It is very sad to read of the death of Mark ‘Archie’ Birch at 67. He was the most popular of jockeys, a great horseman and very good and reliable. He rode me many winners and it was always a pleasure for him to ride for us. He was a great stalwart to the Easterby family and rode one of my favourite racehorses of all time Sea Pigeon to many great victories. Our condolences go to his wife Joyce and their children.

Permera at second lot

There is a big article today in the Racing Post, really about the bookmakers shop closures on the high street and what affect it would have on the racing industry. The majority of people nowadays bet on their phones or computers and the bookmaking shops are kept afloat by the gaming machines which have become more numerous in the last fifteen or so years. The point here is that the media right payment is paid on the number of betting shops where the pictures are being beamed into. If they are shut if the machines are seen by the government to be advancing gambling addiction, I am sure the bookmakers will use this as a tool to reduce their payments. There are lots of anomalies in their thinking as the industry editor Bill Barber points out in his piece in the paper today. With both sides meeting the sports minister yesterday there is still plenty of developments to come.