Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

We are sending one to Chelmsford tonight

Thursday, 01 December 2016

"Let your tears come. Let them water your soul."

Eileen Mayhew.

Mr Turner leading Gee Sixty Six at first lot

There is a hard frost once again and it is bitterly cold, but thankfully no wind which would have made it twice as cold. We have a full team of staff in this morning which is good and we have been able to crack on with the yearlings and give everything a good exercise. I would rather have it cold and dry than cold and wet. Hamilton Hill polytrack has been the canter of the morning and everything has gone to plan.


We were very pleased with Topaling yesterday who ran well to finish fifth, just getting a bit tired inside the final furlong. She is now starting to get back to full fitness and I am sure will be even more competitive next time. Peeps completely lost the plot and refused to leave the stalls. There is no good reason for it and I think we will be finding her a good home in the not too distant future. She had plenty of ability but just started to get a bit quirky. It can happen.

We have one runner tonight at Chelmsford City where Permera runs in the 6.45. I have dropped her right back in trip, she has got a good draw, very little weight and if getting the run of the race could have a chance of making the frame. I have left all the headgear off that we have used in the past and it will be interesting to see how she runs.


You will see headlines in the Racing Post today about the business rates and the huge increase that has been decided. It will mean our rates are going up overall by 53% and although it is a tiered introduction over three years, it will still hit trainers very hard. I am having constant phone calls regarding what can be done and have organised a meeting here in Newmarket with Bill Simpson, an expert on these matters, who is coming along to explain our options. Costs like these are hidden to the general public, but can hit businesses very hard and can mean the difference between survival and going under. It will hit everybody big and small and we need to move forward as a whole industry which will carry more clout.

Frost is clinging to every branch

There’s a very interesting article by David Ashforth in the Post today on the modern betting market. The basis of it is, and is clear to see, is that the betting shops do very little over the counter business nowadays and the majority of gambling is done on the telephone and computers. The betting shops are full though with machines, which make a tremendous profit for the bookmaker’s and keeps the shops open. The number of shops has decreased over the last few years, but the number of machines has gone up. Times change and nothing stays the same forever, but with the new TV deal and racing being on terrestrial television, this must help our industry if done right. Also, the government must get its act together and sort out the betting right to everybody’s advantage.