They are not children ...

We have a busy couple of days with runners

Friday, 02 December 2016

"Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are."

Quentin Crisp.

The baby hurdles up at the Links

It’s overcast today and much milder. We have no wind and it is the perfect working environment, even Ian took his coat and balaclava off in the office first thing. It’s been a busy morning horse wise with a couple of three-year-olds going to the schooling grounds for the first time. Mr Turner and Regal Galaxy both loved it and after several spins over the poles and tyres, they proceeded to the full size hurdles where they jumped as well as could possibly be expected. We will be giving them some more practice next week and then hoping to run some time before Christmas. The yearlings continue to progress and we now have a colt and filly string who will shortly be venturing onto the heath.

Mr Turner and Regal Galaxy ready to jump off

Unfortunately Permera bled after she ran last night. It is quite a common aliment and is caused mainly by pressure and excitement. We will be talking to all members to decide which way to go with her in the future. 

Mr Turner showing how it should be done

Followed by Regal Galaxy 

Today we have one runner, Lost The Moon at Wolverhampton in one of their twilight meetings. She is in the 6.45 over a mile and a half. She has had three runs so far and this is her first in a handicap. We are drawn on the wide outside which is a big disadvantage, but I think she will run a reasonable race tonight as the trip should suit.

We have two runners on Saturday, one at Wetherby in the afternoon at 3.25 and the other at Wolverhampton at 6.15. Our Wetherby runner, Sweeping Beauty, ran really well first time out at Huntingdon and should have a sound chance of doing so again. Hold Firm is now getting his act together and is not drawn too badly at seven. He is a tough competitor and I think he will be in the firing line if keeping out of trouble.

Astrostorm leading the yearlings on Hamilton Hill

I see we have caused a bit of a stir with the rates debate and that the whole of the industry are starting to talk about it. Rupert Arnold, the NTF chief, has said there is a high level discussion going on. I wish he had told us that in the first place. It is a bit like being in politics in that the peasants are kept in the dark. We are going to have our own meeting and to a certain extent row our own boat. The majority of trainers in Newmarket will certainly be disadvantaged by this huge rise which is another hidden tax.