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Retraining awards

Monday, 12 December 2016

"Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up."

Jesse Jackson.


Walking back home

It's a very mild morning and it looks as if it will stay like this for the rest of the week. If what I read is correct, we're going to have one of the warmest  Chrismas days on record. It's been a hectic morning but the whole team has worked extremely well and all the horses have had a very good exercise. One or two of the yearlings  were quite fresh but that is to be expected on a Monday.


Some of the yearlings cantering

If only our racing model was like the one in Hong Kong we would all be in clover. With over a 100,000 people involved in the international weekend at Sha Tin, the turnover on the Tote monoploy was £155,000,000. This produces so much money for the local racing industry and also helps to finance the infrastucture in Hong Kong. Once we let the bookmakers be legalised, many moons ago, it was the start of the slippery slope. Money goes out of our game rather than back into it. In Hong Kong the raceday experience is second to none and the public are clamouring to go racing. We try and encourage the same with our one off showpiece days but it doesn't really work.


The Lawman ex Astromagick yearling


The Retraining of Racehorses Organisation had their annual awards recently with many famous horses put forward. The Organisation does a great job in finding new homes for these thoroughbreds and has a fantastic network throughout the country. The BHA has just created a new position, the Director of Equine Health and Welfare. It will have to be for somebody special who understands the industry inside out.

Some money for the Frankland Fast, which is in aid of the Retraining of Racehorses and Riding for the Disabled, is still coming in so we shall release the final figures on the Christmas site.


The Paco Boy ex Jewelled weanling with David