The new game machines are set to go in the shops ...

It's the lull before the storm

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future."

Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


It has started off a mild morning but the weather forecast is to go downhill from now on. We are due wind, cold, snow you name it, it is on its way. However, the forecasters are not too sure how much snow will fall or where. We were on the Cambridge Road polytrack at first light with three three-year-olds doing some faster work and the rest have kept busy on Hamilton Hill. We are a bit short of staff and need two or three full time riders as soon as possible.

Bracken Brae

I see the BetFred boss is warning of a disaster for racing if the maximum stake on the machines in the betting shops is slashed by the government. He says he would have to shut 660 of his shops if this happened. The reason it would be a disaster for the racing industry is that media rights is one of the big income streams and if the shops are shut then that income would drop dramatically. Some will say that the bookmakers would say this and are just scaremongering, but until we get income from the offshore gambling company’s, the health of the betting shops must be a concern for the whole industry. There are always two sides to every story and I just hope we have the best brains on both sides being used to find a solution to the problem.

Heading back into the yard after exercise

The Queens of the Turf series continues every day and today we have got Makybe Diva, the great Australian mare who won the Melbourne Cup three times. We were there on her last victory as I had a runner in the race myself and although we didn’t run very well, it was a privilege and one of those moments in life that you will never forget. The crowd were delirious as she took it up a furlong out and ran away for a comfortable victory. She has not been a great success at stud yet and reading this article you will see that most of these top fillies have not been brilliant at throwing anything that is half as good as them. The other filly mentioned today is Snow Fairy who was brought back by her owner for 18,000 euros and completely unwanted as a yearling. Six Group 1's and two Classics later, she was a filly of a lifetime. It just goes to show money doesn’t always buy you winners.