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The sky was a sight to behold

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within."

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.

What an amazing sky over Newmarket this morning

It’s a bright, cold morning with, thank goodness, no wind. It was an amazing sky as you looked over towards the east, one of those skies which are rarely seen. First lot went to the Cambridge Road poly and did some faster work. Stevie Donohoe was in and it all went according to plan with all riders happy. The rest of the morning has been spent on Southfields Round and Hamilton Hill plus we have been waiting for the lunge ring to thaw out before getting the last two-year-olds put through their paces.

Hold Firm with Michal wrapped up against the cold

There is a big article today in Racing Post about the abuse that people get in the social media forum. A jockey had the misfortune to be unseated the other day and if you had never ridden before, you would think he had fallen off, but he was just unlucky as once momentum took over, he was done. It has happened to two or three other jockeys recently and has happened to nearly everybody who has ridden at some time or other. However, in this modern era of communication and new platforms appearing weekly, it is so easy for people to hide behind their aliases on this medium. The only answer is not to join. Just do not have a twitter or Facebook account. It is a lot easier.

Pastoral Pursuits ex Mega two-year-old colt

There has been quite a good debate and a few articles this week on trainers strike rates and what makes a good trainer. Well it is simple really, if you have got the best horses and ones with ability, your strike rate is high. If you have got large numbers of horses who can’t win a maiden but could possibly win a handicap, which the majority of our racing is based around, your strike rate will be much lower as the horses will have run 3, 4 or 5 time before eventually winning a handicap. However, if you have got a horse capable of winning a maiden and being rated 80 plus, you have a much better chance. It is not rocket science to work this out and I think that one of the best statistics is how many individual horses win from the numbers in the trainer’s yard. The fact of the matter is, a good horse, i.e. one with plenty of ability, makes any trainer look good and I would say 99.9% of all trainers could train that one. It is 99% of other horses that have got not so much ability that shows what a trainer can do.