Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

The winds are really picking up

Thursday, 23 February 2017

"The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word."

Mata Hari.

Hamilton Hill

We have had rain all night and most of the morning and we got absolutely soaked at first two lots. It looks to me like there is a lull at present with a bit of sunshine but the winds are increasing. It is set to be much quieter tomorrow but still windy with the prospect of rain and much colder air. I think Scotland has come off worse with a few inches of snow forecast. Despite the weather we have been getting on well and we have also sat on one of the last two-year-olds for the first time. There was a bit of fun had but it soon got the idea and it will be out with the string shortly. We only have one to go which hopefully will be today or tomorrow.

Lost The Moon

Our runner yesterday, Astrostorm, was not disgraced. It was a slowly run race and developed into a bit of a sprint. He was also a little too wide but stayed on well once getting the idea. I think after another run to get a handicap mark, then going over a mile and a half plus, he will definitely be winning races this coming season. He has a good attitude and I am sure will just keep on improving. 

Casamento ex Brushing foal

I see the majority of racecourses are getting themselves organised for when the Tote monopoly licence runs out next year. As you know Fred Done of Betfred fame bought the Tote in 2011, for a pittance really as the government just wanted to get rid of it. Why the racecourses weren’t organised then I don’t know, but let’s hope they have got themselves properly sorted this time as it must be one of the major income streams for the racecourses going forward. It will be very interesting to see how this all develops.


The BHA has just launched a code of conduct for syndicates, which as usual has come out with a fanfare as if they were the only ones who have thought of it. Most reputable syndicates have their own code of conduct and we have been running ours very successfully for over three decades now. Honesty, straightforwardness and clarity are the three things needed in syndicates and this is what should always be at the forefront of anybody’s mind when joining one. It looks to me like a few trainers have been fleeced by some syndicates who take the members money, but don’t pay their trainers fees. There will always be a few of these operators, but the Racehorse Syndicates Association, of which we were a founder member, is the right place to start looking as all those affiliated to the RSA are run correctly. For anybody looking to go into a syndicate please take a look at our Raceworld and syndicate pages.