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We have two runners today

Tuesday, 02 May 2017

"Emotion turning back on itself, and not leading on to thought or action, is the element of madness."

John Sterling.


It’s a warmish morning and getting hotter as the day goes on. It has been hectic once again and with plenty of runners this week, we are starting to crank up through the gears. You have got to be organised at all times with getting the horses fed, exercised and looked after properly, plus organising the logistical side of getting the horses and lads to the races. We take one step forward and one step back with the staff situation, both here in the yard and on the stud. I am not sure if it is like it in other businesses outside of racing, but I can tell you that in the whole of the industry worldwide there is a big problem with the staff. I was thinking this morning how it could be changed to work better, but with horses being seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the only way of making it easier for staff is to have more of them, but a) there aren’t more of them and b) the cost would be prohibitive. It is a watch this space situation.


We have two runners today, one at Brighton and then one at Chelmsford. I will be going to both and after yesterday’s 400 mile round trip in the horsebox, it will be another long day today. If Hold Firm handles Brighton he must certainly have an each way chance in the mile and quarter at 5.10 and then tonight at Chelmsford, Gee Sixty Six runs in the mile and six, three-year-old handicap at 9.10. He has shown ability on all of his races so far, and I think he will run a sound enough race tonight. He is a great big horse who will be better as the year goes on and will be a very nice horse in time.

Walking home after exercise

I was reading an article yesterday in the Daily Telegraph about the TV coverage and how ITV is not gaining viewers as expected. To me the whole problem is being on ITV4 and the format is pretty similar to what has gone on before. The major problem is we have so much racing and people have so much more to do in their spare time so the likes of old fashioned sports, i.e. speedway and greyhound racing, which was popular 40 years ago, have now dropped off dramatically. We are still the second best attended sport after football, and we should enjoy this status while it lasts.