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We now have no runners today

Thursday, 18 May 2017

"Give your dream all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you."

William James.

First lot warming up in the trotting ring

After plenty of rain yesterday, we have got a dry, warmish morning. There is plenty of cloud in the sky and more rain is forecast for tomorrow. It has certainly freshened up the ground, with Newmarket now good to soft and York have changed to soft, consequently we will not be running Lost The Moon there today. I have been using Southfields grass for the first two lots of the day but I think Hamilton Hill and Southfield Round will be used from now on. A couple of staff disappeared after first lot, which has not helped the morning, but the rest are working hard and things are going as planned. We have a couple of very good recruits starting shortly and we will then be up to full strength. Thank goodness.

Cantering on the Southfield Grass gallop

We had a bit of jockey trouble yesterday when he did the complete opposite of what I told him. Those who know me will understand when I tell you he had a long debrief. It is no good me running horses, owners owning them, the lads putting all the work in just for the jockey to do the complete opposite of what I want and it just disappoints everybody. All you ask from a jockey is to do as he is told, or try to at least. I have been in the sport nearly 50 years and understand things can happen, but jockeys must at least try and be part of the team. I am sure the young lad got the message yesterday and I just hope he took it all in. The second filly reared up, slipped and lost her footing, which meant she had to be withdrawn and although very disappointing at the time, she lives to fight another day. I will have my own people down the start with her next time she appears on the track. I have had 40 years of needing very few stalls test, but this year we have had 4 already. I suppose it is just how it goes.

Desert River with two-year-olds Saint Anthony, Budgie and Four Fifty Three

There is some very sad news coming through this morning on the death of Alan Swinbank. He has suddenly died at the age of 62. He was a very fine trainer and a good judge of a horse. Often we would be vying for the same type at the sales. Our condolences go to all his family and friends.