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What a day

Wednesday, 07 June 2017

"One man’s daydreaming is another man’s day."

Terri Guillemets.

Cantering up Hamilton Hill

What a day it was yesterday weather wise, and I was constantly following the rain as we drove from Newmarket to Yarmouith. It started lashing it down with us in town around 9 o'clock and didn't stop until mid- afternoon. It started at Yarmouth just when we arrived and to say we were soaked would be an understatement.  I went through three coats during the afternoon - wearing the first one at the stalls test, and then putting two dry ones on for the racing. These were absolutely wringing wet by the time I got back in the car. What a day. The horses this morning have been out on Southfield turf, which is just over a mile long canter, as well as going on the polytracks close to home.

Indian Red

I took Hold Firm and Sandwood Bay out yesterday as the rain had really got into the ground and the going changed from good to soft during the afternoon. It is disappointing for everybody concerned but it is better to have a dry horse and live to fight another day, than to have disappointed owners when the ground makes all the difference. Koin won the best turned out and enjoyed her debut day at the races. There will be a vast improvement in her next time. Ginger Lady ran a sound race in the maiden, handled the ground, got the trip well and looks as if she will improve over further. I nearly didn't run Dixon because of the ground as he blatantly can't handle it, but he settled well, unlike on his debut, and will be seen in a much better light on faster ground and quite a bit further.

Desert River

There is a big article in the Racing Post today about stable staff and it looks as if there will be more articles this week. There is plenty of effort being made to recruit and retain staff. There are two priorities. Firstly, both racing schools need to improve their training, so when the youngsters eventually hit the yards, they are not put off by the reality of the job. There is a big difference from being at school, and at the work place. The other thing we need to improve on is accommodation for staff. It is a must to have a clean, warm environment when they go home. This staff situation has been caused purely by the expansion of the fixture list with the BHA pampering to the racecourses  and the bookmakers.