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We have two runners today

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

"A virgin forest is where the hand of man has never set foot."


Velvet Voice and Stellekaya

It’s a still, warm morning and we have been doing a wide variety of exercises with the horses, galloping on the Cambridge Road polytrack at first lot, working on the Watered Gallop second lot, plus I schooled one at the Links over the small all-weather hurdles. Both the non-runners are in from yesterday so we were able to get on reasonably well and the ones we worked, apart from one little hiccup, went well.

Hold Firm and Budgie

We have two runners today, one at Yarmouth this afternoon and the other tonight at Lingfield. Our first runner is in the two-year-old fillies’ maiden at 2.15. Honey Blossom makes her debut with Joey Haynes aboard. This looks quite a competitive race and as usual, one or two of these would have had much more galloping then we would have. I am sure she will not be disgraced and it will be interesting to see how she goes. She is from a very good family and has shown me a bit at home on the gallops. Tonight we have a second outing with Clearance. He let himself down badly the first time, has since been gelded and has passed his stalls test with flying colours. I have thrown him a bit in the deep end again tonight with two or three of these with ability, but the outing will do him the world of good and although he will need further in time, he should not be disgraced tonight.


I see the Tote is putting up their deductions from their win and place pools and they are blaming the reform of the Levy for the increase. It is amazing how the bookmakers find excuses to do these things and as we said at the time, it was a major mistake to sell the Tote to a bookmaker. Why the racing industry couldn’t have bought it in-house then I don’t know. They had plenty of time to know the government was going to sell it, and the powers that be within our industry should have been organised. They are now seven years down the line and with the licence now open to all next year, they are going to start up in competition with the majority of racecourses now on board.