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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

"How others treat me is their path; how I react is mine."

Wayne Dyer.



It's slightly overcast this morning with no wind and it's still on the warmish side. We have some good rain forecast for later on today and tomorrow, with it continuing throughout the weekend. The exercise of the morning has been mainly on the Round Polytrack on Southfields which has been quite quiet so we have got on well.



I see William Hill have taken over  the sponsorship of the St Leger weekend at Doncaster from Ladbrokes. After all the furore of the authorised betting partnerships brought in by the BHA, it just goes to show how much horseracing is required by the bookmakers. There were many warnings from them that their sponsorship money would go elsewhere and not come back to our sport, but with this move and Ladbrokes taking on the Hennessy meeting at Newbury, it looks like it is business as normal and so it should be. I have called for years for everybody to work together for the benefit of all.


Astrosecret and below a debrief with the Guv'nor


I know I mentioned it at the time but the watering at Ascot was crackers and definitely something needs to be done about it. It is hard enough to get a horse to run well there without the added problem of the draw. There is absolutely no need to water unless the ground is hard and the clerks of the courses should stop playing around with nature. Whether the BHA will bring in any rules to stop this is debatable but, from the point of view of the trainers, owners, jockeys and people having a bet, knowing that the draw will not keep altering the result is a must.


Dot Green

Our local TV news last night was full of Newmarket races and the Little Mix concert which was held on Friday night. Some of the stories of families and disabled people were dreadful, and it sounds as if there was no area for them to be. It was just a free for all. I hope the course and the Jockey Club can sort this out quickly as the whole point, as I see these music nights, is to encourage a new audience to come racing who would then want to come back again. After Friday night the reverse will happen.