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Plenty of rain in Newmarket

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

"Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax."

Arthur Schopenhauer.


Opening the gate to set off in the rain at first lot

We had a very wet night with plenty of thunder and lightening and it's been raining for most of the morning. I have kept the horses close to home and all the staff, both yard people and riders, have been working very well. We have had over 40 mm of rain here at Newmarket and the ground on the course has now turned to soft. Unbelievably Bath is still firm and Newbury good to firm. It just goes to show how hit and miss making plans for horses can be, but there are no lack of runners at either course.


Clearance having a pipe opener

I see this completely crackers idea of having horse racing in the middle of cities is still on the agenda. Everytime I read it I think it is April Fool's Day. When there is a major accident to a horse or jockey or spectator the idiots who are dreaming this up will realise that horses are not cars.



It's Carlisle's big meeting of the year today with the Cumberland Plate and the Carlisle Bell, plus they have added a listed fillies race with good prize money. Mind you saying that, both the Plate and the Bell were worth a lot more than this 10 years ago. I have won the Plate in the past and have been trying to win the Bell for years. You just need to get lucky with a horse handicapped to win it. Funnily enough it tends to rain on this big day for some unknown reason.


Velvet Vision and in the yard below


There is the first of a two part article in the Racing Post today about how Brexit will affect the racing industry. I'm sure they will sort out the travel between countries with livestock whether it be chickens and pigs or horses. As for the foreign workers problem we get very few people now from Europe. Our main flow of workers, which has stopped now, was from Pakistan and India and the Europeans tended to come for a season and then move on. The Irish and French will still want their horses bought by British owners and there will be a big lobby for that to continue. I'm sure it will all work out for the best in the end.