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Good work morning

Friday, 30 June 2017

"The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you."

John E. Southard.


What a magical morning first lot

It's a mixture of sunshine and cloud today but with no wind and the temperature has increased from yesterday.We galloped some horses at first and second lot on the turf Across the Flat. It was riding like a carpet. I had Gabriele Malune in this morning who rode work at both lots. I was very pleased with how everything went. We've been using the polytracks on Hamilton Hill for the other lots.


Rum Ration and Four Fifty Three, and below a debrief with the Guv'nor


Clearance ran much better, than on his debut, at Nottingham yesterday. He was prominent for a long way before just getting tired inside the two pole. He had a good blow afterwards and will have benefitted greatly from the race. A big baby, he is starting to grow up and I think we may run him again next week which will bring him on once again.

One runner this weekend with Sandwood Bay running at Lingfield on Saturday in the 7.40. She is drawn on the stands' side rail and let's hope she runs well.


Clearance's and Hold Firm's dam, Four Miracles, protecting her fast asleep foal (by Fast Company) yesterday

It's the Irish Derby this weekend with Aidan running five individuals in it. It looks to me like being very tactical once again and the ground will be on the soft side. You would think that Wings Of Eagles should follow up his Epsom victory. The Irish authorities have for some reason kept the race at the Curragh which is being redeveloped and the crowd will be restricted to 6,000. This seems a bit silly to me as they have other courses which could have accomodated a much bigger audience.


Our Little Owl on the chimney

If any of you have visited the excellent new National Heritage Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket you have only a few days to vote for it in  their quest to be Museum of the Year 2017. There are plenty of ways to vote and you can either find out by looking on line or there is an article in the Racing Post today.


    Phil on Friday

There are three kinds of lies:   lies, damned lies and statistics.  So said Benjamin Disraeli.

We should have learned to cope with the first two, having been through so many election campaigns here and abroad lately, and a referendum.  As for statistics …. we’re drowning in them. We are bombarded by far too many. We could easily be led astray, albeit unintentionally.

Cricket: A ‘bat speed indicator’ has recently been introduced. What on earth is that, and what does it mean? True, cricket is a game that thrives on statistics, but at this rate we’ll be into ‘Who score quickest, redheads or dark-haired players?  How old is the groundsman’s dog here, compared to Old Trafford?’

Football: ‘How many kilometres has this or that player run today? How is his big toe getting on – can we have an X-ray image on screen please? Let’s track his position on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes (already available!) How many headed goals did Northampton score in the final five minutes of games last season?’ I’m sure even that can be found somewhere.

Lord preserve us.

Then take the sports news on TV – and the national news as well for that matter. Not only are we expected to listen to the newscaster, but other data passes constantly across the bottom of our screens and in the case of sport, especially if you’ve got Sky, up the sides as well. Sometimes there are four pieces of statistical information before our eyes at any given time.

Einstein would struggle to cope with that lot.

What about racing? Yes, of course, much of the information available from one source or another can be valuable. The problem is, how many hours are required to take in all these statistics from four, five or six meetings a day?  Too many for the average punter I reckon.  Like me, he’s likely to say, ‘Forget it. This makes my brain hurt.’

If the number of race meetings in Britain was halved, and prize-money increased accordingly, I’d wager that betting revenue would not drop one iota. It would probably increase.

On the subject of betting, I think I’ll skip bingo, poker, roulette, who’ll score first after how many minutes, televised racing from Penn National whatever that might be about at 1 o’clock in the morning, and plenty of other obscure stuff besides. The most extreme cynic might think all this is calculated to induce a gambling addiction or feed an existing one. Who could possibly benefit from the infliction of such misery? Ask yourself …. 

So I shall continue to avoid the numbingly puerile virtual racing, not bother in the small hours with Presque Isle Downs (don’t ask), Argentinian football matches like Estudiantes v. Quilmes  (the home side were 5-1 ON early in the week, but I haven’t checked the final outcome – might have missed a trick there!) or any other such silliness. I’m off to Mildenhall dogs instead!