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The Ups and Downs of Racing

Monday, 03 July 2017

"New blessings and old, frequent blessings and those once in a blue moon, appreciate them all."

Terri Guillemets.



It's a bright morning with a good breeze which is keeping the temperature at a perfect level. We are a bit short of riders in the yard today, having a runner at Pontefract and a holiday maker away, but everybody is working really well and all the horses are getting a good exercise. Two canters on the polytracks close to home have been the exercise of the day.


Bracken Brae

Sandwoo0d Bay was a bit disappointing on Saturday night. We may have to find her an alternative job. I think the ground was rather sticky for her, but I'm not one for making too many excuses.

We have one runner today at Pontefract. Gee Sixty Six runs in the 3.30 the mile and a half handicap. He's been learning his job and has never really run a bad race. I'm hoping he can get settled today and show a bit more of what he can actually do. If all goes well he is not without a chance of being in the first four.


Lost The Moon

It just goes to show that in this sport you are up one minute and down the next. Wings of Eagles won the Epsom Derby and ran a very sound race to be third in the Irish equivilent on Saturday only to be found lame the next day with a sesamoid injury These little bones at the back of the fetlock can break into all sorts of pieces and are not like real bone as they are very brittle. He has now been retired. Let's hope he is a popular stallion. He should be considering how extremely brave he must be to run so well with his injury.



There is so much to talk about in the racing world at present. Musselburgh's future is in doubt due to political wrangling within the local council. The after racing band situation continues to cause problems. Following Newmarket's debacle, we now have a no show band at Doncaster with the booked group making excuses as to why they couldn't turn up. Then we have a big article today and tomorrow on how to get more people engaged in the sport. So far in two pages we have had the statistics and people with their own interest at heart giving opinions. I think there is very little wrong with our sport, in fact we have the second biggest attendance after football with nearly 6,000,000 racegoers visiting the tracks. This constant analysis doesn't do much good. We need to encourage more owners that is true, but there is only one way to do that which is to increase prize money dramatically. Also it would help greatly if it was made easier to become an owner, plus if owners were looked after properly at  all racecourses.


Richard Marriot (centre) and companions with the Greyhound Derby trophy which was  won by his friend Geoff Hill's dog

This was the first time the Greyhound Derby had been run at Towcester and it was a great success with a bumper crowd of 5,000. It was won by a great dog  with a extremely poignant victory for the trainer who had  lost his daughter very recently and I'm sure she was the angel blowing the dog home. A rainbow even appeared over the trophy presentation.