Velvet Voice runs at Wolverhampton ....

A very mild morning but windy...

Wednesday, 27 October 2010


The famous Tattersall's fox, also known as 'the palladium of Tattersall's'


"A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires." 



The Act One ex Torcross colt floats around the lungeing ring 

A very mild morning but windy and again very dark. I can't wait for the clocks to go back this weekend, as it will make everything much lighter in the mornings and safer as well, with horses and people being much more visible. First lot have had an relaxing time after working yesterday with just a nice walk, trot and easy canter. Second lot are doing the same and then several of the staff will be going up to the sales to lead our draft through at approximately 11.30 am. 


Being long-reined home

Our first batch of horses goes through the sales this morning and let's hope they sell reasonably well, as all of them are sound and still have futures. The sales so far have been quite good, especially for the most sought-after lots: the highly rated ones, which can run in the Dubai Carnival or suit American tracks. There is still a demand from all parts of the world  for racehorses and I have always thought that if the breeders can't sell yearlings it is wise to put them into training and sell them as racehorses either in July or at this week's sale. They often get a good price for them and, although training is a cost, there is also the possibility of making a good profit if things go the right way. The other thing that could happen is that they could hit the jackpot, as you never know the ability of horses until you try them.


The pre-sale viewing and inspection area at Tattersalls

The headlines in the Racing Post today make disappointing reading and it looks like once again, and I can't understand or believe this, that an independent report for the Levy Board, done by Deloittes, has failed to grasp what is actually happening in the real world. I have not read the report or even seen it but, from the editorial in the paper,  Deloittes  were not persuaded by the claim that horseracing is the 'anchor product that brings in betting shop punters'. What do they think people go into a betting shop for, maybe to buy a coffee or keep warm - it is completely beyond me. They have also failed to address betting exchanges and offshore betting operations. Now is the time for the BHA, our leaders, to stand up and be counted, earn their money and tell everybody - the people who really matter - what is happening to this industry.