The turf season is just around the corner ...

We have two runners today at Yarmouth

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

"I look into the faces of people struggling with their own lives, and I do not see strangers."

Robert Brault.


It’s not raining this morning and a dry day is forecast, but more rain tomorrow and then showers for the rest of the week. The day is going as well as it could do with the flag flying at full height and an extra member of staff joining us in the yard. We have been exercising on the polytracks this morning and all has gone well. We still need full time riders, and a member of staff for the stud.


I was pleased with the run yesterday of Clearance, who stayed on well in the straight. He is learning all the time, he looks like he wants a bit further and needs to strengthen up a bit more. He has got the right attitude and tries hard, so I am sure we can place him to his advantage shortly.

We have two runners today, both at Yarmouth and both two-year-old colts. Our first runner at 2.10 is Saint Anthony who makes his debut with Joey Haynes in the saddle. Both these divisions look quite warm and there are no great expectations with him today. A good experience will benefit him greatly for the future. Exactly the same thoughts go to Roof Garden next in the 2.45, the second division. He at least has had a run and will improve on what he did last time. This looks a hotter division of the two, but you can never tell and I am sure there will be plenty of winners come out of them both. 


There is a double page spread on the history of the Tote today in the Racing Post, and how it has evolved from the beginning, to its eventual sale to Betfred. This makes for fascinating reading and you can form your own conclusions, but my opinion is it has been run very poorly by lame duck politicians and our rulers certainly didn’t try hard enough to buy it when the government put it up for sale. As usual there are always behind the scenes goings on, which we mere mortals are not privy too, but I am sure we must have been able to find some bright ambitious brains that would have run it better than how it has been run at present, and it would have benefited the sport enormously.  It is a three part series and we will see how it continues over the next couple of days.

True Calling pulled out for second lot

I must comment on one thing I did last week, in that I spoke to a group of young people from Dubai who had been fast tracked by Sheikh Mohammed to go on a learning curve about the industry. I gave them a talk on a trainers view and I must say the eight of them, four men and four ladies, were very impressive. The average age wouldn’t have been more than early 20’s and if they are anything to go by, Sheikh Mohammed, and Dubai, have nothing to worry about with this sport going forward. Their enthusiasm and interest was marvellous to see. I wish them all well in which ever section of the industry they chose to work in.

Hunnie sorting out the Haygain

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