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We have two runners today at Chelmsford

Thursday, 21 September 2017

"Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts."

Edward R. Murrow.

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Working in pairs this morning

It’s another very calm and still morning, with the temperature holding up well. It is forecast to rain later and get much colder, but staying reasonably dry over the weekend. We have galloped a few horses on the turf Across The Flat this morning, plus using Southfields Long Mile grass canter. All has gone well and everybody is in who should be. We are very pleased with the new yard person who started this week.

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Astrobreeze and Koin

Both colts ran with promise yesterday and will have benefited greatly from the days outing. The experience of travelling, getting saddled, paddock, stalls and the race, will have stimulated them mentally, and physically brought them on. They both behaved very well. Roof Garden won the best turned out, so at least we went home with a winner for the lads and they will both be winning races in the future. There was a good turnout of owners for Saint Anthony, which is always great to see, and I think both races will work out very well with lots of winners coming out of them.

Tonight we have two runners at Chelmsford City and as you can see big fields for the prize money that is on offer. Indian Red is our first runner at 6.15. He hasn’t run for well over four months and will need this outing tonight. I hope they go quick enough, which will help him settle and is what he wants to do. He is a horse who, without doubt, has plenty of ability, but needs to get it into his brains to relax more and this big field should help. Our other runner is Dixon in the 9.15, so I have three hours to kill at Chelmsford. I hope the owners and trainers bar are fully stocked with food and coffee. Dixon has had three runs so far, all in quite good maidens. He has had a few little niggling problems which have stopped him running for a couple of months, but he is ready to start back in harness tonight. I am still not 100% convinced about his trip and I will learn a lot more after this evening’s race.

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Astrofire and Astroblaze

I see Bedfred is ending their commercial relationship with the vast majority of racecourses. This means a loss of over £6 million in sponsorship and the shops will shut on the tracks. Let’s hope the new conglomerate of racetracks will have the monetary weight behind them to make up the shortfall. Betfred’s ownership of the Tote is analysed today in the second article in the Racing Post and you can make up your own minds whether it has been a success or not. 

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Saint Anthony in the parade ring at Yarmouth yesterday

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Pauline (our oldest owner) giving Saint Anthony a polo

There is an article today in the Racing Post whose author seems to criticise the Newmarket training fraternity for keeping their yards shut over the weekend. I don’t know how many open days the author has ever attended, but these days seem to be less and less popular every year. In my opinion he makes one or two interesting points, especially about the fall in owner’s numbers, which is what he should be mainly addressing. This is a big concern to everybody as there are very few trainers with orders for the yearling sales this year. The main elite owners will continue to monopolise these markets and their trainers will be packed to the rafters with new inmates, but the vast majority of trainer’s, country wise, will continue to struggle to attract owners to pay for their inmates. This is a trend that must be addressed and the author should use his brains on how we can address this, rather than criticise trainers who are working to their limits. My idea to make the open days better, is to open one centre every four years on a rotation basis, so Lambourn, Middleham, Epsom and Newmarket will be one every four years. It would make everything so simple and improve numbers, plus it makes common sense as less is always better then more more more.