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Much colder this morning

Wednesday, 10 November 2010



Marvo (Colin Bolger) and Astrodonna (Mattie Bachelor) cantering down to school

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."  ~Winston Churchill



Marvo measures his stride carefully

Much colder this morning but no rain yet, I know it is due and there will be plenty of it when it comes. We have had a mixture of schooling, cantering and breaking-in yearlings the first two lots and everything has gone as well as can be expected. I know we think the same thing every year but I am especially delighted with this year's intake of youngsters: they look a really nice bunch (see our 'Horses for sale' section).   


Astrodonna is quickly away from her hurdle

Kinsya ran well yesterday to finish fourth in ground that can only be described as nearly unraceable. The jockeys this morning, who rode schooling, both had rides yesterday and described the ground as 'undescribeable' - that says it all. Kinsya jumped very well again and I am sure that, as soon as I get him over a fence, the better.


The first batch of yearlings trotting round like old professionals

Four runners today, three at Southwell and one at Kempton. Starting at Southwell in the 1.30 pm race, we run Battery Power; she ran very well last time at Lingfield to finish third and must have a chance in this contest, if handling this different surface. In the 3.00 pm race, we run Miss Wendy, in the mile and an half seller, she is another one who is an unknown quantity on the all-weather and, if taking to it, she must have a bit of a squeak. Astroleo has won on this surface and over this trip, he is fit and should be thereabouts as well. He enjoyed his spin over hurdles a month ago and will be going back to that sphere shortly. Astrovenus runs in the 6.20 pm at Kempton, the two mile handicap, for pathetic prize money and I am just happy that the lads will be back today rather than tomorrow. She ran well last time at Folkestone on the flat and is another making her all-weather debut today.  


The yearlings take a turn in the yard

Another fantastic article, on which I must comment, on page six in the Racing Post today, by Alastair Down. It should be compulsory reading for our leaders and everyone connected with Racing for Change. I make no bones about it, and state categorically, that the loss of Jim McGrath, as an independent member of the BHA, is a major mistake and one that everybody, that has let it happen, should be ashamed of. Time will show how big a mistake this is. My only hope is that somebody will eat humble pie and beg him to re-consider his position - his phone should red-hot but somehow I doubt it. We are run by people, who just do not understand how the industry works or are even prepared to find out. I feel so strongly about this and I am constantly hearing the same from all my colleagues.