Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

A calm and cold morning...

Thursday, 23 December 2010





Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"





Mystery Star warms up on the horsewalker

A calm and cold morning, once again, in Newmarket but all the ailing and holidaying staff are filtering back. We have had a really good first couple of lots out with the radio blaring out Christmas songs in the indoor ride, so spirits are high. The horses that have arrived back from Garrowby have quickly settled back into the routine and David is getting on clipping, trimming and putting them back into shape.


Steve keeps an eye on Colzium (Abbi), as he pulls out second lot 

I hope you like the Christmas quiz, which is now on the 'Competitions' page - there are some great questions and it is well worth a go. The caption competition last week proved a big hit with stacks of entries, some very original ones, some unprintable ones, some very similar ones ( I am not always gelding horses), some football ones, e.g. "Sheffield Wednesday in the Premiership..... you're having a laugh" and "Arsenal win a trophy...... don't make me laugh" (Phil doesn't like that one) but the winner is Bryan Platts, who came up with this caption, which is in Yorkshire:

- "Eh up Guv!! 'Av just gotten back from Garrabe 'n thev got mi talking just liyk 'em!!"  

A prize awaits you Bryan and thank you to everybody who took part.


Lady Bellatrix  and Holly head over to the indoor ride with Ron in the background

I read in the Racing Post this morning that the jockeys are going to get half their riding fee, paid for a non-runner. Who agreed to this idea, I don't know? They say it is in  place of a pay rise but I cannot see any good reason for this ridiculous rule, which only puts more cost on to owners. The problem with non-runners is only caused by the 48 hour declaration system, which was foisted on us with the promise that overseas betting income would boost our prize money - well that has not happened. It looks to me like the racecourses are trying to fine everybody, who has a non-runner. They should bring in a rule that every time a meeting is cancelled because of a late inspection that all horses, trainers, jockeys and owners will get their travelling money back....but I can never see that happening. The majority of non-runners are notified very early in the day for a variety of reasons, so why penalize the owner, once again, who only wants his horse to run by adding more expense to an already disappointing day. They say this is to help the 'journeyman' jockeys, who only have a few rides and have big travelling expenses. To me it is just another expense for the owner to bear when he shouldn't be having to do so. Give the jockeys £1 or £2 more per ride if they feel that way but this is a bad, ill-thought out idea.    


Iain's tack room with all the owners' colours neatly hung until next needed