Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

A chilly night....

Friday, 21 January 2011


"Genuine sincerity opens people's hearts, while manipulation causes them to close."

 - Daisaku Ikeda



Izzet, ridden by Lee, pulls out second lot 

A chilly night but the cloud stopped the temperature dropping too low; however, as dawn broke, the cloud lifted and the morning had a distinctly raw feeling to it. By third lot, the sun had come up and, even though it still feels cold, it is now a glorious, winter morning. The horses have been out on Warren Hill, having one or two canters and it is great that this recent better weather has allowed to me to get on with the horses and they are coming on in leaps and bounds.


Astroscarlet, ridden by Dan

It is encouraging to read in today's Racing Post that the debate, in the House of Commons yesterday, was constructive and, on the whole,  sympathetic to the plight of the racing industry. I see that Nic Coward is saying exactly what I said yesterday, which is that racing needs to work in partnership with the bookmakers to find a way forward. Matthew Hancock, our local MP, along with several other MPs spoke up well in defence of racing and its need to be better funded to maintain its position in an international market. There seems to be general agreement that the present Levy system is outmoded and needs to be replaced, so let's hope that a more equitable system of funding can be found. The present yearly, adversarial battle between bookmakers and racing is a hopeless way of resolving the matter and we all need to get together to secure the future of racing in this country.      


Rayvin Black, ridden by Ashley


Toptempo, ridden by Ashley


The two year olds, third lot, walking home with Sefton Lodge in the background