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

A bit overcast this morning....

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”

 - Buddha


Koraleva Tectona poses for the camera, while the string picks grass

A bit overcast this morning but still no rain and the ground is very dry, so it must be very fast ground on the racecourse for the first day of the Craven meeting. We have the Free Handicap today and the Nell Gwyn, along with an early Derby trial with the Fielden Stakes. I think they have been putting a bit of water on the course but it will certainly ride on the fast side. We have just had a normal morning with a good canter and a relaxing pick of grass, teaching this year's two year old intake how to pick grass and so far it is all going well.


Bird of Faith leading the string back


Khaled, hard at work as ever, cleaning the windows

Trainer, Mark Johnston, has been appointed a director of the BHA and he will bring some straightforward, no-nonsense, real knowledge of the industry to the party. Let's hope he doesn't get frustrated too soon with the politics in these organisations but I am sure he will really make a big difference.


Darren keeping everybody under control

I commented yesterday on the Tote and I still can't quite get my head round why somebody else other than the industry will be benefiting from the acquisition. We gave away betting shops, we gave away picture rights and now we are giving away the Tote. No other racing administration in the world would act like this but I suppose it is a sign of the times when we cannot do anything for ourselves without the European Union being involved. It is amazing to me that we can have a national referendum on the Alternative Voting system, which is a completely crackers idea and must be resisted at all costs and yet we can't have one on whether we should stay in Europe or not. It is costing an unbelievable amount anyway, so why couldn't they have put another YES/NO box on the form. The reason why is that it would be a resounding victory for the anti-European lobby. Our lives would have gone back to normal and the politicians could rule our county without any interference from anybody else. That is my rant for today!


Colin Williams showing the young ones how to do a horse up properly

It is great to read that Peter Toole has been woken from his coma and that things look slightly better. He still has a long way to go and everybody in Newmarket wishes him well and hopes he makes a full recovery.


Long term syndicate member and history teacher, Pat Cornell, telling On The Rocks about the Norman invasion