Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

A really warm morning

Friday, 03 June 2011

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill


A beautiful morning to canter round Side Hill

A really warm morning and it looks like being one of the hottest days so far this year. At least they are going to have a couple of good days at Epsom for the next two Classics. Everything has been out this morning and we have cantered on Side Hill and Warren Hill. All the horses are getting plenty of electrolytes in their water which replenishes the salts they lose in exercise.

03-06-03Steve watching the string from on high

If you are going to Epsom today or tomorrow have a great day, get there early and enjoy the fanastic experience of an Epsom Derby Meeting. It's the Coronation Cup and the Oaks today, both Group Ones. Although it is a small field for the Coronation Cup, there are a couple of top class runners in St. Nicholas Abbey and Midday. In the Oaks we have both the English and Irish Guineas winners in the field, along with many other high class fillies. I am a Havant fan myself, but would have liked to see the ground a bit on the softer side for her.
03-06-14             03-06-18         

                Cornish Quest (Hannah)                                           Astrovenus (Abbi)

03-06-17Cornish Beau (Ian)

It looks like the government has decided upon the Tote going to the bookmaker Betfred. We will now be the only country in the world which has not got a Tote purely beneficial to the racing industry. Absolutely crackers! Why we cannot get our act together is beyond me. The only answer I can see is that our racecourses should start their own Tote business. I can't see any reason why this cannot happen, but I am sure somebody will point me in the right direction.  I have just read on a website that Betfred will have the exclusive licence to operate pool betting on all U.K. racecourses - so that scuppers my idea then. Just think we licensed betting shops in the 60's, then gave away our picture rights and now the Tote. If only the government understood our industry properly. This is the equivalent of Gordon Brown selling off our gold reserves - complete madness and a panic reaction.

03-06-21Circling after the canter

03-06-31Crossing Warren Hill

It's not only the government that doesn't understand our industry, as tomorrow, Derby Day, we have Epsom, Doncaster, Musselburgh, Hexham and Worcester, and then Lingfield and Newcastle at night. We may even have a time clash as the 3.55 at Doncaster goes off 5 minutes before the Derby. I said it last year and I'll say it again, there should only be one meeting on Derby Day.