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What a glorious morning....

Thursday, 04 August 2011

“Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.”

 - William Shakespeare

040805MHT and the Reverend Graham Locking sharing a joke, despite the weather

What a glorious morning - good heavy rain and it is still coming down - just what the doctor ordered. Everybody got soaked during the first couple of lots but they are not complaining, as it is not cold. At last the rain is getting into the ground. A good couple of canters up Warren Hill in preparation for faster work tomorrow.

040803First lot walking down Warren Hill in the rain

Very bad news from the Levy Board again this morning with the Levy looking likely to fall by a massive amount once again. This causes a knock-on effect with the racecourses and their future fixture list planning. It looks as if there will only be £30m or less compared with £64m a couple of years ago. We are fast getting to a situation where the Government must bring in legislation to correct this matter. It must make sure that tax is paid on all bets worldwide from our industry.The product is supplied by all the hard-working professionals in the game along with tremendous support from the owners who provide and pay for the horses that are gambled on. For the life of me I can't see why our so-called leaders cannot get this across.

040820Second lot walking alongside the Heath House wall

I see Michael O'Leary of Ryanair fame is ruling himself out of being the successor to Dennis Brosnan as supremo of Horseracing Ireland. He would make a fantastic one and I only wish he would take over at the BHA but as he says he wouldn't touch it with a bargepole. What the powers-that-be seem not to want, is anybody with any go or gumption - more is the pity.

040828Cotton Grass (John) and Astromagick (Hannah) in the torrential rain

Two runners today, one at Yarmouth and one at Brighton. I think the ground at both courses is changing fast, in fact Brighton is already good-to-soft and Iain tells me it is still throwing it down there. Cornish Beau runs at Brighton in the 3.30 in a race that is well above tariff and would have a reasonable chance on good ground, I am not so sure how he will handle any softer but we will see. Astrovenus is in the 5.25 at Yarmouth, she ran with credit last time and I am hoping there is not too much rain for her, as she certainly has a chance of being in the shake-up.

040844Like Clockwork (Charles)



040845Toptempo (Paulo) and Lady Bellatrix (Nikki)


040847Mystery Star (Rhea)