Horse welfare is paramount ...

Galloping on the Peat Moss....

Friday, 12 August 2011

"Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing."

 - Albert Schweitzer

120802First lot arriving on Racecourse Side at 7.10 am.

Much milder this morning but there is heavy cloud and it has been trying to rain all morning without much success.
I took first and second lot over to the Peat Moss gallop on Racecourse Side to work, which was lovely ground and the horses were making a good print. First lot consisted mainly of older horses, who all went nicely and then a bunch of two year olds went second lot; for some of these two year olds it was the first time that they had been over there and it was great experience for them.

120815MHT with Bridget and John Brenchley plus Conrad Lockey

No runners today, mainly due to the firm ground where I had entries but Piccarello is declared at Lingfield tomorrow and I have plenty of entries all next week, particularly at the York Ebor meeting. I love York but this Ebor meeting is very special and I try to have runners and winners there whenever possible.   

120824Mystery Star (Rhea) and Ted Spread (Butch)

I see in today's Racing Post that 'lasix' is to be banned in America for two year olds from next year. This has to be right and I commend the authorities for taking this step. Lasix is a diuretic, which makes the blood more viscous and, therefore, less likely that the horse will bleed from his lungs in his races. Quite frankly, any two year old that is bleeding should not be racing in the first instance and if the object of top class racing is to decide the best of breed and which horses should become breeding stock, then masking a problem like bleeding behind medication cannot be justifiable. 

120845Kathleen Frances striding out under Dan

120857Astromoon (Lee) and Dazinski (Steve)

120864Astrovenus (Abbi) and Astromagick (Hannah)

120895Piccarello having a blow under Iain before his run tomorrow

120880First lot walking home along The Watercourse