A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

Quite a dull morning....

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

"The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears."

 - Arabian proverb

240804Ted Spread leads first lot up Long Hill

Quite a dull morning after some drizzle overnight. It has been another busy morning with canterers, some of the backward ones doing a bit more work and we have had three unraced fillies through the starting stalls on Racecourse Side. The equine pool has seen several swimmers and we are having our barn wall re-built, where the muck lorry hit it a few weeks ago. Skips, builders and blocks have been arriving all morning, which makes for quite a lot of organisation.

240808No Rules (Dan)

Last night's runner was disappointing, as he pulled too hard in the blinkers and seemed to hit every ridge in the straight, stumbling once or twice. He has been a bit frustrating at times this season but he does have the ability to win races and I think completely different tactics might help, along with a run over hurdles.
One runner this evening at Kempton in the 9.20 pm race, which is a completely barmy time to have a race, especially in an English summer when the boys won't be back until well past midnight. Imjin River is fitted with the blinkers for the first time, which could help to galvanise him. He has run one or two reasonable races this season on the turf and is a course and distance winner here but he will need to put his best foot forward to get involved tonight.  

240826First lot on Long Hill with the town in the background

I think the prize money situation is really starting to hit home, particularly when we read the front of the Racing Post re: the loss of opportunities in class 2 to 4 races. A lot of these races have become class 5 and 6, which cost the racecourses much less. The knock-on effect of this is a no-brainer, leaving the 85 to 105 rated horse who has plenty of ability, nowhere to run in England, which means he is either sold abroad or sent abroad to run. The Levy, which is on the decrease, due to the bookmakers going offshore and all the internet gambling nowadays, must be urgently addressed. If not we are going to have either the Festivals, which are for the cream of horses, or very low grade racing. If the industry is to survive and thrive, we must have something in-between, providing stepping stones to the top. Horses are like boxers that need to be brought along slowly, upgrading as they improve. Unfortunately, our world is full of factions that don't think about the horse, only their balance sheets. Let's hope we can get everybody working for the good of the sport and the horse.

240881Blimey O'Riley (Charles) cantering on the Town Sand

240830Comrade Bond (Abbi)

240831MHT with Graham Locking