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A good breeze....

Monday, 29 August 2011

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

~ Mahatma Gandhi

290804First lot sets off at the bottom of Long Hill

A good breeze is keeping the temperature down this morning, making it feel like autumn. We are pretty thin on the ground today with quite a lot of staff away either travelling horses or on holiday or other! So it has been all hands to the pump and everybody has pitched in together. We have been cantering on the grass on Long Hill, which is still in good condition but a few more dry days will see us back on the all-weather.

290812Kathleen Frances (Butch)

All our runners yesterday earned prize money. At Yarmouth, Astrolibra, who didn't stay the mile and six furlongs, finished fourth and Locum, who I didn't think would like the soft ground, finished second. Ted Spread was fourth in the Group 2 at Deauville, earning £12,000 for his connections, so it was well worth going. The ground was very soft and holding there, which suited the French much better than us. He is on his way back and, at this moment, is waiting on the dock at Calais to catch the boat. The winner of the race was by Even Top, our very gallant 2000 Guineas runner-up, and it was great to see him siring a very good horse. The French public love this winner and he is without doubt one of the most popular in France.  

290848Blimey O'Riley (Dan)

One runner today at Warwick, where Astromoon runs in the 5.05 pm race. She has run well on one or two previous occasions without reaching the frame but I think she is on the upgrade. There is plenty of pace on here which will suit and I am hoping with a bit of luck that Jimmy Quinn can get her involved today.  

290850Shomberg (Lauren)

I mentioned on Saturday that there were 30-odd non runners when, in fact, there turned out to be 90 of them on the flat alone and my piece about 48 hour declarations holds true. I read in yesterday's Racing Post that several people didn't think it had anything to do with the declaration time but what do they think it was? The only explanation is the change in going, which nobody could have predicted 48 hours beforehand - that is the only reason. Let's hope we don't have a quango formed, costing us time and money to look into this matter.

290869Cornish Quest (Steve)

What an article from Howard Wright today in the Racing Post! Mike O'Kane, the Ladbrokes trading director, says a reduction in bottom-end fixtures is not the answer to British racing's declining income from the bookmakers. You must read this article, as these are the bookmakers, who worked with the industry to increase the fixture list, only to hop off overseas the very next month, where they pay no tax. The simple answer is to put a betting tax on every transaction, whether in the shops or online. Both the Government and racing would benefit greatly from such a tax, owners would once again invest in horses, the quality of racing would go up, the public would become more interested and everybody in the whole industry could look forward and plan for the future. The bookmakers have run rings around us for so long, it is time we fought back.

290875Walking home