Four Fifty Three runs today in the 4.55 ....

A stunning morning

Wednesday, 02 November 2011

"Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all."

Sir Winston Churchill.

021101Second lot preparing to go onto the heath

A much brighter morning with a nice breeze but still very mild. It must be the lull before the storm as we are forecast a lot of rain at the weekend.

021102In the sun in the school

After yesterday's work morning, we have had an easier time with a good walk, a little canter and a pick of grass in the sunshine.

021104Steve and David getting the Namid yearling ready to lunge

Steve and David are getting on with the breaking-in of the yearlings and so far they have all been very amenable to the task.

Our three runners yesterday performed like I expected. Unfortunately we didn't have a winner, but Comrade Bond improved again under a 6lb penalty to be second. He and the winner look to be very progressive types. Zenarinda ran a sound race to be third; she travelled like the winner in the straight but got a bit short for room and hit a flat spot about one and a half furlongs out, which just made the difference. Old Boy Ted hadn't a clue about going around a bend, but will have benefited enormously from this outing and will be going hurdling from now on, when hopefully he can get some soft ground. Redcar said that the ground was good, only for Iain to find it was on the fast side and called good to firm in places, which certainly didn't help our chances.

The Levy agreement was another last minute settlement and it certainly once again didn't come out in the racing industry's favour. The bookmakers, who are managing their businesses properly, always seem to run rings around our part-time negotiators and until we get some professional input into our side to explain our position that the government can understand, I fear we are going to be stuck in this rut. The facts of the matter are that the bookmakers and racing could work well together to increase turnover and attract more investment into the sport - but nobody seems to be able to pull them all together. It is such a pity.

On a more positive note, I will be schooling Ted Spread again on Friday - and what a high class hurdling recruit he is!