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

A glorious day ahead

Thursday, 01 March 2012

"Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong."
Winston Churchill.


Shomberg (John) Joe The Coat (Wajid)

It was very misty as I drove in from Dullingham at 6 o’clock. There were banks of cloud all along the road and the same applied on The Heath at first lot; however, as the sun came up, it burnt it off and it now looks like a glorious morning. First lot visited The Al Bahathri via The Town Sand and Railway Land. We were only doing cantering work, but three canters were involved. Second lot went up the newly-harrowed Warren Hill polytrack and everything moved how I wanted them to. A few had a good sweat at both lots as their coats have been hanging on, but this good weather and work will put that right.


I had a busy day yesterday in London involving a couple of meetings with owners and then the Annual General Meeting of the National Trainers' Federation in Covent Garden. Paul Bittar, the Chief Executive of the BHA, was the guest speaker. He came across very well, and I think was well received by the members present. He needs to be very determined and change the culture within his organisation so that they understand and are working for the industry. For a period now we have been employing nondescript people who have only seemed to be in it for the money. With Mr Bittar, I believe we have found somebody who is passionate about racing. I think that he can see the big picture. We need to help him as much as we can, and hope he can turn this industry around as quickly as possible. We know it won’t happen overnight, especially with the legislation that the government need to bring in regarding that betting exchanges and offshore bookmakers, but there are many things he can do in the short term, especially within his own office.


Battery Power (Rhea) Astromagick (Robbie) Astrogold (Lee)

I can’t believe the news this morning, and I know every Sheffield Wednesday fan will feel the same, that Gary Megson, The Owls Manager, who is Wednesday through and through, has been sacked overnight. If you are lying third in the league, sure of a play-off place and have just beaten the old enemy you would have thought you would be a hero, not a villain. The only good thing about it is that he may be able to come and see his filly Barbsiz in the near future.