Horse welfare is paramount ...

The Reuben Brothers make a sucessful purchase

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”

Albert Einstein.


Cat Island (Abbi) My Guardian Angel (Wajid)

A clear blue sky but there was a nip in the air at first lot which meant that a coat was needed while watching the gallopers on the Cambridge Road polytrack. Eddie Ahern made an appearance in the yard this morning, and rode two lots of fast work for us. He is still recovering from an arm injury but it doesn’t seem to hinder him too much, although he can’t ride on the track until the middle of April. Everything went smoothly first lot on Racecourse side and second lot was similar on Long Hill. All the horses are progressing as I would like.


Cotton Grass (Iain) Dazinski (Steve)

I was delighted with Marvo yesterday who won very nicely and deserved this victory. He has been a great horse for us over the years and doesn’t deserve the comments that have been said about him but both punters and press. He has had one or two indifferent rides this year, and should have won two or three rather than just the one. He was home bred by Mystic Meg at Dullingham out of her good mare Mega, and has given his owners plenty of fun and excitement throughout his career. He has had a few training problems including a colic operation which nearly ended his life, so he has done brilliantly to get back on the track. He is not finished yet, and I would hope he can add a few more wins to his tally as the season goes on.


The Guv'nor talking to Butch (Barwick)

It is the big build up to The Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster and The Dubai World Cup meeting. Both of which take place at the weekend. The Racing Post is full of articles on both and it’s marvellous to be talking about the flat at last rather than all the jumping. Godolphin are having a couple of runners in the Lincoln for the first time which is livening up the betting ring. There is £100,000 in prize money up for grabs so it is well worth going for. The only problem now with all these big handicaps is that you need a group horse to actually get in the race. The lower rated horses that used to have a chance in years gone by have no chance of making the cut, which is sad in a way as it tends to cut out the smaller trainer and jockey.


The Guv'nor pictured with the Brenchleys - giving instructions to the string

The Office of Fair Trading announced yesterday that the Reuben Brothers purchase of Arena Leisure would not be referred to The Competition Commission. This opened the way for the two racecourse groups - Northern and Arena to merge; bringing together sixteen racecourses staging nearly 40% of British fixtures. Whether this is a good idea or not is open to debate and we will have to wait and see, but owners are getting hot under the collar about prize money and costs and if this group wants to entice them to run their horses they must put these owners as their number one priority.


Star Commander (John) Battery Power (Butch) coming to the top of Long Hill