In and out as quickly as possible ...

A Heath full of journalists

Thursday, 05 April 2012

“He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”

Alexander Hamilton.


The Guv'nor watching second lot canter past

It was an overcast morning and certainly still a bit on the cool side, especially when we took first lot on to Warren Hill. It was full of journalists who had come to see John Gosden’s Classic hopefuls; it’s that time of year when everybody is speculating as to which will be their best horses and where they will run. I didn’t inform them that this year's Derby winner was cantering up the hill! A good healthy exercise was had, and everything is still making good progress. At this stage of the season I couldn’t be happier.


Astromagick (Jordan) bringing up Astroscarlet (Abbi)


There was a great bit of news this week and it’s all about our yard and stud vet, Rob Dallas, who has been made a partner in the equine veterinary practice Rossdales. We are all delighted for Rob as he has worked very hard, is a great team player, and has plenty of ambition for the future. His desire as a young lad was to be in a boy band, hence his spikey hairstyle sometimes, but underneath he is very determined and this new chapter in his life is very well deserved.

Rob Dallas - Our Yard and Stud vet

The monthly newsletter from the National Trainers' Federation came through the post this morning. It provides a useful update and check on all matters to do with the industry. One thing that caught my eye, and has been a bugbear of mine for a while, are the penalties and operation procedures surrounding jockeys weighing out, who then weigh in either too light or too heavy. The weights that are published in all media outlets including the race cards are displayed in stones and pounds. However the scales in the weighing rooms were converted a few years ago. The old style ones that displayed the weight in such a way that everybody could see the correct weight were changed to a more modern system of computerised plates. These show the weight on screens which are very slow in coming up. I am positive that any trainer standing waiting for the saddle could not see the actual weight that his jockey had weighed out at. I have mentioned this to many Clerks and received varying replies, most of which were that the technology is just not up to scratch. My point here is, how can anybody be fined if we don’t know the exact weight our horses are carrying?


Jennifer J (Rhea) leads up Five Hearts (Hannah)