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A busy morning with a healthy workout

Tuesday, 05 June 2012

“Science is organised knowledge. Wisdom is organised life.”
Immanuel Kant.

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The Guv'nor with a number of owners at first lot


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(L-R) Battery Power (Nikki) Kathleen Frances (Harry)


We have had quite a busy morning with a lot of visitors, especially at first lot. They all turned up to see their horses working; it was an ideal day for them to come with the double Bank Holiday and Tuesday being our work day. I took first lot across to Racecourse Side where the only gallop open was Across The Flat. It rode very well and everything went smoothly. I never want to find out which horse is better than another on the gallops, it is just a process of bringing them along, letting them improve in their own time and showing me that they are fit and healthy and ready to run, which quite a few did this morning.

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 (L-R) Like Clockwork (Robbie) Jennifer J (Lauren)

One runner today at Yarmouth – Barwick  in the mile handicap at 4:30. He has won and been second from two runs already this year and hopefully, if the ground is good or softer, he should run another sound race.

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 (L-R) Red Hermes (Abbi) Astroscarlet (Emillie)

I see there is a big debate in the Racing Post about the Classics being moved from their historic dates. I cannot agree with this and am firmly in the traditionalists’ camp. Once we start moving one or two races it causes all the other future races to be in the wrong place as well. We cannot even organise our race meetings on a daily basis. Take yesterday for instance, Carlisle, Cartmel and Redcar - all courses that are not too far from one another - on the same day. The race planning in this country is very poor and I have been calling for a centralised body to organise it for 30 years, but to no avail. The whole racing programme may need a shake-up and a modernisation but if we are going to do it, let’s have everybody agreeing and people who know what they are doing addressing it. Will it happen? Don’t hold your breath.

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The Guv'nor with the string