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Glorious Goodwood!

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

"A horse is God's gift to mankind."

Arabian Proverb.

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The string in the Limekilns Belt

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                                                   Going towards Railway Land

A damp morning after a bout of heavy showers. First lot went to the Al Bahathri all-weather gallop and did some fast work over about seven furlongs, and second lot did some good upsides work on Warren Hill. One or two of the two-year-olds are starting to show some ability and it all augurs well for the future.

It's the start of Glorious Goodwood today which is always one of my favourite meetings. If you have never been, and I say this every year on the website, you must try to go and experience the atmosphere and views. Unfortunately I won't be having a runner there until the weekend so Saturday looks like the only day I will be making an appearance. The highlight of the week will undoubtedly be Frankel who will be making one of his last appearances on a racetrack and surely will attract many people. If you can possibly go, then make the effort.


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Optimistic


Our industry is really in a financial mess with no clarity on where all the revenue comes from or goes to. There is an example today in the Racing Post with the Levy Board refusing to fund British Thoroughbred Marketing or the Horsemen's Group. These bodies do a great job for British racing. One sings our praises and tries to attract and encourage new owners into Britain, and the other has put great pressure on the racecourses to up their prize-money. But at present it seems nobody is allowed to know how much income is generated from all the various sources including media rights, overseas betting etc. Until everybody is  actually aware of all this  I don't know how anybody can plan for the future. No doubt one or two people are in the know but they are certainly not letting anybody else have any idea.