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We have one runner tonight at Wolverhampton

Wednesday, 05 September 2018

"Nobody is too old for fairy tales."

Anon.

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Ginger Lady on the Hamilton Hill

It’s an overcast day once again but no wind and the temperature is holding up ok. I can feel myself wishing for some rain now and it would certainly do some good. We have a yard full of riders this morning and have been getting on well with all the horses - cantering on the polytracks close to the yard, having a good exercise, a good wash down and a good pick of grass. All has gone well.

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Quanah having a pick of grass after his wash down

We have one runner tonight at Wolverhampton which will be a nightmare for the lads as it is the 8.25. This means they won’t be on the road back home until 9.30 at the earliest and that means the M6 / A14 diversions will be in play. I can feel a 1 o’clock in the morning return coming on. The sooner we get an all-weather track at Newmarket the better. It is absolutely barmy that this situation happens. I have fitted blinkers to Rum Ration this time out. He has the ability, but has not shown it yet. This race isn’t readymade for him as the top weight is very well in on ratings and they also claim off it. Let’s hope he can beat some and at least he will win £300 to help pay the bills.

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Des visiting Rosie Scot

There are two interesting articles today in the Racing Post. The first is on the trainer’s situation when a big owner moves a lot of horses which has happened to one or two trainers lately. It is a highly pressurised business and you have to have the resilience and be pragmatic about the future, but when you understand the game properly, as most trainers’ do, you will certainly understand that the sport is changing and the big owners and trainers are getting bigger, and the smaller ones are struggling. I have said it before and I will say it again, the BHA, the Owners Association and the Horseman’s Group for that matter have got to do something quickly to encourage new owners to come into the game.

The other interesting article, and it shows, is Mark Johnston talking about how he buys horses at the sales. He buys like we do, the ones that are not manipulated in price by the vendor’s high reserves. He also buys ones that are not completely correct in conformation. In fact if you go to the races and look at conformation you will see a tremendous amount of winners, or any winner for that matter, will have a leg on him in every county i.e. the conformation is not correct, but the agents won’t buy these types as they will be off putting to future purchasers. It is also interesting that Mark doesn’t bother about x-rays much which now seems to be the Holy Grail at top sales. It is like breeding, you need luck which when you get it is brilliant.

 

We worked on the Peat Moss turf gallop

Tuesday, 04 September 2018

"A friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should."

Anon.

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First lot (L-R) Astrofire, Roof Garden, Astrobreeze and Velvet Vision

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Exercise over and the four make their way back to the yard

It’s much cloudier today and we had the first good sky of the autumn. The forecast is for it to be dry all day but to get colder as the week goes on. We have a good lot of staff in and have been galloping horses on some fantastic ground on the Peat Moss turf. Everything went smoothly and the horses are really coming on. As usual we have a lot of backward youngsters who need educating and go through growth spurts. Most of ours you can’t force and you just have to let them come to themselves in their own time. It is mornings like this that one or two show you their wellbeing.

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Second lot with Velvet Vista leading Melo Pearl, Astroblaze and Astrosparkle

Four Fifty Three hated every minute of his day at Brighton - the track, the firmish ground and we can just forget what happened. He will be back on the all-weather next time. Sometimes these things work out and sometimes they don’t, yesterday was the latter. Mind you so did Sir Marks as well.

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Cloud formation over Newmarket this morning

It was great to read that they found the lad who went walkabout at Richard Guest's and I am sure he will be back in the fold very quickly. There is a lot of pressure on the staff and they are working to the maximum capacity, especially when they are travelling and getting back so late only to be in early the next day. These 8.45 races at Wolverhampton are no good to anybody and it is a good thing that next year the latest race will be 8.30.

I am delighted to see that the trainer whose lad was only helping get a horse to the start last week, by throwing a bit of water at it, has had his fine cancelled. It is completely barmy that this situation has ever risen. As the rules stand, you cannot help anybody do anything with the horses nowadays, which is the most stupid rule ever brought in. It is caused by politically correct BHA staff that know nothing about horses but receive the odd letter from the public when one is given a crack to go into the stalls. In France they can do anything and there is very little trouble, but we, in our wisdom, aren’t allowed to do a thing. There is no common sense or horse sense whatsoever at the BHA and the sooner we get some the better.

 
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