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It was very nice to have a visit

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

"But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold."

Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Pageant Master and Isaac Murphy

It started very overcast and quite cool, but has quickly got warmer and blue sky is appearing. It’s a quietish morning with the horses cantering wise and we have had a visit from my brother, my nephew and great niece and nephew to see the horse they have a part share in. A full complement of staff in and everything has gone well.

My brother David and his family

Watching the horses cantering

The race wasn’t run particularly to suit Ginger Lady last night. It was a real stop go gallop, and she could never get into a steady rhythm. I will be trying her on the turf next time which I think should suit her. She has plenty of ability and should be winning races before too long.

Garrel Glen

There are headlines on the front of the Post today which we don’t want to see with a trainer fined a considerable amount and her father banned for several years. This was all from a sample that was taken in 2016 in what was a retrospective test of a sample. This case will certainly put in every trainers mind the importance of keeping their medical records up to date and to ensure that they are aware of withdrawal times of anything that is given to their horses. Our vets are brilliant today and veterinary science is changing all the time. In my opinion British racing is the cleanest racing in the world and this was just a very unfortunate case. The strict liability rules, which the BHA is insisting every trainer is under, are all well and good, but there is no yard in the country that somebody couldn’t enter and give a horse something without the trainer’s knowledge.


More rain is forecast for Thursday

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

"If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow."

William McFee.

Being washed down after exercise

After rain overnight we have had no more this morning but it’s been overcast and I think more is due, especially on Thursday. It’s been a busy morning in fact one of those mornings which drive you to distraction, but most businesses have these sorts of days and everything is soon forgotten. First lot galloped on the turf Between The Banks, which all went well. It was great to be back on the turf and I always love this gallop. Second and third lot kept to the Southfields Round polytrack where we cantered a mile and a half at a steady pace. Everything went smoothly.


We have one runner today late afternoon at Chelmsford where we run Ginger Lady in the 5 o’clock. She ran well there last time and I am sure will do so again. There are one or two in the race who have some reasonable form. It looks like we will be having several runners on Thursday and Friday and I am very optimistic about a good show from them all.

Astromerry having a pick of grass

It was interesting to hear this morning that most premier league football clubs don’t require spectators at their grounds to make a profit as the money from the TV company’s is so huge. I ponder the idea that most racecourses would make more money if they had no spectators, as they wouldn’t need all the staff numbers and would only need the stewards, medical staff and stall handlers. It is just me wondering after hearing the football news on the radio.


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