The whip rules debate continues ...


Perfect weather for the horses

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

"One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks."

Jack Penn. 

The yearlings are now on Hamilton Hill

A very similar morning to yesterday with bright sunshine, no rain and no wind. It looks as if it will stay this way for at least the rest of the week. We have had a great morning once again with the horses having a good exercise in this lovely weather which is perfect for them all. After their injections a warm dry week is ideal.

Cantering in a group

A power cut at Chelmsford last night meant that racing had to be abandoned after the third race and I just wondered why there were no back up generators in place. Now that we have three, and about to be four, flood lit tracks I hope the BHA can recommend, or whatever they do, that the said courses have alternative plans if needed. Last night's problem was once again costly for all involved.

Going so well

I see Towcester racecourse could soon be in action again although we shall not know it's actual fate until the new year. The administrators announced yesterday that they had sold the assets to a company linked to the original course chairman, Lord Hesketh. It will be fascinating to see what emerges in the spring.

Walking back


Tim and Willie have been brilliant

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

" I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man."

George Washington.

The sky at first lot

It's a bright, cool but sunshiney morning with no wind once again. Everybody is in who should be and we are still doing light exercise as we shall be all week. I may have to give one or two a canter as they are certainly mad fresh and it's better to be safe than sorry. We shall be riding the last two yearling fillies this morning for the first time, and then all the ones that are in will have been backed and ridden away. I can't praise Tim and Willie enough and they have done a top class job. It is great to have everything broken and ridden by the end of November.

Yearlings walking round the yard before exercise

I see there are at least 80 MP's who aim to challenge the decision in last month's budget not to implement the FOBT stakes to £2 immediately. It had been delayed to October next year but this group want to force the government to introduce it this April. I'm sure if they managed to get their amendment to a vote they would win it. I hope they do.

Five yearling colts trotting in formation

The first jump meeting of the year at Leicester was supposed to be next Monday but it has already been cancelled due to hard ground. They have had hardly any rainfall at all this year and it just goes to show how the ground can differ on different tracks. At least this clerk of the course has been honest about the going unlike so many of them who just think of the number of runners they can attract. I hope the track has some good rain in the next month. The one good thing about this is that the turf will be much stronger as the  roots will go down looking for water rather than going sideways as happens on watered ground.

Autumn leaves by the Hamilton Hill


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