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The warm weather continues

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

"Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to."

George Seaton.

Astrofire leading Four Fifty Three

It’s a very similar day to yesterday and I have taken off one layer already. Who would think we are in October as it is still so warm and dry. I am sure we will pay for it later on. We have had two lots of workers on the Peat Moss this morning, which was certainly riding just like a carpet once again. We are so very lucky to have these facilities here in Newmarket.

Roof Garden upsides Garrison Law

It was a mixed day yesterday with our runners. The ground at Leicester was obviously on the fast side and when I heard the Clerk of the Course saying he had only had 7mm of rain, I knew we were onto a loser straight away. Velvet Vision had one of those days, a slow journey to the course because of hold ups, an idiot with a newspaper causing her to lose a hind shoe and having to be reshod and then she was never in the right place at the right time to land a blow. What she wants is easy ground, a bit further and then I am sure we will see a different filly. Just mentioning the newspaper above, the same man did it twice in other races and evidently was told about it, but to no avail. It is one of those things you have to live with. Pageant Master got chinned on the line at Newcastle, but he ran like I hoped he would do. He gave the winner quite a bit of weight and will certainly be winning races. He has got plenty of scope, is strong, he tries, will stay a bit further and there is still a few shares left in him if anybody wants to get involved. Just give the office a ring or drop us an email.

Rosie Scot at third lot

The highest price European yearling was sold yesterday at £3.4 million for a Galileo. It is just a fantasy world at the sales with rich people buying their own horses back in and glowing in the limelight. It is always the same three or four - Coolmore, Godolphin and their associates, with just the odd spring into the ring from a few others. I see the average and median are down though from last year and I am sure once we get into the realms of book 3 and 4, we will have a very quiet ring. I have said for some time that the big are getting bigger and the small are disappearing. If this is the way the BHA wants it to go, then so be it, but it will be very disappointing for the majority of racing professionals who all work tremendously hard to put on a show.

Pulling out

I see on the front page of the Racing Post that the Harry Angel debacle (when he had his foot on the starting stall at Ascot) came up at an international conference where horse racing authorities are trying to harmonise the race day rules. The man from Hong Kong said it would have been declared a non-runner there and the money would have gone back to the punters. That is all well and good and highly commendable but the only reason we knew he did what he did was because there was a camera overhead in the stalls. If this is the way we want to do it then that is fair, but I can’t see how it will work in practice. You could say that because the jockey failed to take the hood off a horse it should be declared a non-runner as well, plus many other things that would crop up. Once they have entered the stalls and they have opened, the only time there should be declared a non-runner is if they refuse to jump out, which does happen on occasions. There are a lot more rules that should be harmonised, other than this one.


We have two runners today

Tuesday, 09 October 2018

"Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal."

Friedrich Wihelm Nietzche.

Garrison Law

It’s a very warm morning and my comment on Indian Summers yesterday has certainly been proven right today. Absolutely no wind, blue sky and high temperatures have made it feel more like July rather than October. I am sure the vendors at October 1, which starts today, will be delighted with this weather as horses always look better in the sunshine and the sales are much easier for everybody to work when it is not raining and cold. With two lots of runners today, both leaving relatively early, we have been a bit short on the ground with riders, but they are getting them out well and all having a good canter.


We have two runners today our first is at Leicester in the 2.15, the mile and a half handicap. I hope the ground is on the good side as that is what this filly certainly wants, if not softer. She was a bit unlucky last time when getting blocked on her run and she must have a good each way chance here today. Our other runner is Pageant Master in the 6.45 at Newcastle. It is a long way to go but there are not many races at this time of year and it forces everybody to run. Fourteen runners tonight in the seven furlong nursery, all for the pittance of £3,000 to the winner and expenses will take nearly all of that at the end of the month. Hopefully this step up in trip will suit this colt and unless there is a real unknown in here, he is another that should give us a shout.

Walking back to the yard

I see everybody is up in arms with Longchamp’s new stands which have certainly not been a hit with the public. It sounds like there were queues for everywhere, food, drink, toilets and the betting booths. These are the four things that most people what when they go racing and once again I am sure they have let the architects go wild without any input from the professionals. There was a big drop in crowd numbers this year which I am sure is because of the huge increase in the entry price. But, nobody wants to be queuing for up to 40 minutes to get a hot dog and if the French authorities don’t sort it out, everybody will be watching the racing on their TV screens. It is like everything, you must look after the hand that feeds you or it will not be there in the future.


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