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A cold morning with a hard frost

Monday, 12 February 2018

"Faith is not without worry or care, but faith is fear that has said a prayer."

Anon.

01_Walking
Walking to the start of the canter

It’s a very cold morning with a good hard frost. Thank goodness there is no wind though or it would be cutting you in half out on the heath. The forecast is for a couple of days of cold weather and then getting slightly warmer towards the end of the week. All the riders who should be in are in this morning, but we are still down on the yard staff and illness has been the main cause of this. Two good canters on the polytrack have been the exercise of the morning and all has gone well so far. It looks like we will be having a few runners right the way through the week.

04_HH
On Hamilton Hill

I was delighted with both the fillies that ran at Chelmsford on Friday. Astrojewel wants quite a bit further but travelled well for a long way and didn’t finish far behind the principals. True Calling ran green in the early part of the race, as I expected she would, and then stayed on well to finish third. A very encouraging debut and both fillies have taken the race well and we can now look forward to the future.

10_Indian
Indian Red

I thought it was April 1st again this morning with the headlines on the front of the Post. I know I have been calling for a radical rethink on how our industry is run, but it certainly is not the team event which is being bandied about. The Shergar Cup wouldn’t be anything if it wasn’t for the enormous amount of free tickets given away and the bands on afterwards. In fact the prize money has gone down for the Shergar Cup year on year. This new concept is purely for the super-rich once again and does absolutely nothing for the industry, especially the middle to bottom tier who would have no say in it whatsoever. This is the second ridiculous idea after town centre racecourses. Why can’t these people come up with a sensible idea, one that benefits everybody not just a few?