Onwards and upwards ...

The weather is unsettled for the next couple of days

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

"The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size."

Gertrude S. Wister.

On Southfields Round Polytrack

It’s a much cooler day and there is a good breeze as well. According to the forecasters we are in for a couple of days of mixed weather with a long band of rain coming from the Atlantic. We are luckier than the Americans though who look like getting hit with a massive hurricane very shortly. The horses have been on Southfields Round polytrack most of the morning and all has gone well so far. Everybody is in who should be in and the yard is ticking over well.

A gentle canter

Our three runners last night had mixed results. Melo Pearl showed up for a long way but I think she needs a mile in future as her mother stayed very well. She will now be handicapped which gives us a much better chance. Velvet Vision was very unlucky in that she got hampered when coming to get involved. She was not beaten very far and is one very much on the up. Ginger Lady was a bit disappointing as she was never going at any stage and I will have to go back to the drawing board with her.

Garrel Glen

We have had one or two horses come back from the races with runny noses. It is not a lot and you can soon clear it up with raceable antibiotics, but I am convinced, like most of my colleagues, that any virus or infection are spread at the racecourse stables where I am sure they do not have a disinfectant programme that works. There is so much racing that there is very little time to turn the stables round. I know for a fact that not all the bedding is removed, it is just shuffled about and the boxes cannot be disinfected between runners. This is one of the areas I would expect the BHA to come down hard on, but it is the courses responsibility and the cost and time factor is certainly against doing the job properly. This is why I have always campaigned for an all-weather track here at Newmarket as the majority of runners would not have to go into a different stable. This is what happens in America and Australia to a certain extent. It is so frustrating for everybody and not one trainer is immune from this when horses catch something from going racing.