Onwards and upwards ...

We have one runner today at Yarmouth

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

"Flowers grow in inches, but are destroyed by feet."

Gardening Saying.


It’s a bright start once again and the temperature has held up very well, in fact it is short sleeve weather. I was just saying to Tim this morning that I haven’t had a long sleeved shirt on for ages. It is September 18thand we have not really had a proper autumn evening yet. The wind is certainly getting up though and it is very breezy out on the heath. It has been a good morning so far with the horses and with plenty of people in and all has gone well, unlike yesterday. We had a horse jinx and the rider fell off and had to be taken by air ambulance to Addenbrooke’s. Thank goodness there was nothing too much wrong, I think it was more the shock and severe bruising all over. We then had a horse with colic that had to go into the vets. She is still there, but should be ok and then driving to Kempton last night, my staff told me that the horse had moved a plate and trod on it. The farrier quickly put it right and we stood it in ice, but these are the things that can happen on a daily basis and everybody thinks training is easy.

Garrison Law

Four Fifty Three failed to fire last night and I don’t blame his foot for that. He was in the right place but we have run him right handed twice and I think he doesn’t like it. We will now resort to left handed or straight miles in future.

We have one runner this afternoon at Yarmouth in the 3.20. Astrobreeze runs in the one mile three and a half furlong handicap with Liam Jones riding. She hasn’t really run a bad race yet, and didn’t quite get the run of the race last time. She is not drawn too well at 10 but it is a long straight at Yarmouth and it wouldn’t surprise me if she ran ok today.

Velvet Vista

I see one of my old friends and the top class trainer Jack Berry, who has now retired, has written a piece in the Racing Post. Jack’s main theme is the poor prize money. He states we have the best racing in the world, but the prize money certainly doesn’t match it. He comments that in 27 years the prize money for certain races, especially the low grade ones, has not increased at all, but every other cost has. Certainly training fees have had to go up to keep control of the ever escalating costs for staff and suppliers, but owners administration fees have also increased and the only winners are the wages and pensions of the BHA staff and Weatherbys Bank, which seems to be untouchable. Jack came up with a few ideas of how races could be given certain conditions to help the middle to smaller industry members, but basically, the big yards are growing and are controlling the sport.

Walking back to the yard after exercise

We have had a couple of articles this week already on the betting industry and it continues tomorrow with a look at the on course markets. The gist of it so far is that the bookmakers have been making hay with the machines in the shops for many years now and with the spread of internet betting, and no restrictions on advertising, things have got out of hand. There is a major problem with gamblers becoming addicted and a lot of younger ones as well. The politicians are now beginning to twig this and the bookmakers certainly need to do something on a collective basis which can be seen to be helping the problem. The internet though has gone wild with betting sites and you can bet on almost anything that moves nowadays. This is a problem I am sure will take a long time to sort out.