Onwards and upwards ...

We have one runner today at Yarmouth

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

"This is the nature of genius, to be able to grasp the knowable even when no one else recognizes that it is present."

Deepak Chopra.

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The Winn's visiting their horses Pageant Master (L) and True Calling (R)

It’s a windy morning but still very mild and as yet no sign of rain, and I am afraid the ground is drying up very quickly. We are starting to get anxious about when we will get some rain as autumn ground is very badly needed. Everybody is in this morning once again and we have been doing some very good exercise with everything. All has gone well.


Farne Odyssey and Four Fifty Three

Astrobreeze didn’t act on the fast ground yesterday at Yarmouth. I was pleased how she settled and crept into the race but once asked for an effort, she wouldn’t let herself go on the quick surface and Liam Jones looked after her. We will have to wait to get some much softer going and I will also be schooling her over some hurdles. Every jockey that rides her reports that she has ability and we are just going to have to be patient until the right conditions come along.

We have one runner today, at Yarmouth once again and I am just hoping the ground won’t be too firm for this filly. Garrel Glen runs at 3 o’clock in the seven furlong maiden. This looks a well above average race with some high class horses and several well related new comers. It could turn out to be one of those races that plenty of winners come from. Garrel Glen is only one of two fillies taking on the colts and the experience will do her no end of good.

Velvet Voice

There seems to be never ending lists of new bookmakers who are trying to get the punters money. There’s a very different one, Betconnect, to be launched and it seems very complicated to me. It is all about connecting to professional gamblers and once again you can back to win or lose. These are the sort of sites, along with the other overseas betting internet companies which take money out of the game and don’t put anything back. It is all above my head though. I am sure somebody will explain it to me one day.

The third Racing Post piece on the gambling industry is about the on course bookmakers who seem to be leaving the industry in their droves. The old fashioned bookmarker is certainly a thing of the past and the exchanges have ruined it for these men of the ring. I don’t know what the BHA are going to do about this situation, if anything, but if they don’t do anything the courses will lose the bookmakers and racing will start to lose its appeal.