Onwards and upwards ...

We have one runner tonight at Kempton

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

"Why does it take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye?"


Cantering on Hamilton Hill

It’s a very similar morning to yesterday, dry, bright and cold. There is a slight wind starting to get up so it may get colder later on. We have had a normal morning with the horses and have been keeping close to home on Hamilton Hill where the surface on the polytrack is very good. All has gone well and the horses are showing plenty of life and wellbeing.

Belle Bayeux

We have one runner tonight at Kempton. We run Altered Method for the second time and the first time in a handicap. He is up a bit in trip from his last run and may get even further in time as he settles. This is a three-year-old taking on battle hardened horses, and it will be interesting to see how he competes. A very lightly raced horse he will improve as he gets more experienced but could run well tonight at a big price. Let’s certainly hope he does.

Rosie Scot

I see the lights are going to be turned on at Southwell by the end of January. The first lot of floodlights are now up in the straight and they will be completing the course in the not too distant future. It was also interesting to read that the executive director was saying they only get around 500 customers at a routine meeting. It just goes to show how dependant they are on media rights and what money they must make when they only get that number of racegoers at most meetings.  I wish they would change the surface at Southwell as it would certainly attract more runners. They have slightly increased the prize money but not to Chelmsfords standards.


It was the Gimcrack dinner last night and Sir Hugh Robertson gave the address. He said he was sure the Levy Board would carry on as after the government setback the distribution of monies collected needed to continue. There seems to be a problem with the legislation and how it is presented in Parliament and you have to be cautious of what is going on behind the scenes. We will all have to have patience in this regard but I am very wary about the whole situation. The son of the owner of the Gimcrack winner Emaraaty Ana gave the usual speech on his father’s behalf. I gather the gist of this was that he wanted owners to have more recognition from the press rather than just the jockey and trainer. I thoroughly agree the owner is often overlooked, as without them you have nothing. He also thought the increase of prize money in handicaps to the detriment of group races was not forward thinking. I don’t think he was far off there as anybody who will now be entering in these big handicaps will be paying such large entry fees that only the top owners can afford to enter. It is all well and good the courses crowing about million pound handicaps but it is the owners' money they are racing for not the racecourses'.