Onwards and upwards ...

Drizzle is in the air

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

"A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend."


Cantering at first lot

It’s a very similar morning to yesterday although we have now started to get a bit of drizzle in the wind. It is certainly much breezier today and the clouds are flying across the sky. We are forecast plenty of rain this afternoon and then for it to get much colder with even some snow on Thursday. We are having another good morning with everybody in and all working well. The horses that had a winter break are now starting to get back into a good routine and all cantering nice and relaxed. They are also eating as much as I want them to. Plenty of good food, hay, warm rugs and nice clean beds are just what the doctor ordered.

Garrel Glen pulled out for third lot

I see there was a bit of fun and games with football clubs spying on other clubs training grounds over the weekend. This must have always gone on though and it certainly does in the training world as we all stand together and watch what is happening with each other’s horses. Everybody does things slightly differently and you never stop learning in the horse world. Veterinary science moves very quickly and you have to change with the times as the years go on, but basically it is the same with football clubs and horses. Really all they need is to remain fit and run quickly and their brains stay calm and relaxed. I can’t see a problem with spygate.

Just one of the many gallops in Newmarket

So many British jockeys are abroad at present, whether it is Dubai, America, India or wherever. Our all-weather season has only got a couple of the big hitters still here, Luke Morris and Adam Kirby. To be fair to the jockeys that do stay and ride day in day out in the moderate races, that keep the bookmakers making profits, they ought to be the only ones who are allowed to ride in the big all-weather finals day at Lingfield in April. But what will happen is that all the returning jockeys will pick up the best rides and push out all those that have put in all the hard work. There ought to be some sort of incentive for the ones who are loyal to the circuit.