Onwards and upwards ...

We have been using the polytracks on Racecourse Side

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

"The golf swing is like a suitcase into which we are trying to pack one too many things."

John Updike.

Swiss Spirit ex Wolumla two-year-old

Cantering yesterday on the grass

It’s a bright morning with the moon shining down at me. I wish it had done that yesterday as the low cloud stopped me seeing the blood moon, but there were some fantastic photos taken of it. Space travel and the whole of the galaxy is something that has always fascinated me. It is just amazing to think that you can just keep on flying with there being no end. With plenty of riders in this morning we have been getting on well with the horses using the polytracks on Racecourse Side. All has gone well and the progression, fitness wise, is on the right track.

Break Cover

Moving well

There are two things headlining the Racing Post today. Firstly, the political situation and how the majority of MP’s relate to our industry. There is only one or two that are really keen and understand it well, but the rest are very ill informed and think we are the cause of the gambling epidemic. If only they could all work for a week in any racing yard they would soon understand the ins and outs and the dedication within our sport. The welfare issue certainly needs to be kept on top of with the whip our number one priority.

Walking through open stalls is part of the education

The other funny one to highlight is the Godolphin story that their staff are weighed every month and they must be under 10st 7lbs. The majority of staff are around that weight with their clothes and boots on with the occasional exception, but this is a mountain out of a molehill being made by the Racing Post. The big problem is with everybody being much better off nowadays the generation that is coming into the workforce is much heavier than they ever were. You very rarely get a youngster under 6st whereas 40 years ago it was common place. It would be interesting to know the average weight of the kids entering the racing schools as I am sure if they had a weight restriction the intake would be considerably lower.