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The runners have had their pipe opener

Monday, 22 July 2019

"The hum of bees is the voice of the garden."

Elizabeth Lawrence.

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Velvet Vision

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Moving well

There are plenty of high wispy clouds this morning but no sign of any rain. I don’t think the southeast is going to get much other than the odd thunder storm later in the week. We are starting to wind down now with the horses, but the three that are running tomorrow have been out and had a pipe opener, and the others are doing normal exercise until we find where they are all going.

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Ness Of Brodgar

It was good fun yesterday on the Nick Luck show although it wasn’t Nick who was interviewing me it was Tom. I think I got the main points across as well as I could. I have never been one for beating around the bush and for me I was quite restrained on several points. We have got a most brilliant product with the best horses and personnel in the world, but nearly the worst finances of any racing nation. We are so far behind because of the terrible deal we have with the betting industry. I only hope someone will have the grit to sort it out in time. There are several things that I would like to see happen and I will be pointing them out as the week goes on.

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Cantering with the stands in the background

I may have mentioned it before but one of my first points is that all owners should pay the basic training fees through Weatherbys. We have tried to bring this in several times but, every time it rears its head, the big trainers don’t like it. I have recently had several smaller trainers talk to me about this matter as they are just not getting paid and, they themselves will be going out of business in the near future. The BHA and the owners association don’t ever see this side of it or, if they do, don’t understand and have no power to make paying on time by owners compulsory. I would love to see a rule brought in that said every basic training fee had to be paid through Weatherbys or a BHA racing account.