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It is quite a pleasant day

Wednesday, 06 February 2019

"There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go."


The sky over Newmarket this morning

Garswood ex Mega

It’s a much warmer morning with a clearish sky and no wind. It is amazing how each day is different at the moment and I think that is the way it will continue for the next month. We are doing normal canters today and progressing how we would like, cantering on an assortment of polytracks on racecourse side. We will even get on the grass later on with some of the two-year-olds.

Luka's Faith

In theory the new Cheltenham Festival rule that has just been brought in - that horses can’t run twice at the Festival - looks sensible enough, but several trainers think that circumstances are what should dictate whether they be allowed to run more than once or not. This rule takes away the option anybody would have and there are pluses and minuses to the instruction. However, I am not sure how many trainers were asked their opinion before this rule came into force, but I do think that the soundness and vetting of all horses has always been a good idea. The racecourse is also very keen on who can go in and out of the stables at this meeting, as in the past it has been a little chaotic, especially when all the Irish horses arrive. Once again common sense should prevail.

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(L-R) Mereside and Topanticipation

I see the Australian trainer has been banned for four years for possessing three electric jiggers. As I said yesterday he should get a life ban as cruelty to any animal, in my view, is a criminal offence. I think the police might be investigating this matter further but let’s hope it’s the last we ever hear of these ridiculous and inhuman instruments. The vast majority of people in our sport love horses and would do anything for them, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but you always get an idiot of two who is ruled by greed, spoiling it and giving the sport a bad reputation because of their ignorance.


A wet week is forecast

Tuesday, 05 February 2019

"Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge."

Isaac Friedmann.

Cantering at second lot

It started off minus two with freezing fog and pretty cold, but as the light has come up and the day has gone on, a warmer morning has prevailed. It sounds like we are going to have a mild but possibly wet week to come. We have plenty of riders in this morning, even with one non-runner, and have been getting on well cantering on the Rubbing House and Southfields Round polytracks. The riders we have at present are really teaching the horses something.


Our runner yesterday is now handicapped in what was a slowly run contest. She was still a bit green and kept on once the race had been decided. We will now give her a bit of time and wait for the turf season. That won’t be long in coming and in a mile and a half plus handicaps she will be competitive. This family all get better with age and distance.

Pageant Master

I don’t know whether four years is the maximum any trainer can have for possessing an electric devise intended to use on horses, but it is what Australia are proposing as punishment for their leading trainer. This seems pretty lenient to me. Bringing our sport into disrepute like this should be a life ban, and never being allowed to work with horses ever again. But, in these modern times I would think the word human rights would be coming into the decision making somewhere.

Gregorian ex Astrodiva B/Gr colt foal

We now have the second foal of the season when Astrodiva had a colt foal by Gregorian last night. Both mother and son are doing well.

Pulled out ready for the next lot

After yesterday’s news that Tim had returned back to work I now need to let you know that he has had a change of heart and has left to concentrate fully on his recovery. He has been a great help to us but your health is the most important thing in life.  We wish him well for the future.


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