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We used a variety of polytracks today

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

"Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passion. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody."

Benjamin Franklin.


Walking across to the Rubbing House canter

It’s a breezy morning and slightly overcast at present. We have a good lot of staff in today so we are getting on with the horses once again and using all the polytracks on Racecourse Side. I will be taking several bloods tonight just to check everything is in order and if so, we can start to have a lot more entries.


True Calling leading Astrobreeze and Ginger Lady, and below is Farne Odyssey


There are more negative headlines on the front of the Racing Post this morning with an Irish vet charged with passing inside information, allegedly allowing persons to lay a horse before the information was made public. If you look back through my blogs over the years you will see I was always against being able to lay horses to lose. I said it was the start of the slippery slope. Whether this charge will be proven or not we will find out when it goes to the inquiry stage. It is all bad publicity for the sport and anybody from the outside could be put off entering as an owner. Why we ever let this betting to lose come in I will never know.


Four Fifty Three

Next week’s Breakfast with the Stars, due to the ground at the moment, only has a couple of horses booked to gallop. This will be a big disappointment for Epsom, the press and public who will be attending. There have been several horses that have benefitted greatly from this exercise and it can only do the horses education good to have the experience of the unusual track before the big day. The Oaks day will not be quiet as busy as the Derby but the razzmatazz on Derby Day is something to experience.


A warm week is forecast

Monday, 21 May 2018

"My socks may not match but my feet are always warm."

Maureen McCullough.



Garrison Law leaving the yard and cantering

It’s a dry, sunny morning and apart from the odd shower, it is going to stay like it all week. The horses look great in the sunshine and we are just having a normal Monday morning exercise. A good canter followed by a long walk home. All the staff that are in are working really well. It doesn’t look like I will have many runners this week but we will suddenly be having a burst soon.


Melo Pearl

There are big articles today in the Racing Post at the start of horse welfare week. The sport is having a real push to let the public know how well they look after their own horses after they have finished racing and there is so much charitable work that goes on to find these horses a good home. You will know from our own website on our ‘Where are they now’ section that so many of our old horses have found good homes for life. There is still a lot of work to be done though and this week should put this section of our industry in the headlines.


Saint Anthony having a pick of grass after a washdown

I see that Ffos Las has been bought by Arc. They have been running it for a few years now but have purchased it off the owner. Fixtures were the main reason given for the sale in that the original owners were finding it hard to expand the fixture list. It is a long way to Ffos Las and I would think it would be more used a as festival place in the future. It is one of those places that you would never go to if you didn’t have to. It is in the middle of nowhere and would be ideal for what the racecourses want to do, fill them full of music fans who want to drink and camp all day. Good luck to them I say.

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The Franklins with Garrison Law and Melo Pearl and plenty of polos


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