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We took horses schooling this morning

Thursday, 16 May 2019

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value."

Albert Einstein.

Babochoff schooling

There are a few more clouds today and the breeze has certainly increased but it is 16 degrees at present and I’m sure it won’t rain today. We have showers forecast tomorrow and over the weekend which will certainly do some good once again. The grass and leaves have really sprung out in the last 10 days with both the rain and then the warm. We have had a good morning with the horses schooling three at first lot. They all went very well and are ready to run when the right race comes along. The rest of the lots have been cantering on the polytracks near to home.

Over the hurdle

Jumping well

Our runners yesterday were all well ridden. Pageant Master looked like he wants a mile now and I have got the six furlongs out of my system. Velvet Vision once again put up a sound performance but without doubt needs a mile four plus and softer ground. Ness Of Brodgar ran better than she had done previously and the wind operation certainly worked. She very badly needed this run after a long absence and will improve considerably next time, over further as well. All three horses looked pictures and credit goes to the staff that do a great job.

He is making it look easy

There are two points to take out of the Racing Post today and these two points I have been going on about for a long time. Bill Barber mentions the balance between welfare and the fixture list and the commercial demands on the racecourses. It has been a muted that there may be a reduction of 50 fixtures next year, which is only a drop in the ocean. I don’t think everybody will agree to this as racecourses want as much racing as possible to keep their media right payments up.  This will mean the pressure on staff and horses will only increase, not get better. The money that was spent on the survey, although you can’t call it wasted, showed good intentions but will achieve nothing as there are a lot of people who will take no notice of it.

The other point was in the Irish column where the cost of entries and everything else at the new Curragh have increased, rather than come down. They put the reason the owners and trainers room was too busy down to the big handicaps on the day but, according to the Irish correspondent, these handicaps will be the norm for the foreseeable future, so there was obviously no thinking or common sense in the first place. It’s a bit like the parade ring which was too small to have all the horses in it at the same time. That has now been changed but I am sure the owners and trainers will be left as it is. Where are the people with any brains when they are needed?


We have three runners today

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

"Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings."

C.D. Jackson.

Garrel Glen

It’s a very similar day to yesterday but it could be the last one as rain is forecast towards the end of the week. It then looks like being wet for at least a few days.  We have had a busy morning with both horseboxes going off to Yarmouth where we have three runners. The horses have been getting out and cantering mainly using Southfields Round and Hamilton Hill. All has gone well and it is such a nice morning they should pay me to ride out.

Roof Garden

We have three runners today at Yarmouth. We start with Pageant Master in the 2 o’clock, the six furlong handicap where I have dropped him back in trip. I was pleased with his run at Newcastle last month when he got a bit tired. We have also added the tongue strap today and I think he will be reasonably competitive. Our next is Velvet Vision in the mile and a quarter at 3.10. She has run two sound races and I am sure it will be very similar today. I have always thought she will get a bit further in time and we will be doing that in the near future. Our last runner is Ness Of Brodgar. She was disappointing last time but has had a little wind operation since and we are also tying her tongue down for the first time. I have always liked this filly and I just hope she can begin to show us what she shows at home. She will improve a lot for today’s run though as she has been off for over 160 days.

Eddie the hack turned out in the paddock

The old saying that nothing lasts forever has come true with the Gigginstown operation. They announced yesterday they were winding down and not going to buy any more horses, although they still have a huge amount on the ground that will be running over the next few years. They have had an unbelievably run winning nearly everything that you could do in the game and I am sure Mr O’Leary will not be lost entirely to our sport.


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