A good piece from George Baker in the Racing Post ...

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It's October but it is still so warm

Thursday, 04 October 2018

"Faith is a passionate intuition."

William Wordsworth.

The yearlings boxed up and ready to go

It’s an overcast morning but still very warm. It is actually amazing that at this time of year we are getting temperatures in the 20’s. I am sure it will change soon and we will be getting proper autumn / winter weather. We have been getting on well with the horses once again with a good team of staff in and all has gone well. We have been using the polytracks on racecourse side.

Unloaded in Frankland Lodge

Well you couldn’t make up what happened at Nottingham yesterday and once again our sport has been made to look so amateurish. It looks like the starter made a mistake and called the wrong number to the clerk of the scales for a horse to be withdrawn after an incident in the stalls. But there seems to me to be no double checking or anybody watching what was going on as the horse in question was nowhere nears the stalls and was withdrawn very much in error. The owner and trainer are up in arms, and quite rightly so. It was a valuable race, which is very rare nowadays anyway, and it was no fault of theirs. It will be very interesting to see what penalties are dished out to the so called professionals who are running our sport. If any of us did something minor by mistake we would get fined very quickly. I wonder how long it will take to get this matter sorted out.

Making their way into their new homes

It was a little bit worrying to read Bill Barber’s piece in the Racing Post today about horse welfare issues. There are several questions now in the House of Commons and they will certainly have to be answered. We have got the Cheltenham enquiry into equine fatalities at the Festival coming out soon and with the majority of Labour’s front bench signing a motion to ensure the rules of racing are changed to forbid the use of the whip, I can see these issues being a problem for the industry in the months to come. It shouldn’t be a problem though as racehorses are looked after better than any animal in the country and we need to get this across to the general public in a big way. Once retired from racing many horses are retrained and this should be publicised much more on all our websites. You only need to look at our website, ‘Where Are They Now’, to see what good homes they go to after their racing days are over. In fact today two of ours have gone to the Northern Racing College. They will be ridden by the trainees and stars of the future. It gives them a great home, they are brilliantly looked after and are doing a top class job.


We are starting to bring in the yearlings today

Wednesday, 03 October 2018

"Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself."

Harriet Nelson.

Ness Of Brodgar, True Calling and Velvet Vision working first lot

It’s a very still morning with the temperature holding up well. There is no sign of rain, which is disappointing, but the lads love it because it is much nicer to work in this environment. We have had a very good morning so far doing fast work with three lots on the Peat Moss gallops which are riding like a carpet at present. I couldn’t be happier with how the horses are coming on and although it is late in the season, I am sure we will be having some very good runners shortly.

Second lot with Garrison Law and Roof Garden

... and Four Fifty Three and Pageant Master

The first lot of yearlings are arriving today. Four home grown colts who will soon settle in no doubt and Tim is champing at the bit to get on with them. It is amazing how they love being broken in. It is like going to school and learning new things. It should be an enjoyable experience and with us it always is. Beat them with kindness has always been my motto and always will be. You will very rarely find a bad character amongst the horses in my yard as kindness is the number one thing they all get.

Walking back to the yard

There has been a great article this week on Khalid Abdullah and his empire. Today’s piece in the Racing Post is on his 10 best horses. He has had thousands who have all had ability but these are the 10 that stood out and what a 10 they were. It’s topped, of course, by Frankel whose stock is selling so well at the sales. He has always run a most brilliant stud with the rearing and selection process, whether it is for racing or breeding, done in a most calm and experienced way. His families just go on and on and great credit should be given to all behind the scenes, the staff, who produce the goods year in year out. A very quiet understated man, he has done so much for the industry without the fanfare we get from other groups. He is 81 now and it will be interesting to see what happens and whether anybody in the family will take up the baton. There must be somebody with an interest in horses who would be able to take over such a magnificent outfit.


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