Break Cover runs tomorrow ...


What a glorious morning

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

"It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace."

Christopher Morley.

Isaac Murphy pulled out at second lot

It's a glorious morning once again without a cloud in the sky and no wind. We have been over Bury Side with first lot and used Long Hill. The majority of the rest have stayed closer to home on Hamilton Hill or on the Round. All has gone well and the horses are looking pictures.

and on the canter

There is a big double page report today in the Racing  Post on the mental health of all those who work in our industry. A survey has been carried out by Liverpool University in association with Racing Welfare. It has spanned the whole industry and its findings were announced yesterday at Windsor racecourse. The results make interesting reading and let's hope the leaders of our industry take note although there has been a bit of a silence from several corners.
Basically and to simplify matters, it is what I and everybody else with any common sense have known for a long time. I have been going on about the overload in my daily blog on a regular basis - there is far too much racing and it never stops. I am all for new initiatives but horses and people need a break as this report shows. We need a break in the summer for the jumpers and a break in the winter for the flat horses. Whether our leaders will have the power to implement this is debatable as the bookmakers and racecourses are the ones who dictate the sport. The report should be compulsorary reading for everybody and then action should be taken. To my mind it is just clarifying what we all know. Let's hope we can get somewhere.

Ness Of Brodgar

There is another very good piece today in the Racing Post on horses being rescued in Ireland. These rescue charities do a tremendous job. As you can see on our "Where are they now" page on this site, we always try to find good new homes for the horses that are not going to the sales. Many live out their retirement in these homes and their owners often keep in contact and send photos to let us know their progress which we love to hear about.


The sun is out, the sky is blue

Monday, 13 May 2019

"If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily."

Gerald Good.

Velvet Voice walking round the yard

It’s a blue sky morning with not a cloud to be seen. There is a slight breeze but the temperature is starting to rise and it is going to be a glorious day. It is set to stay like this for a few days, then hopefully some more rain at the end of the week. We are a bit down on riders this morning but the ones that are in are doing well and everything is getting a very good exercise. I have been mainly using the Farm Canter on Racecourse Side.

... and cantering on the heath

We had two more Classics over the weekend and another Derby trial so the picture is beginning to get a bit clearer. This week’s York meeting will clarify the pecking order of the participants. It looks like being a really good Dante with one or two proven horses, as well as some lightly raced colts full of potential. It should be an interesting week. Both the French Classics were won by Godolphin owned horses and it would be quite nice if somebody else could win one, but it is looking very unlikely as the big two have it sewn up at present.


It is very interesting to see the Reuben brothers, who own the Arc Company, have retained their status as the riches people in British racing. They have hoovered up over £1bn of property in the last year and are obviously very good businessmen. I am not sure what their interest is in their racing holdings but I am sure they wouldn’t keep them if they were not making a proper return. As you know the prize money has been very poor at these tracks and has not moved with the times at all. I don’t think the racing industry is asking for a lot, but a proper return for supplying the goods would go a long way in helping the industry to thrive. At present there are only a few who are reaping the rewards and it would be in everybody’s interest if the whole of the sport worked together for the benefit of all, whether it be bookmakers, racecourses or industry professionals.


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