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The weather is on the change

Thursday, 08 March 2018

"We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse."

Rudyard Kipling.

First lot on Hamilton Hill


It started off calm and mild this morning, but has rapidly changed. There have been a few showers of rain, the wind has got up and the temperature has dropped very quickly. Everybody who should be in is in and working well, thank goodness. We still need some staff who can ride plus yard staff, but I am hoping that things will fall into place very soon.

Indian Red

I had to smile at a small article in Steve Dennis’ piece today in the Racing Post talking about the ground at Cheltenham. He doesn’t think it will be heavy ground and his final conclusion is that it will be good to soft, which is what the clerk of the course always calls it, regardless of what has happened. I would very much hope it does dry up as we have had some very poor viewing lately of races on heavy ground, both here and in Ireland when horses have got very tired and jockeys have not excelled with their control of the whip. It is a completely different kettle of fish with the quality of horse that is on show next week, but we do not want to see exhausted horses falling, or being battered. Jump racing grass roots is already losing out to the all-weather programme and with the bookmakers wanting more and more racing on in the evening when they say turnover goes up considerably, this situation at the bottom of the jump racing pyramid will only get worse. They have to be aware as you need a base to build it on.

Flying overhead

There has been another EHV abortion in Newmarket, this time at one of the big Newmarket studs and we are all starting to wonder why this is happening. It may be something to do with the vaccination, which is supposed to eliminate this. It may be that because the stocks have been very limited, it has been watered down over the last year or so, but it is certainly a worrying situation and let’s hope there are very few more outbreaks. Every time one happens there are strict controls put in place with a 28 day lock down on movement at the stud in question. At this time of year it causes havoc with breeding plans and could be devastating for certain studs that have not got the financial firepower behind them.     


We want a dry spell

Wednesday, 07 March 2018

"In youth we learn; in age we understand."

Marie Ebner-Eschenbach.

Topapinion leading Ttmab

It's just started raining as we write this and unfortunately it looks set for most of the day. The temperature is quite mild and there is no wind. What we would give now though for a good long dry spell. The lads in the yard are doing a sterling job getting the horses out and cantered and everything is ticking over well. We are one down again here having a non runner. It just never ceases to surprise me .

Pageant Master

I see in the Racing Post today that 34 of our racetracks have been rated excellent for the racegoers' experience by independent assessors. I don't know what they rate the tracks on and I don't know who they ask, but at least I think the courses are trying to improve which can only be a good thing . There is so much more they can do though, especially for the stable staff and the owners who supply the product. One of my bugbears is that there are never enough seats anywhere, whether it be in the grandstand or elsewhere for the general public.

The peacock from across the road visiting the yard

Looking very regal

We have just been notified that there are two further cases of virus abortion, one evidently in Yorkshire and one down the road in Newmarket. This straight away shuts the affected stud down and all precautions are put in place to stop any further infection. What is worrying is that the mare in question in Newmarket was fully vaccinated and has been domiciled here. This situation can often happen when horses come from outside the UK and have not had the right course of vaccinations.


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