Cold, frosty, snow showers but nothing severe and we even managed to canter 9 on the grass 3rd lot this morning. No runners over the weekend and hoping the weather doesn’t interfere with plans to have about a dozen runners next week at Kelso on Monday, Musselburgh on Thursday, Ayr on Friday and Newcastle on Saturday, we also have entries at Haydock on Tuesday. Lucy at Wetherby today to ride Chivers in the 2.05 and Rockawango in the 2.40, she also rides Tradewinds in the 2.30 at Catterick tomorrow.
I had a bit of a rant on twitter yesterday regarding the race programme at Ayr’s next five fixtures, it was disappointing to find almost no opportunities at such a good track for our better horses; my only motivation in pointing these things out is a hope that perhaps someone will take notice and think holistically about how to improve the programme of racing across the country and especially in the North. One can see how progressive courses such as Musselburgh and Kelso upgrade their product through innovative initiatives combined with good prize money, this creates a virtuous circle from which everyone benefits. However one can also repeatedly see situations occurring that are going to lead to small uncompetitive fields with the associated waning of interest, we have all seen “racing” this season that has been painful to watch and we can’t afford this to become commonplace, it threatens the future of the sport. From a business perspective it obviously matters but to me it is much more than that, hence forgive me when I repeat myself but at a time when the horse population is declining the industry must put in place a dynamic and responsive race-planning system.