Another productive week, horses working hard, some being rather stubborn about losing weight but all looking well and, err, eating very well, will just keep working away and let them come to themselves over the next 6-8 weeks. Some new arrivals, lots of visitors, a flying midweek visit to play in the Campbell Gillies Golf Day for the Injured Jockeys Fund.
Busy and more of the same next week but South this time for Doncaster Sales on Wednesday and Thursday, a sale that really ought to have something for everyone – store horses, Irish point-to-pointers, bumper winners, older NH horses and a good selection of horses coming off the flat that should make nice jumpers this winter – and for once we are selling – Marlee Massie and Marlee Mourinho, I would be very pleased to continue to train these horses, do contact me if you would like further information – 07831 488210.
May the last words on Newcastle go to the Trainer Mark Johnston who ostensibly would gain most by its conversion to all-weather, luckily he can see the bigger picture –
“While I appreciate that there is a need for an All Weather track in the North, I have never been in favour of closing the turf track at Newcastle and I would rather do without the AW track than see that happen. Newcastle is, topographically, one of the best tracks in Britain, if not the best, and it would be a travesty to lose it. Sadly, under ARC management, the quality of racing has already declined but , so long as the turf track exists, we can hope that that trend might be reversed. Furthermore, I have no desire to see any expansion of AW racing in Britain, at Newcastle or anywhere else. We are boring our customers and doing untold damage to the sport with drab, uninteresting, poor quality, racing. We don’t want any more of it”.
And to the Championship leading Flat Trainer John Gosden – “There is a fundamental requirement for an all weather track in the north of England, but Newcastle is emphatically not the solution. Racing on a one mile straight as betting shop fodder under lights will create uninspiring one dimensional boat races. British racing requires upgrading and the destruction of one of the best turf course in the UK is sacrilege.” – wise words, let us hope that their voices are heard.