Mild and fair in Yorkshire this morning where we will be racing today at Wetherby. We have two runners ridden by Lucy on ground that is soft with heavy places. Bertalus has his second start for the stable in the 12.50, 10 run and whilst he will be better over further in due course he ought to run well in a race that lacks depth, unlikely to be troubling the odds on favourite though on these terms. Then in the 3.00 we run Dutch Canyon, whilst I expect him to appreciate the step up in trip I am not at all sure about this ground for him, my guess is he will be fine unless it has dried a little and turned holding. At Sedgefield yesterday Clan Chief was bowling along in the lead with half a circuit to go when a novicey blunder caused him to part company with Lucy. It was an encouraging run as apart from one or two other similar mistakes he did look like a proper chaser. Later in the afternoon Heilan Rebel improved on his previous run to finish 3rd in the bumper, he looks like a stayer in the making and will probably go over hurdles next.    
 Most of the connections of our runners yesterday had a slightly surreal day.  Having decided to travel by train unfortunately the East Coast main line was closed for two and a half hours after a sad incident South of Berwick.  Having listened to the earlier chase on the phone we arrived in Newcastle at 3pm whereupon we made our way into town to watch the bumper in the bookies.  After a refreshment stop on the way back to the station some returned North on the train whilst others headed South to Durham for onward travel to Wetherby.  What did strike me was how marginalised UK Horsreacing has become in the High St betting shops in comparison with products where the bookies can control the margins. The BHA is currently in receipt of a fair amount of flak regarding the hard line it is taking re accepting sponsorship from Bookmakers who do not make any contribution to the sport from their large and very profitable offshore businesses.  I applaud the BHA for taking this stance and eventually standing up for the sport after so many years.  I believe everyone in racing should get behind the BHA and support them re this issue, and when you read or listen to the media on the subject don’t forget who it is that buys the vast majority of their advertising space.