A flurry of social media activity in response to the new BHA ruling on the mandatory declaration of wind-ops led recently to a number of trainers (myself included) being branded anti-punter, patronising and stuck in the dark ages, amongst other things. This was all for daring to air a different viewpoint to that espoused by the multitude of punters on Twitter who are convinced that this ruling was long overdue and essential. Even the newly elongated Twitter format wasn’t long enough for me to get my points across, hence this blog post. Continue reading
In light of the furore elicited by Tom Kerr’s Racing Post article today, and in particular Bruce Millington’s ridiculously heavy handed handling of it on the front page, I felt it would be useful to jot down my thoughts in a format that allows rather more than 140 characters. Continue reading
When the BHA announced that they were conducting their own internal integrity review, I have to admit to being somewhat sceptical – after all, regulators don’t have a fantastic reputation for self-regulation. So I am pleased that this review seems to have been far reaching and rigorous in its scope, and that having the input of an experienced challenge panel has provided a suitable degree of independence. Continue reading
Whilst the main action of the day was taking place at Cheltenham, we headed to Kempton to attempt to achieve the 4-timer with Giovanni Di Bicci. And it proved a very worthwhile exercise, as he achieved it in taking fashion, under a very assured ride from Rhiain Ingram. Continue reading
Giovanni Di Bicci defied an 8 month absence to win a 1m handicap by 4 1/2L at Kempton on the 27th January, landing a tidy gamble (16’s to 7’s) for his owners in the process. He then duly followed up 8 days later with a win at Chelmsford, when coming from nearly last turning into the home straight, to win a shade cosily in the end by a neck. Continue reading
2015 ended in slightly frustrating fashion, with a number of placed efforts but no winners in the last few weeks meaning we fell one short of out target of 20 winners (17 flat, 2 jumps). It has made me even more determined to get to 20 in 2016, and we have made a good start so far with 2 winners and 6 places from just 14 runners.