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.
So far, 2015 has been a pretty good year for us here at South Hatch, notwithstanding we had a very quiet period through May and June when the horses were not quite right. We found a lot of them were scoping dirty, but it was very difficult to treat, as it was an allergic response to something in the environment (pollens, we think). However, we are over that now, and July has gone with a bang so far, with 3 winners from 9 runners and the rest all running well. That has brought our yearly tally up to 9 winners from 70 runners, at a perfectly healthy 13% strike rate.