James is suffering from being a really good Samaritan…
He went to help Neil and Sally’s poor Bull Terrier who very sadly he found run over on the road here last week. She was seriously injured and when he picked her up she bit him but being James with racing the next day at Musselburgh he continued as normal. However, that night he obviously needed attention and went to A & E and hoped it would clear up. This was not the case and he was back in hospital a week later and is now home but will need more IV antibiotics next week. The moral is if a dog bites you, get it looked at immediately!
So an especially BIG thank you to David and all the team here who have held the fort and just got on with the job - how very lucky we are to have you all!
The quality of young horses here now is so exciting - certainly the best we have ever had and the dream is alive and well!
On Monday at Carlisle we ran Un Guet Apens in the C3 handicap chase. Carrying 11 stone 12 on heavy ground and for the first time over a trip of 3m1f, this understandably tested his stamina. He is so effective over 2m4-5f on soft ground and a stiff track but this time his jumping wasn’t as dynamic and he made a serious error where it really counted. This soldier really owes us little however having already this season notched up two wins, a second a fourth, a fifth and a sixth. He will need a drop in the weights again as all his wins - with the exception of Kelso in January (C2) - have been in class 4 races.
We find the stayers usually need to be prepared for just one or two good runs a season with plenty of time given between races whereas a 2m-2m4 horse can have double or treble the runs without quite the same physical exertion.
Great to have a drier spell and to have the sand back in action - the Tapeta Gallop serves its purpose so well in the extreme conditions - heavy rain, snow etc. but the sand is brilliant for fitness and preparing the young horses as it helps them to settle and relax into a good rhythm. As James said today when operational we are very fortunate to have one of the best gallops in the country.
On Friday we had a good work morning and some schooling followed by afternoon hospital visits -never a dull week!
Bill D'Aron & Firmount Gent Schooling
It was good to see Plus Jamais - another JER sourced and produced horse out of our mare Branceilles winning at Newcastle on Saturday. Like Sa Suffit what a servant he has been winning seven races (three Hurdle four Chase) and £30,947. We have another product just starting pre- training, Cellar Vie to look forward to for next season.
There was more disturbing news this week about the future of Musselburgh Racecourse. Following previous disputes between East Lothian Council and Lothian Racing Syndicate who currently run the course, the BHA granted a temporary licence to race which expires on the 7th April. If East Lothian Council proceeds with its plans to bring the track back under full council control, the Union representing the Musselburgh Racecourse staff has threatened industrial action. Below is the response on Twitter from JER.
Replying to @Rachael2Win @MusselburghRace and 5 others
A prestigious exceptional Scottish racetrack part of our heritage since 1816 with so many livelihoods involved and boosting local economy to question its future in any way proves councils running Racecourse’s does not work @scotgov @ScottishRacing @BHAPressOffice @MusselburghRace
With this very cold weather forecast I hope we can keep racing as we have lost far too many days already.