|Posted by Seamus Mullins on February 25, 2017 at 3:15 AM|
Fresh back from Warwick with a couple of second placed runners - good runs from both of them - LANDIN equipped himself well, miles clear of the third placed horse and a superb day for Members of the Racing Club, 22 Members in attendance who readily collected at 33/1 on ROMEO AMERICO, also finishing second in a later race on the card.
Quite fresh up on the gallops as well this morning. Fortunately Michelle and Ronnie in this weekend so plenty of Michelle’s homemade cake on offer. Needless to say Paul (he says in the interest of health and safety) volunteered to try the cake first! Now on his second piece so I assume it is ok to eat!
Enjoyed a good week with 50 plus members turning up for the Annual General Meeting of the National Trainer’s Federation (NTF) to listen to Simon Bazalgette (Chief Executive of the Jockey Club) give his views and thoughts regards proposals to dispose of Kempton, encompassing what this outcome would mean for the Jockey Club and thus racing. His paper was well received, some supportive and understanding and some remaining sceptical. All in all very interesting.
At the commencement of my second year of presidency I was pleased to inform those present that the NTF have taken up more responsibility on the recruitment and retention of stable staff. We are identifying ways to improve staff retention through better working practices that may be adopted in yards.
In addition, we are in the process of launching a new informative and interactive website in the summer dedicated to all staff, both already in racing yards and those wishing to start a career in racing.
Busy week ahead and we are looking forward to meeting Members from Wincanton racecourse on Wednesday morning. Coming up to visit the yard, enjoy a close up schooling session see the facilities we have to offer here at Wilsford stables. We actually then have a runner at Wincanton in the afternoon, Tricky Issue for Caloona Racing.
Reggie has booked the afternoon off as he won a day out with Caloona Racing as part of the Yard Open Morning Raffle. He is taking Maria along to enjoy the experience – good luck both of you in the company of Paul who looks after Caloona Racing! Make sure it’s endless bottles of Champagne.