05/02/2012

Winners in UK and Hong Kong

Two winners in the last few days. Firstly in Hong KOng a horse known as Noonenose over in Europe won a handicap nicely in Shatin. It was the 2nd win for his new owner and I hope he can now move up in grade and win again soon.
 
In England a really nice Seeking the Gold colt I had spotted at the Craven Breeze Up Sales won a maiden on the polytrack. He looked to still be a bit green but seems to be a horse with a big future. His name is Rei d'Oro.
 
OUr weather has turned very cold and we have had snow today which cause the abadonment of most races. Amidst all the white stuff , LAYLINE a colt I had originally bought for some US clients and then sold on to Gay Kelleway, won a very competitive handicap at Lingfield on the synthetic . He has definitely turned a nice profit for Gay's owners and he might well keep earning throughout this year.
 
Finally, I was astounded to get a DVD from the TOC defending and advocating the use of LAsix. Whether it is the remit of such an organisation to promote/defend the use ( or not) of medication is a question which worries me. Also how come most of the racing world, notably, Europe, UAE, Hong Kong etc... do not use Lasix , and we do not , to my knowledge have a higher incidence of bleeders. I worry about the use of any medication on racedays and even to some extent in training, not only because in my view it can aggravate injuries, but also because the reliance on drugs ultimately weakens the breed.