Monday, August 27, 2007


Graham Green reports in the Racing Post August 27 2007

MARTIN DWYER yesterday hit out at the British Horseracing Authority after claiming he had no alternative but to withdraw his appeal against a two-day careless riding ban incurred at Brighton last Tuesday.

The Derby winning rider, who was informed that the first available date for the hearing was this Friday – the day before his suspension was due to start – described the timetabling by the sport’s regulator as “ridiculous”.

Due to the 48-hour declaration system, to ride on Saturday Dwyer would need to commit to booking without knowing the outcome of his inquiry.

“There is no way you can commit yourself to trainers in that situation, so I have reluctantly withdrawn my appeal,” he said.

He added: “It’s absolutely ridiculous I have to wait TEN DAYS for a hearing when the ban begins the NEXT DAY. All they have to do is get the videos together, get the stewards together, and make a decision. I could have gone to London any time. I cannot understand why there has to be a TEN-DAY-WAIT for a hearing.

“Regardless of whether I committed an offence or not, the appeal system is there for a reason, and there is SOMETHING BADLY WRONG IF I CAN’T USE IT. No trainer was going to book me for horses this weekend, in case they’re let down.”

BHA spokesman Paul Struthers said: “We schedule disciplinary panel inquiries a month in advance and can be flexible when needs must, but the bottom line is to schedule a separate panel is difficult and INCURES COSTS.

“This has come up twice in relatively quick succession after Seb Sanders and his ban ahead of the Shergar Cup.

“Its something that has never really been raised as a problem before, but 48-hour decs have been in for a year and maybe they are starting to hit home as an issue. That is a possibility.

However, we’d always say that if we have an appeal at 9am on a Thursday, it is still perfectly feasible for jockeys to get bookings for the weekend.”

Struthers added: “If this is something the Jockeys Association brings up at our end-of-year-meeting, then clearly it is something we’ll consider if there is a problem.”



Sunday, August 19, 2007


RAINBOW PROMISES runs to day at Bath 4.30 Sunday August 19 2007

Brian Meehan trainer of RAINBOW PROMISES “She’s come out of Goodwood very well and worked really well since. I thought she ran a great race there, as she had a poor draw and it was
her first run for a long time. I think she will go very well and will have no problem with the mile. I’m very hopeful.”


Thursday, August 16, 2007


for immediate release, Thursday, August 16, 2007

Lester Piggott Day, sponsored by Victor Chandler at Newmarket on Saturday, September 22, will begin when a host of aspiring Lester Piggotts from all over Europe showcase their riding talents in the European Association of Racing Schools Crepello Apprentice Handicap. The co-ordination of the teams of apprentice jockeys is being organised by The British Racing School where the riders are also being accommodated.

Three leading apprentice jockeys from Europe’s five major racing countries – the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy – will ride in the 1m 2f contest, looking to catch the eye of the greatest jockey of them all. Lester will present a special prize to the winning rider following the race named after Crepello, the horse on which he won the first of his seven Guineas exactly 50 years ago.

Two of the three UK apprentices will be selected from those who are attached to the British Racing School at Newmarket, where over half the UK champion apprentice jockeys in the last 15 years have learned the art of race riding, with the third coming from the Northern Racing College at Doncaster.

As with the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot last weekend, the apprentices will race in team caps with the pride of their country at stake in an overall team competition.

Rory MacDonald, Chief Executive of the British Racing School, said: “This race, which has evolved from the European Association of Racing Schools, is now in its fifth year having previously been run in France, Italy, Ireland and at Doncaster.

“We are extremely grateful to Newmarket Racecourses for enthusiastically supporting the race which will be a great experience for these young riders.”

Michael Prosser, Newmarket Racecourses’ Director of Racing, commented: “There could be no more appropriate start to the day in honour of the greatest jockey of them all than for the best young riding talent from across Europe to be competing on racing’s most historic stretch of turf.

“I’m sure it will be a great thrill for the young jockeys to know that Lester is watching them and it will be fascinating to see if the great man can spot one or two stars of the future.”


Rory MacDonald, 01638 675 901
Michael Prosser, 01638 675 504
Alistair Haggis, 07884 026 487
Distributed by Racenews


Tuesday, August 14, 2007


A superb 72-strong entry has been received for the £350,000 Group One Emirates Airline Champion Stakes, run over 10 furlongs on the NatWest Rowley Mile at Newmarket on Champions’ Day, Saturday, October 20.

Cockney Rebel returned trainer Geoff Huffer to the big time with victories in the Stan James 2000 Guineas on the NatWest Rowley Mile in May and also the Irish 2000 Guineas. He was found to be suffering with a hairline fracture of the pelvis after running fifth in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Excellent Art.

The winner, trained by Aidan O’Brien, who is responsible for 21 of the 25 Irish entries, narrowly failed to add Sussex Stakes glory to his CV when failing by a head to reel in Godolphin’s ultra-tough Ramonti, who was following up his dramatic success in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. The Emirates Airline Champion Stakes is one of the few Group One races to have eluded Aidan O’Brien.

Other Ballydoyle contenders include runaway Irish Derby victor Soldier Of Fortune, the mercurial George Washington, last year’s 2000 Guineas and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes scorer, brilliant filly Peeping Fawn, who recorded a Group One hat-trick this term in the Pretty Polly Stakes, Irish Oaks and Nassau Stakes, and top-class middle distance performer Dylan Thomas, who posted a resounding four-length victory in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 28.

Godolphin has made nine entries, with King George fourth Laverock, Group Two winners Echo Of Light and Stage Gift and Formal Decree, runner up in the Group One Grosser Dallmayr Preis in Germany on his latest start, possible runners for the Maktoum family’s operation. Godolphin is also yet to win the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes.

Notnowcato, who received a tremendous ride from Ryan Moore to take the Coral Eclipse at Sandown on July 7, is one of four entries for Sir Michael Stoute, successful previously with Pilsudski (1997) and Kalanisi (2000).

Henry Cecil has entered Group One winner Passage Of Time, last seen finishing eighth behind stable companion Light Shift in the Oaks at Epsom on June 1, and Multidimensional, who captured a Group Two prize at Deauville in August, 2006, but has not run since. Cecil is looking for his third Emirates Airline Champion Stakes success after Indian Skimmer (1988) and Bosra Sham (1996).

France supplies six fascinating candidates, among them Lawman, trained by John-Marie Beguigne, who followed a ready success in the Prix du Jockey Club in June with a facile three-length triumph in the Prix Jean Prat on July 8.

Chantilly-based handler Alain de Royer-Dupre, who sent out Pride to land the spoils in 2006, is responsible for high-class fillies Darjina, who edged out Stan James and Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Finsceal Beo in the French equivalent on May 13 and captured the Prix d’Astarte on July 29, and four-year-old Mandesha, a three-time Group One scorer last season, who was last seen chasing home Peeping Fawn in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on August 4, when Speciosa finished sixth.

The Peter Schiergen-trained Soldier Hollow, a winner of four Group One races, and Pinot Noir are the German entries, while South African trainer Mike de Kock has entered the former Aidan O’Brien-trained six-year-old Mullins Bay.


The £250,000 Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes, Britain’s premier contest for juvenile colts, which will take place on Newmarket’s Champions’ Day on Saturday, October 20, has attracted a fantastic 138-strong entry.

The total number of colts engaged in the seven-furlong race, three more than in 2006, when the final field of 15 produced a thrilling race, with the champion juvenile Teofilo rallying to overcome Holy Roman Emperor after a breath-taking duel.

A powerful Irish raid can again be expected with 44 entered from the Emerald Isle, including no less than 36 from Aidan O’Brien’s mighty Ballydoyle battalions, headed by the unbeaten Group Two Coventry Stakes winner Henrythenavigator.

O’Brien’s contingent also includes Group Two Anheuser Busch Adventure Parks Railway Stakes winner Lizard Island, as well as the runner-up that day, South Dakota.

Listed winner Warsaw has been engaged by the trainer who took the prize in 2001 with the brilliant Rock Of Gibraltar, along with Goodwood maiden runner-up Belgrave Square, Group Two Richmond Stakes third One Great Cat, High Chaparral’s brother Tale Of Two Cities and Hawk Wing’s unraced half-brother Zulu Chief.

Peter Chapple-Hyam, successful in 1991 with the following year’s Derby winner Dr Devious, could have a say in the outcome as he has entered seven colts including the unbeaten Winker Watson who landed the Group Two TNT July Stakes at Newmarket in July, having already captured the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The trainer also has Group Two Weatherbys Superlative Stakes runner-up Declaration Of War, impressive Listed winner Western Art, Amaakin, Orientalist Art, Skadrak and Tame That Tiger.

Andre Fabre secured a hat-trick of wins in the 1990s with Zafonic (1992), Pennekamp (1994) and Xaar (1997), and the master French trainer’s trio consists of World Ruler alongside maiden winners Beret Rouge and Minted, while fellow Gallic trainer Pascal Bary has engaged Group Two Prix Robert Papin winner Natagora.

Godophin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has nine colts entered including impressive Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes winner Rio De La Plata, while Raven’s Pass, an eye-catching five-length winner of an Ascot Listed contest on July 28, is one of four John Gosden-trained entries.

Milk It Mick gave Jamie Osborne his biggest success as a trainer when victorious in 2003 and he has Windsor Castle Stakes winner Drawnfromthepast, who was last seen when fifth to the Jeremy Noseda-trained Strike The Deal in the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Goodwood on August 3.

Mark Johnston took the Darley Dewhurst Stakes in 2004 with the brilliant Shamardal and he has Sandown maiden winner Campanologist, the progressive Gothenburg, McCartney, Miesko and Missioner.

Tommy Stack has engaged the unbeaten Group Three Dubai Duty Free Anglesey Stakes hero and recent Coolmore purchase Myboycharlie, while Jim Bolger, successful in 2006 with Teofilo has the exciting and unbeaten Tyros Stakes winner New Approach.

Mick Channon enjoyed Darley Dewhurst Stakes victory with Tobougg in 2000 and he has Group Two Weatherbys Superlative Stakes winner Hatta Fort as well as Atlantic Sport. Paul Cole took the race with Derby winner Generous in 1990 and may run TNT July Stakes runner-up River Proud, while Swiss Franc, third in that race, has been entered by David Elsworth.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Alistair Haggis, Press Officer, 07884 026 487


Sunday, August 12, 2007


The Very Latest news from Intelligent Horsemanship………

First of all – have all your emails been replied to from this office? It seems my address has been losing some of my mail. If I, or at least someone from this office, hasn’t replied to you - apologies and please do try again. We never ignore people on purpose. Unless, of course, they’re offering extremely dodgy products. I’m sure that’s not you.

On the other hand – if you don’t want to receive emails like this from me please just reply with the heading REMOVE and you need never hear from me again. Not ever. It’s completely your choice.

Now the news bit.
If you are short on time it’s basically……..

1. Monty’s next tour - he’s bringing over cool Western horses however (and confidentially) my little coloured horse Pie is going to show some really good stuff as well – can’t let the cowboys have it all their own way………

2. Why you should do a Horse Psychology weekend with me this winter (if you learn how to work with a horse’s mind you get his body thrown in for free – how’s that for a good deal?)

3. There are SPACES (seriously!) on the Perfect Manners weekend in September (we’ve only just put this course in the calendar that’s why)

4. Info re. the ILPH campaign to abolish the long distance transport of horses to slaughter. It’s all very well us going round telling everyone how we ‘love’ horses. Let’s do something to make a difference. The ILPH reckon this is their best chance ever to ban this horrible trade. As they say “Whatever suits your lifestyle, the ILPH will support your efforts to support us.” Come on – when did you last find an old lady that needed help crossing the road? This could be your good deed for August!

5. Other quickie news – South Africa demos in November, working for the Brooke Hospital in India in December, Monty and my new books out late September………….

6. Something secret – you’re not allowed to look unless you’ve read right to the end. Sorry but rules are rules.

If you’re bored and got loads and time (i.e. you’re at work) here it all is in full………..

“Monty Rides Again!”
~Come to the greatest get together of like minded horse people of this century!
Autumn Tour 2007

Your chance to see the legendary ‘Real Life Horse Whisperer’ at work showing the methods that have revolutionised the horse world PLUS see Worlds Champion rider Monty put a Western horse through his paces bringing ‘Join Up to the saddle’. Kelly Marks will be bringing her former ‘problem pony turned Champion’ American Pie to most of the venues, showing how he gained 100% success in the TREC PTV (obstacle section) and also went on to become a BSPS Champion Working Hunter Pony.

This Too-Good- To- Miss-Tour will be at the following venues:

22 Sept
Rodbaston College, Penkridge, Staffordshire ST19 5PH

27 Sept
Arena UK, Allington, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG32 2EF

29 Sept
Bishop Burton College, Beverley, Hull HU17 8QF

4 Oct
ILPH Norfolk, Anne Colvin House, Snetterton, Norfolk NR16 2LR

6 Oct
Unex Towerlands, Panfield Road, Braintree, Essex CM7 5BJ

10 Oct
Merrist Wood Campus, Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey GU3 3PE

13 Oct
The Grange EC, Northlew Road, Okehampton EX20 3DA

18 Oct
Greenlands EC, Wreay, Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 0RR

20 Oct
Gleneagles EC, Auchterarder, Perthishire PH3 1NF

23 Oct
Addington Manor EC, Buckingham MK18 2JR

26 Oct
Quob Stables, Durley Brook Rd, Durley, Southampton SO32 2AR

2 Nov
Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucester GL19 3BE

3 Nov
Myerscough College, Bilsborrow, Preston, Lancashire PR3 0RY


Why not make the most of this winter by investing in a two day course that could bring your horsemanship on in a quantum leap? The weekend is taught personally by Kelly Marks who has been running these incredibly popular ‘Horse Psychology weekends’ for nearly ten years.

Though based on scientific principles these courses are great fun as students learn the most effective ways to approach 'problems with horses' . Kelly starts by explaining how horse people don’t need to be afraid of science and gives simple explanations to enable students to understand the principles of behaviorism and how it can help their horsemanship.

With frequent DVD footage as examples students learn:-How positive and negative reinforcement can be used (and misused)Why we need to understand how horses learn in order to proceed in the most efficient and humane wayWhy it's essential we are fully aware of how horses see the world and how their senses effect their behavior.On the second day the students are taught the Intelligent Horsemanship problem solving procedures that mean by the afternoon they are able to work together to solve real life case studies.

Whether you are already studying traditional or natural methods, you’re a competition rider or ‘happy hacker’, horses are horses and this course can only help your understanding and success towards achieving happier horses.

If you learn how to work with the horse’s mind you get his body thrown in for free!

Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Horse Psychology weekend. This was my first IH course and I had no idea what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised. A complex subject but I think the course was pitched at the right level and has given me encouragement to read more. I was also thrilled to meet such a variety of people too, who all share the same quest to put 'intelligence into horsemanship' Krystyna Rogers.

Just to say how much I enjoyed the course, I have been full of it ever since! I thought it was very well run, with the right mix of student participation and teacher input. I have been doing plenty of that thinking about it afterwards that we talked about on the course, that's for sure. I also enjoyed meeting the other students, such a lovely bunch of people, Gaynor Renwick.

Go to ‘Courses’ on the main website for more details and availability or ring the office on 01488 71300


Learn how to Join Up with our lovely horses, long rein and do halter work – great tools to achieve the relationship with horses you’d love to achieve!

No experience necessary as Kelly and her very experienced tutors will look after and guide you all the way! Ring the office on 01488 71300 (9 am to 4 pm) for more information or go to

ILPH campaign to abolish the long distance transport of horses to slaughter.

A worrying new trend has emerged in Europe’s horsemeat trade. Despite the decrease in numbers of horses travelling long distances to slaughter, one exporting country has steadily increased the numbers of horses it transports to Italy for human consumption.

Britain’s favourite holiday destination, Spain, has emerged as one of the three biggest exporters of horses for slaughter to Italy. Whilst numbers are progressively decreasing from Poland and Romania (although they still remain the two major suppliers, with Poland being the largest with over 20,000 horses leaving for slaughter), live exports from Spain have been on the increase since the mid-nineties.

According to recent research carried out by Emma Leckie on behalf of the ILPH, over 10,500 horses were transported for slaughter from Spain to Italy in 2006. During the research, which is her fourth report for the ILPH and was completed in June, Emma found that transporters taking horses on journeys that last more than 24 hours actually lose money if they adhere to the new EU Regulation 1/2005.

We have the best chance of abolishing this trade that we have ever had! We are gathering the strongest evidence that has ever been put before the Commission.

Sign up now to be a campaigner; we need you to be ready to take action when the time is right! Whatever suits your lifestyle, the ILPH will support your efforts to support us. Please get in touch to register as an ILPH Campaigner by writing to Emma Seel at ILPH HQ, e-mail or log on to

Quickie News
South Africa – a few of us IHers will be going out at the end of November/beginning of December – I’ll be doing demos in Jo’burg and Cape Town, RA Rosie Jones will be my rider, RA Suzanne Marshall with be doing riding clinics, Ian and Sandy Vandenberghe will be there with their (invaluable) support – check out within a week or so the information goes over to

India for the Brooke Hospital for Animals in December – that’ll be just Ian and me – won’t be any picnic – but looking on the bright side how many people get the chance to lose weight in December? We’re proud to be part of the Brooke’s efforts, we’ll be running Intelligent Horsemanship courses for their vets and staff knowing how much wonderful work they do already for equines and the humans they support.

Last but not least the books! It won’t be long before you can get all the information about Monty and my latest books on our website – they should be available to buy from late September. Monty’s book is ‘Ask Monty – Your 150 most common horse problems solved’. Mine is ‘Perfect Confidence – Overcoming Fear, Gaining Confidence and Achieving Success with Horses’. ALSO there’s the Tenth Anniversary Edition of ‘Man Who Listens to Horses’. That should keep you quiet for a while.

Hope to catch up with you later in the year!

Best Wishes

Crikey! Congratulations reading this far! You should have a special award! How about a free copy of Whispering Back by Nicole Golding and Adam Goodfellow (worth £6.99) if you order any books or tack costing over £10 before 10th August. All you have to do is put or say the secret code ‘Marley’ with your order. (Marley is Nicole and Adam’s new baby and he’s completely gorgeous), Tel: 01488 71300Fax: 01488 73783Intelligent Horsemanship Ltd LethornesLambournBerkshireRG17 8QP


Thursday, August 09, 2007


for immediate release, Thursday, August 9, 2007



The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Notnowcato will work on Newmarket’s July Course at 8.00am tomorrow, Friday, August 10, in preparation for a repeat victory in the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes at York on August 21.

The four-year-old, a triple Group One winner including when triumphant in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on his most recent start, will gallop with a companion.
On Saturday, August 11, Arabian Gulf, also trained by Sir Michael Stoute, will work on the July Course prior to the first race, which is due off at 2.15pm.
Arabian Gulf, who will gallop with a companion, is a possible for the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on August 21, and holds an entry in the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger, the final classic of the season at Doncaster on September 15.

The Khalid Abdulla-owned three-year-old won a 10-furlong maiden on the NatWest Rowley Mile in April and has not been seen on the track since finishing runner-up to Budweiser Irish Derby winner Soldier Of Fortune in the Group Three MBNA Chester Vase in May.

Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Newmarket Racecourses, on 01638 675 504 or 07802 844 578


Tuesday, August 07, 2007


Save Our True Horsemen and Horsewomen Now A Dying Profession
February 14th 2001


The first instalment of “Turfcall” dated June 23rd 2000 was posted to approx: 120 people. The mix of which were chosen from all areas that go to making up the complex world of the horseracing industry in England Scotland and Wales, and in particular to the proven horsemen and horsewomen at the top of this profession.

Turfcall’s aim and purpose is to bring “The Back Stage Performers” directly to centre stage here. To uphold all their rights and those of the beautiful creatures in their care.

TURFCALL points out the following serious problems in dire need of change:-
(a) Meagre levels of pay(b) Scant recognition or reward(c) In many cases nil to poor accommodation(d) Long hours and very little time off(e) Inconsistent levels of training for youngsters starting out(f) No obvious career development structure(g) Trainers left to fund the lot whilst other sections of the industry take all the benefits and cream off most of the profits(h) All skilled work riders, yearling and two year old handlers and riders at the top of their profession, at present seriously overworked, and grossly underpaid, unrecognised in the main for most of their fantastic achievements. Now in an ever decreasing minority. To ask them further to take the learners under their wing allotted to the trainers teams for work experience, must surely be not only unacceptable, but grossly unfair to all parties.


TURFCALL’S highest priority to sort out the pay structures. See Appendix A Reform Brief Pay Suggestions.

Set-up Grades A and B as top professional recognised skill and experience levels to receive large increases in top up pay.

Grade A. Top professional recognition pay and reward for the skill and art of TOP horsemen and horsewomen.

Grade B. Top professional recognition pay and reward for the skill and art of ADVANCED horsemen and horsewomen.

Grade C. Those having completing the proposed 5 year University courses now working their way up. To earn a significant and good wage with further career opportunities of their choice, open to them.

Set out a separate level for Learners/students/apprentices. Set out a separate level for part timer’s, in two sections. ( i.) Thoroughbred handlers/riders as in Grades A.B.and C. ( ii.) Non thoroughbred handlers.

TURFCALL’S remuneration suggestion to establish the “Heart of Horseracing Pool Licence”That the further funds to make these wages up should come from yearly licences / subscriptions and performance monies to be charged as standard practice to all the other parties who directly benefit and make their living from horseracing. In other words those who directly benefit from the skilled and professional expertise of all those who prepare these animals for the track, the purpose behind each racing team, who put the show on the road. The very heart and backbone of horseracing.

These are the people to whom the true copyright of this industry/sport belong.

At present these other sections of the industry are taking all the benefits and creaming off most of the profits which are not applicable to them alone in any way. Their attention is called to the plight that they are directly causing and placing these trainers teams of multi talented personnel in, where every player is urgently needed to play their part. The very heart of horseracing at this key grass roots level, they do not deserve to be neglected and forced into poverty this way.



To heighten awareness to understand fully an animal’s needs, care and welfare. Horseracing is the ideal medium to take the lead in this where horse and man compete as one at a high level on the racetrack through the competition in races. This is a highly skilled profession make no mistake about that. Not easy to learn at all, although when done well it looks so easy, this is deceptive. Joe Public appear to have great difficulty in understanding what this is all about, very difficult to get across to people … they do not understand. The vast majority of people out there do not grasp what this is all about at all in the main. This being part of the problem.

Total reform is needed to bring this neglected industry/sport to order. Its image on the racetracks may look all glamour / glitter, but behind the scenes far too many of its vital workforce necessities and needs are being overlooked and ignored causing hardship beyond all reason. The only people qualified to tackle this job and to set it to rights, are the proven professional top horsemen and horsewomen in it.


To call together all Top Horsemen and Horsewomen proven at the top of this profession requesting their concentration thoughts and suggestions over the best way to tackle the present dire situation. That there be put in place at this top level a team of such personnel to uphold all rights at this key level. Due to the fact that this has not been the case and is not the case at present, it want’s to be made the case directly and pretty quick.

Here where Man and Beast compete as one. In all the preparation’s for the track, and in competition on the track. The wellbeing needs of both must be fairly upheld at all times. Monty Roberts, who was introduced to Britain by The Queen, has made fantastic strides world wide in addressing the true balance of understanding between horse and man to eradicate fear cruelty and ignorance. Providing a clear and wonderful insight through his books, his documentary films and his actual demonstrations. Showing how wonderful the true partnership between man and beast can and should always aim to be.

This unique partnership when equally shared is a fantastic work of art achievement at the highest level. Could this become the eighth wonder of the world during this new millennium ?. Many more documentary films of this sort are urgently needed in this country and throughout the world of horseracing to heighten awareness to others whose lives are touched by these beautiful creatures and indeed the rights of all living creatures.

Turfcall defines the two disciplines … Fettered and Unfettered.To cut out all brute force and ignorance using heavy fines and stricter monitoring practices to address fully all accidents injuries and deaths to both horses and personnel. To tackle and stop practices exposed by Monty Roberts in his Blushing E.T documentary. eg. Who was responsible for the cruel state Blushing E.T. had been reduced to and suffered ? Matters such as these need a full time investigative professional team of top horsemen / horsewomen to get matters of this nature sorted out. Those responsible sent for re-training and correction.

If thoroughbred racehorses are to be able to reach their true potential they need to be nurtured and cared for by skilled personnel who know what they are doing as true horsemen or horsewomen then and only then are they spared from the abuse suffering and pain of ignorance that blight and waist their lives. Awareness at this level now needs to be structured to ensure that this is fully understood, realised and respected with incentive and recognition to uphold. A thorough 5 year training program from the outset, with further structured specialist tutorials/ courses thereafter.



To recruit all those possible that have had to leave their career in racing due to meagre pay and lack of recognition and give them a fair deal. Plus the chance to take specialist courses to better themselves in whatever areas that interest them most. To ensure that a clear objective of what is on offer can be realised, with pay structures to reflect and reward accordingly.

Professional status recognition and fair pay deal for Lads and Lasses according to their status.The present grades A,B, and C, to be reflected by CONSIDERABLE top up pay rises.

Turfcall suggests that the further funds to make these top up pay packages should come from yearly subscriptions to be charged as standard practice to all the other parties who directly benefit and make their living from horseracing. In other words those who directly benefit from the skilled expertise of all those who prepare these animals for the track.

To put in place a sound structure to uphold all these rights at this key grass roots level, in respect of the trainers teams the professional multi talents envolved by all personnel that make up those teams, where every player is urgently needed to play their part. And to ensure for the future that throughout the many complexities in relation to the other parties involved in the world of horseracing that this balance be established and be kept to remain fair.

TO SET UP A NATIONWIDE WEB OF AREA UNIVERSITIES.To tackle and structure the training program and get in place. Suggested idea strategy it is hoped that the racecourses will agree to helping along these lines throughout the country, as a shop window for the sport. e.g. Newbury Racecourse University facilities to be run in conjunction with Newbury College with specialist tutors proven at the top of this their profession only. On race days class rooms to be open to racegoer’s with demonstrations to heighten awareness as to what this sport is actually all about.

Perhaps many owners will enjoy this, and some may like also to attend courses themselves. The provision of a network of learning facilities within the right environment for the specific purpose to form a thorough training program structured to meet all the aspects and needs of this complex subject, for the benefit of youngsters starting out and wishing to make this there career. With proper back up support throughout. To stop kids being chucked in at the deep end with meagre help and scant training. With no back up support whatsoever. This now to be corrected.

To tackle the suggested 5 year Learner/Student/Apprentice training program structure to follow on from where the two Racing Schools achievement’s have got to date, but to include full ongoing support and Weekly Area University Training Tutorials once placed with trainers. Full recognition as to their needs and guidance facility hot line. A fully structured learning program environment to provide the chance for these youngsters to grasp the skill and art that this profession so desperately calls out for. I have seen myself the radical difference between this on the one hand and the cruelty and ignorance which ruins and blights these beautiful creatures lives, as it does the kids.

To tackle and structure the suggested follow up further education specialist courses. Tutorials/demonstrations/ further training program/work experience abroad/ specialist courses/documentary film shows etc. Providing support and enabling environmental area learning facilities providing far larger opportunities for all those wishing to further their skills, or to learn new specialist skills.

To tackle and structure adult education courses for those who perhaps are members of syndicates and who would like to learn more.

Jockey’s to be charged a leg up fee to go directly to Lad or Lass who cares for runner to apply to all runners in all races. Not only for the direct purpose to establish and heighten awareness of the part played by same, but to recognise fully exactly what that vital part actually IS. To give them they’re fair share in decent professional recognition as their absolute right. There is no balance here in any way whatsoever is there, defies all belief. Note: Jump jockey’s fee = £93.15 plus vat if applicable per ride. Flat jockey’s fee = £68.15 plus vat if applicable per ride.
Racecourses: All races at all meetings to provide decent prizes to go to the Lad or Lass of both the winner and the placed horses, in each and every race.

Racecourses: Best turned out awards these further observations to be taken into account : Manners, personality, spirit, intelligence. Prizes First £500. Second £400. Third £300.00. Fourth £200.00. In proportion ratio to number of runners in each specific race that a prize of this sort is donated.

A points system in each stable yard to embrace riding ability on various specific counts.
To set up suitable condition races that are open for Lads and Lasses to ride in, to include a points system towards a full licence to ride. Ruling to be put in place that all owners and trainers be encouraged to comply to use this facility fully whenever possible.

On racehorse retirement rehabilitation. David Ashforth’s interview with Carrie Humble in Racing Post November 30th 2000. Plus to name just a few the work of Peter Humble Andrew Parker Bowles Julian Wilson Sir Peter O’Sullivan. John Purefoy from Winchester puts forward the suggestion to get funds in for this by charging a nominal levy to be imposed upon every horse declared at the 5 day stage of every race of perhaps 50p to £1. Plus a 5% of all racecourse daily takings in through the racegoer’s turnstiles. Plus a 5% from all bets placed. Plus a yearly sub from the government.

Monty Roberts books documentaries and exhibitions. Especially Monty’s Blushing E.T. documentary. We in England need to make more of these type of documentaries, especially to highlight and heighten awareness to the difference between Grade A personnel and Grade C personnel.

Recent Southampton University Southern Eye Documentary “The Flea.” Also Jenny Craddock’s B.B.C. program “Last Chance Saloon” Julian Wilson chairman of trustees of Moorcroft Racing Welfare Centre.

To show more documentary films to raise awareness to these matter’s on the daily televised programs, and sports programs. More feature films plus back up support in all relevant newspapers and magazines.

Sophie Mitchell, 28, daughter of trainer Richard Mitchell is one of only four professional female jump jockeys in this country, she has ridden 48 winners. Winning at Warwick on Balanak a horse who failed to run to win for R.Dunwoody … A.Maguire … or Mark Dwyer. Sophie says that yearly she earns around a tenth of what the top male riders achieve. Mainly because she gets far fewer opportunities perhaps 20% to the male dominance preferences 80%. The racing industry still treat a woman jockey as an oddity. Racecourses, Sophie says “They just don’t think women are as important” meagre facilities for their needs, in comparison to the male riders. Sophie says “ your performance as a jockey, not your gender is what matters, some of the girls find these attitudes intimidating.” Grossly unfair.


Sunday Racing through time thought and effort may well prove a resounding success.This would be a straight forward exercise for the Racing Teams, simple infact to the many highly specialised and tricky circumstances , which can and often do occur daily in any Racing Yard. If that is the grass roots professional personnel at the very heart of this industry were allowed to keep their houses properly in order. But due to the gross underfunding and neglect they have been left to choke on over decades, in their valiant attempts to keep the horseracing show on the road. Left to cope against all adversity reaching the present dire state appears not to matter one jot to the vast majority. Now the true situation comes to light exposing these problems. Sunday Racing should go down in history as the saving grace of a fantastic sport.

What the Sunday Racing experiment … venture into the unknown … has turned up and exposed is something that has been let to fester and rot over decades, whilst a blind eye is turned and the ensuing neglect is now in a very real low and dangerous state. Talented personnel vital to this industry have been forced through circumstances beyond their control to move on, unable to live on a meagre wage without recognition for their talents . The “ pat on the back” and “dedication label” syndrome, have snuffed out far too many key grass root’s personnel. No money now can ever replace them. The gold has been chucked in the gutter unrecognised by the powers that be and the other parties that make their living through this complex industry for far to long. The B.H.B. Stable Staff Resources Group have a situation on their hands that cannot be addressed overnight.

Charlie Brooks book “Crossing the Line” in particular Chapter 11 pages 229 to 236 quote “ With people of that quality seeping out of the industry, who is going to look after the thoroughbred population in years to come ?” Charlie puts the whole ghastly scenario in a nutshell his quote “The B.H.B should be all powerful” Absolutely, so why is it that they are not ?

The issues at stake here are a contamination of rust and decay. Gross misunderstanding of the issues at stake which are putting the whole sport in danger of collapse and under a dreadful strain these people do not deserve to be treated any longer like this. This has got to stop and be sorted out and put to rights.

The cracks have been around for a very long time, so why is it that nothing has ever been done about them ? Why have the powers that be not seen the danger signals ? Or if they have, acted to get this matter sorted ? Why is it thought that a pat on the back be good enough ? Or a label of dedication given, in place of a sound wage for the professional and skilled work done. Why should the expertise of professional horsemen and horsewomen be overlooked as of small account ? Why are they being denied a good wage and a decent quality of life ? They certainly earn it so why is it for so long now they have not been getting it ? They do not deserve to be placed under the whitewash of a charity for their life contribution so generously given during their lifetimes to supply others with the many luxuries in life, for which they themselves are not allowed any at all !

5. Special “RACING POST” Six Day Report from Tuesday 8.8.00 through to Sunday 13.8.00

Tuesday Aug: 8th 2000 Part 1 “We are running on empty” Insiders damning verdict on Sunday racing:

Wednesday Aug: 9th 2000 Part 2 “Something has just got to give” There has to come a time when you have to say ‘enough is enough’

Thursday Aug: 10th 2000. Part 3 “Jockeys are turning into zombies” Punch-drunk in a blur of action.

Friday August 11th 2000. Part 4 “A bad day at the office for layers.” We ask punters for their views.

Saturday August 12th 2000. Part 5 “ No knee-jerk reaction-BHB.” Problems so many problems.

Sunday August 13th 2000. Part 6 “They like it – but they don’t want to bet on it.” Punters views.

Saturday August 12th 2000 Channel 4 The Morning Line John Francome interviews Louise Stradling a Lass working with the team of trainer Roger Charlton at Beckhampton near Marlborough Wiltshire. Louise respectfully points out that part time workers with no understanding or skill of riding, handling and caring for thoroughbreds through no fault of their own, may well manage part time work of other sorts as perhaps for hotel’s etc with ease. But for part time with trainers teams this is a different ball game altogether ”.

Lord Oaksey who helped establish the Stable Lads Association quote “This is a very serious situation. I freely admit that not nearly enough has been done. Anyone that wants racing to flourish ought to see that this is a problem that needs to be resolved”.

Sir John Kemball chief executive of Racing Welfare quote “ fraught with inadequacies, leaving the government and charities to pick up the pieces of racing’s neglect”.

Maria McCabe Lass working with David Elsworth’s Team quote “The catastrophic burden placed on the minions upon whom the rusty old wheels of the racing industry turn. Who even pauses for the briefest of moments to consider just how stable staff, horse box drivers and yes, even jockeys are able to cope physically with the rigours of this phenomenal workload”.

Britain’s trainers cite deep- rooted financial problems facing the entire racing industry as the explanation behind the present dire situation. William Haggas Mark Johnston Sir Michael Stoute Mark Pitman Mick Channon Lester Piggott Richard Hannon have all spoken out recently upholding the rights of all personnel who make up their racing teams … the vital ingredient to their success. Ben Hanbury quote “We all rely on stable staff a huge amount.”
Luca Cumani quote “We are running Formula 1 teams but paying the wages of a local mechanic, trainers are caught in the middle.”

Richard Fahey quote “Lads work hard and need looking after. There has got to be every available incentive to keep them in the game”.
Warwick Smith head lad to Richard Fahey quote “Articles are written every few years about the poor down-trodden stable lads, and people think some good will come out of it. But nothing does”.

Thomas Arnold that famous headmaster of Rugby School in the earlier part of the 19th century, quote “There is nothing so unnatural and convulsive to society as the strain to keep things fixed when all the world is in eternal progress; and the cause of all the evils of the world may be traced to that most natural but most deadly error of human indolence and corruption that our business is to preserve and not improve”.

Sir Ian MacGregor quote “ANY management that stands still is destined to fail”.
Jean Cadman quote “The understanding and nurturing of thoroughbred’s is a professional job - that of the stable staff who live and care for their horses daily. The false assumption that the mucker out’s of stables is all that is required of them seen as unskilled casual labour / Butlers and chambermaid’s as servant’s slaves more like in racing should be recognised as professionals of job. As who else knows thy horse better than stable staff.” Jean says “ I did it 50 years ago and the status symbol still stinks to-day just the same as mucker out of horses with no professional recognition of job beyond menial tasks with few perks of job behind scenes. I just hope before I pop my clog’s stable staff will be recognised as professionals with full remuneration recognition . Excuses of their dedication to horses- as not recognised professionally is no longer acceptable. Servants to racing must be professionals.”

The Burnham report factors, as with The Media Rights seem out of focus unbalanced and way off the mark as to addressing fairly and reasonably the actual vital issues at stake here.

In the context of all parties that make up this industry. That golden goose sure needs reviving and given life saving treatment and convalescence care if it is ever going to lay any more eggs. AND pretty quick. And only by the people qualified to “Set it fair.”

The Aga Khan’s Call made at the Moyglare Dinner in Ireland on 8.12.2000 quote “Needed a fairer distribution of prize-money to help owners participating in smaller races”.Michael Harris, Chief Executive of the Racehorse Owner’s Association quote “Britain the poor man of international racing. Calls the prize-money at the bottom end “dire”.Owen Brennan Trainer quote “It’s daft how low prize-money is in Britain. It’s desperate compared to even some of the smaller courses in Ireland. Racecourses in my opinion, spend too much on the wrong improvements.

They spend millions on new stands and hospitality suites without looking after their first priority, the owner, without whom there would be no racing”.Pat Brennan Owner quote “It’s a joke for leading tracks to be rewarding owners with such abysmal amounts. Racecourse have improved facilities for racegoers, but are they doing it at the expense of owners ? Do they really need all those fancy bars ? ”. The trickle down effect that eventually should reach the heart of the racing teams is ZERO by that time. The whole system right across the board is defunct out of order and totally unbalanced.The Marchioness of Tavistock Owner and Breeder quote “Staffing levels will need to increase substantially for there to be the proper infrastructure in the yards to ensure the standard of care that should exist, and also for the lads themselves to have a proper life”.

Michael Jarvis quote “I wish we could come up with a brainwave but it’s a question of money. Most of us are finding things very tough at the moment”.

Andy Fox Henrietta Knights head lad quote “Some lads leave their career in racing with a lump sum of £2.000 this is a disgrace”.

Andy Cook head lad for Micky Hammond quote “When lads come into the sport there is no one really to advise them”.

Andy Shaw travelling head lad to Sean Woods quote “I think it would be a good idea if someone from the pensions industry went round the training centres to put lads in the picture”.

Steve Collier, travelling head lad for John Dunlop quote “I’ve been in the game for 29 years, and my pension slip shows a minus. According to them I owe them £21. Even if the figures are right and we come out with £2.000, that’s a derisory amount”.

Michael Harris, chief executive of the Racehorse Owners Association, said “I have every sympathy with stable staff and there is no question something better has to be worked out. It is an endemic problem in racing that can only be solved by curing the underfunding in the industry. Until there is more money, racing will continue to operate on a shoestring”.

Tristram Ricketts the B.H.B’s executive quote “It’s vital that racing has adequate numbers of well trained properly remunerated staff with the skills to do an essential job”.

Raye Wilkinson northern representative of the Stable Lads’ Welfare Trust has devised a “Lifetime In Racing” series. Race recognition for the true long-serving unsung heroes. Now to get some deserved recognition thanks to this novel idea and the whole hearted response from Yorkshire racecourses. Raye’s first race to be named after Donald “Ticker” Hoy to be at Pontefract on May 2nd. One at Thirsk for Charlie Greatorex and the other at Doncaster for Ernie Paterson. These three men have given a lifetime to the game. Please phone your nominations through to Raye on 01969 624123.

The Marchioness of Tavistock Owner and Breeder Quote “Without doubt the most urgent requirement is for better basic care of the horse, and to have that we need to have more attention paid to the welfare of stable staff, this whole issue must be tackled”.

Maria McCabe Lass working with David Elsworth’s Team Quote “So a message to the almighty BHB, Just who were you elected to represent ?”

John Gosden quote “As long as racing is divided by factions, the future is bleak for improving its financial state”.

Mark Johnston Trainer Quote “Must we resort to confrontation ?”

Mark Johnston Trainer “ Quote “ Why, oh why, are potential bidders having discussions with the RCA and excluding the BHB and all other interested parties ? It seems they have decided among themselves to take sole ownership of racing’s product and carve it up for their own gain”.

Mark Johnston Trainer Quote “ We have played the game for long enough. We democratically elected the BHB as the sole representative for the industry with regard to funding and the replacement of the levy. Yet, the RCA having stated that it was also backing the BHB, is still sailing under an independent flag”.

Mark Johnston Trainer Quote “Over the last few years, those opposed to the racing industries case for better funding have used political arguments against us. They have accused us of being a divided industry, unable to put our own house in order , and they have used this argument to excuse the daylight robbery by the Government and the big bookmakers, which has gone on for years and continues today.”

Mark Johnston Trainer Quote “It is time for us to present some ultimatums, gentle at first but forceful if necessary. Firstly, the RCA must be told, once and for all, that it does not have sole rights to, or control of, racing’s product, and that it must involve the BHB in all negotiations. The BHB must then complete its proposal for the future funding of racing, have it approved by Government and put it into practice. At the first sign of either of these approaches failing, we should simply calculate the minimum cost to owners of funding a full field in a race and we should refuse to turn up for any contest that offers less”.

Bill Adams Secretary General of the Stable Lads Association Quote “ We are the only ones left in the dark, now our voice is just beginning to be heard.”

Maria McCabe Lass working with David Elsworth’s Team Quote “We have been in the throws of an acute staffing crisis for many years now”.

The Marchioness of Tavistock Owner and Breeder quote “In my opinion, this whole issue is driven by greed-the greed of bookmakers and the government for revenue from racing. What has to happen is that we have to put much more into racing before we can take more out.”
Eddie Hide Retired Flat Jockey Quote “If I had to name one secret of whatever success I achieved

It would perhaps be that, because of my family and my upbringing, I was always a horseman first and a jockey second. In other words, my commitment was to all aspects of the job of getting horses to win races rather than to being spectacularly brilliant in the saddle. I never thought I was marvellous – I just marvelled at the opportunities that came my way !”.

The BHB through Peter Savill’s copyright action against William Hill started in March 1999 over its database rights. Now in the wake of its landmark High Court Victory The Times on Saturday February 10th 2001 report from Alan Lee Racing Correspondent “Racing has struck a significant early blow in what is destined to be a prolonged scrap with the bookmakers over the future funding of the sport. This is a result of incalculable importance to racing’s finances. I understand that all the leading bookmakers, not just the company defeated in court, may be found to owe the BHB almost two years in back payments for use of such information.” Peter Savill said “ It will also assist us in negotiating licences and payment from the many bookmakers who have so far refused to enter into licenses with BHB.”

A long look … into copyright factors on various other level’s not least of these being Stable Staff … the personnel who nurture and care for each horse daily the ones who do actually take all the risks, the very ones that can either make or break these beautiful young creatures lives.

The various other front’s within this sport to enable it to be recognised and properly appreciated with remuneration to match expertise.

We read of US Triple Crown winner Affirmed’s death in the Racing Post on Monday January 15th 2001 Dan Farley’s tribute with not a single word about or from the Lad who nurtured and cared for Affirmed daily, no photograph nothing only just a glimpse of a grey shirt.

Steve Cauthen mournes the death of quote “ the loss of a great friend, of somebody who made a big impact on my life and career something I respected every time I was around him. He was probably the most intelligent horse I was ever around. He had a lot of common sense, he loved to run and battle, and he was an easy horse to ride. I just appreciated his company-and I think everyone else around him did. The horse had such class and presence. I could always trust him to give me his best. I always knew he would run a big race. He was very, very special and everybody he touched was awed by him. He humbled a lot of people. He was such a gentleman, a strong horse-just very dignified. He knew he was the real deal.” No word about or from the Lad who’s daily work had nurtured and developed Affirmed’s life …

In the late 1960’s a Lass working with the Auriol Sinclair’s Team at Lewes was asked to take on a two year old colt by Sir Winston Churchill’s High Hat, bought as a yearling for £17,000.00. Sold as a two year old for £250.00 with the reputation of being savage in the box and unrideable. This colt incidentally had killed the Lad that “did him” and was quickly sold for a give away price. This Lass took over a copyright that was desperate … and exceedingly dangerous. The Lass cared for all that young animal’s needs daily she always rode him out, and in all his work. He was the only horse to win on the flat in the yard that year. Going on to win many good hurdles races and chases in the years that followed. Auriol Sinclair’s understanding of animals ensured that through that Lass that young animal’s broken life was renewed and pieced back to-gether gradually daily.

The twist in the tale comes in this true story due to the fact that before joining Auriol Sinclair’s team, this Lass had written to Fred Winter asking for a job with him. This letter received a prompt reply to say that … “ he did not employ girls”. Strangely as things turned out he was the very man who later purchased this animal so benefiting directly from all that this Lass had achieved with this horse through her patient renewal and character confidence rebuilding techniques which enabled this horse to re-find his feet and to get his life back. Copyright indeed, but only a girl’s …. a girl who had had the chance to benefit from a fantastic tutor over 7 years. Without that start she would never have been able to tackle such an undertaking. That Horses name was Cardinal’s Error.

The copyright of each animal placed in training under the supervision of the team captain “The Trainer” depends to the greater extent on the person who’s job it is to nurture and care for it’s daily needs this includes riding it out at exercise and in all it’s work and preparation for the track. From a yearling onward the skill and art of that person is paramount to the youngsters future success, to its happiness and wellbeing. This job can never be done by a Learner a Student or an Apprentice. The skill and art required to carry out this highly skilled tutorial can only be achieved over a period of time by a top horseman or horsewoman and in company of same, as in Grade A and Grade B as specified in the Reform Brief Suggestions of Turfcall.

Where in the wide world can man find … Nobility without pride,

Friendship without envy,Or beauty without vanity ?

Here, where grace is laced with muscle and strength, by gentleness confined.

He serves without servility:He has fought without emnity:

There is nothing so powerful,Nothing less violent;

There is nothing so quick;Nothing more patient.England’s past has been borne on his back.

All our history is his industry;We are his heirs,He our inheritance … The Horse by Ronald Duncan

Published by Alan Tabar Ltd by permission of David Higham Associates

This blueprint is the copyright of Margaret Clarke. Margaret and her late husband Eugene “Nobby” Clarke served the sport of horseracing between them for over 100 years from Zarathustra to Persian Bold.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

National Chairman of the Stable Lads Association Jeremy Corkell, and Internal Senior Professional Horseman Don Stacey Lambourn, act to engage Tim Lyle

Jeremy Corkell confirmed that the decision to engage Tim Lyle, had been taken a
week ago, and that following Lyle’s seven days' holiday, he would begin work next Monday August 13 to cover the northern region on a full time basis.

Explaining the decision, Corkell said: "Jim Cornelius had discussed with me the need to get two people out in the field. We needed to appoint someone quickly, and though others were mentioned, Tim Lyle got the vote. "Tim will be brilliant out in the field. He's done it before, when he worked for the SLA with Bill Adams, and he knows the people. I think Tim and Jim will work well together. They'll bounce ideas off each other."

Lambourn-based senior horseman Stacey, who attended last week's national committee meeting, alongside Corkell, confirmed that he had not been in contact with Jim Cornelius, who is unable to take up his post full time until September 3.

Lyle, a former TGWU official, applied for the role of chief executive, but did not make the ballot stage, at which ex-Unison regional organiser Jim Cornelius topped the 187-vote election from two "internal" candidates, George McGrath and Don Stacey.