This season we have had 19 winners from just 58 runners with a strike rate of 33%, 10 of which since I started, which hopefully shows I’m no jinx. Jump racing is currently taking its 10 day summer break but it won’t be long before it gets busy again so I can talk more about our horses!
I spent most of July in America, mainly in upstate New York, with some friends/housemates. My parents actually trained winners at Saratoga Racecourse when I was very young so I’ve always wanted to go and see what they’ve talked about ever since then. Their season starts in early July and runs for 5 days a week for 6 weeks with only Monday and Tuesday off. What was planned as just a holiday turned out to be quite useful to me as I was able to speak to different trainers/assistants out there and get an idea of the different methods and ways of training they use. It differed enormously when it came to morning exercise and use of medication. After hearing the sheer amount of rules an assistant has to learn regarding the medication I count myself lucky to be working here. We actually stayed half an hour from the track in a log cabin with a lake, on a rodeo ranch (we went to three rodeos a week and one of our party actually rode in one) in the Adirondack mountain range and rented a pickup truck for the duration of our time there. So I feel I got the full American experience!