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Thursday, 16 January 2014

"Remember, we all stumble, every one of us.  That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand." 

Emily Kimbrough.

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Refuse To Bend ex Four Miracles

After a few showers overnight it is dry this morning, and for this time of year it is quite warm. I would think the temperature is between 8 and 10 degrees. It helps having no wind. After yesterdays busy morning we have just had a general exercise with everything and so far so good.

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Champs Elysees ex Tenpence

We tried slightly different tactics last night with Like Clockwork. We led on him, which didn’t work out as well as we had hoped. I think we should revert back to the taking our time tactics, which have worked in the past. He does jump hurdles well and we may have to wait for some better ground on the turf, to see him back in the enclosures.

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Dutch Art ex Sosumni and Lexi Grady Alice

There are great big articles today in the Racing Post, about the gaming machines in the betting shops and how all the different politicians have got it on their agendas. Personally I can’t see anything is going to change in the near future, if at all. It may be that the expansion of betting shops is reduced but I can’t see that they could increase it more, even if they wanted to, as there are so many everywhere. The shout from the bookmakers is that shops will shut and the levy will go down, which will affect our industry. But, in reality, I can see plenty of hot air being talked and nothing actually coming out of it.