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Friday, 17 January 2014

"People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind."

William Butler Yeats.

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The two-year-olds going round the indoor school

It is a very similar morning to what we have had all week, although it seems to be quite a few degrees colder. I think it is because the wind has just got up a bit and the chill factor has started to take effect. We did just a normal January exercise with the older horses and the two-year-olds, who are really starting to look the part now. There are a few smaller compact ones this year and we may be running a few two-year-olds a bit sooner than normal.

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Champs Elysees ex Tenpence

It was interesting this week to see the world racehorse rankings come out, with two fillies, Black Caviar and Treve, at the head of proceedings. I think this is the first time this has happened and what two great horses they are. It is great that Treve will continue racing, at least for another season. The other interesting statistics was the two-year-old ratings, with the best two-year-old in Europe being Toormore. He only cost £36,000 and is by the unfashionable Arakan. It just goes to show it is usually these middle range ones that are the best. I don’t think either his dam or his second dam won a race and its pedigree is nothing to shout about, but he can certainly run. He is owned by a syndicate who have already turned down big offers for him, and unless they get something that is completely unbelievable, which they may well get, I hope they can continue to get the fun out of him they deserve.

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The Guvnor clipping 

I don’t know what is happening with the professional jockey’s doctor situation, but Michael Turner has been a tremendous employee for over 21 years and has done so much to improve the jockey’s medical welfare. It looks to me like a cost cutting effort of behalf of the BHA and I await the authority’s next move with interest.

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Darren keeping the feed room clean and tidy

It was interesting for me to read in the sports sections yesterday, of an Englishman being arrested at the Australian open tennis in Melbourne. He had been sending information back to a third party, who was gaining an advantage of at least 6-8 seconds on the live TV feed. Personally I don’t see the difference in the people who do this on our racecourses. They do exactly the same and are betting on their own computers at the tracks and gaining 3 or 4 seconds on the gullible people sitting at home. If they are calling the first one fraud, then why not the second? If there is a difference in what is happening, could somebody please explain it to me.