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Gee Sixty Six runs tonight in the 7.10 at Kempton ....

More weather warnings in place for the next few days

Thursday, 23 January 2014

"Old Time, that greatest and longest established spinner of all!.... his factory is a secret place, his work is noiseless, and his hands are mutes."

Charles Dickens.

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The moon looking down on us at first lot

It’s a very mixed morning already weather wise, and as we write this, it is pounding on the office roof and the rain looks set for the next hour or so. Thank goodness we have got the first two lots out in the dry. The two-year-olds can stay around the indoor ride, which is a complete godsend on days like this.

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The lights are on all around the yard

There was quite a lot happening yesterday in the racing world, with big gambles being pulled off, or so the bookmakers would like us to believe, the return of Frankie Dettori with two winners, Sprinter Sacre having a good exercise without any difficulty, and the Newmarket horseracing industry announcing their results of an economic survey. This had been commissioned to show how much Newmarket is dependant on the industry and what the repercussions would be if parts of it were to be built upon.

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David with Dutch Art ex Sosumi, tacking up for exercise

The other thing of interest today in the Racing Post is the Racecourse Owners Association jackpot scheme. There is £120,000 going into twelve designated mid-week race meetings, with the money being paid out if the winning owners are members of the association. This from the outset, looks a good proposition and any new prize money is welcomed, but it doesn’t say where this money is coming from and it could be that it is the owners own money which is being recycled. A bit more information would be welcome.