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Thursday, 06 February 2014

"We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own."

Ben Sweetland.

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A normal day in the yard

At least we have no rain this morning, but I am sure that will be only short lived, as the forecast is horrendous once again for the next few days. It is really cold as well, with the wind biting through you out on the heath. Everything has gone well so far, other than a perspective new member of staff failing to turn up for an interview. This always annoys me. I don’t know why this happens so often, as you would have thought obtaining a job, would be a high priority. Never mind, we have got plenty of other candidates, and I am sure we will soon fill the vacancies.

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Halling ex Twelfth Night looking into the yard

It is the February sales here today in Newmarket. It is a one day sale, with a mixed assortment of horses, from mares in foal through to racehorses. There is a stallion parade beforehand, with ten or more stallions being paraded for perspective breeders to see. We are selling Zenarinda today. She has been a good servant to us, winning a couple of races and lets hope she finds a future home, whether it be to continue her racing career or as a broodmare.

There is an article in the Racing Post today on our breeding side. I tried to explain how we work, and what fun owners can have with an involvement in the breeding side of the industry. It does take time and there are no shortcuts, and the money involved, soon mounts up. However, the pleasure you can get from seeing the offspring on the track, is enormous. All the other aspects, whether it be visiting and deciding upon stallions, the foaling and rearing, is all very enlightening and interesting for the mares owner.

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Treacle, the Guv'nors dog

Our new syndicate colt by Refuse To Bend, continues to please me. He is a real character and is constantly keeping everybody on their toes. He is a strong, compact colt, who looks like being reasonably early at this stage. I have still got a few shares left in him and early inspection, via a visit to the yard, is encouraged. Just give the office a ring and come and view him. I am sure you will like what you see.