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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

"The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground."

Anon.

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David long reining Champs Elysees ex Tenpence

The temperature has dropped dramatically this morning and with the wind getting up, it is absolutely perishing out on the heath. We have now got driving rain as well. It was amazing to see how many horses were about first thing. It was as if every string was trying to be in the same place at the same time. With five canters open on Warren Hill it looked chaotic, but in fact everybody knew what they were doing and there were no great hold ups at all. It just gets congested at times when the space to jump off is restricted. We have talked about enlarging the walking grounds at this position on the heath, and although it makes good sense to do something, it is usually only as busy as this on a few days of the year.

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Prayer Time and Refuse To Bend ex Four Miracles

There are some great pictures of Worcester today in the Racing Post. It is completely flooded and several other tracks are on the verge of becoming so too. With the rain continuing as it is, and more of it forecast, I am sure it will be a long time before the ground becomes good again. But before you know it, and I am sure it will only be a few months, we will have drought conditions and the ground will be firm and even harder at Bath. The courses that are actually running will be getting ploughed up with the runners, and I just hope that they have enough workers to repair the ground. I have gone on about filling holes with sand before, which doesn’t do the ground any good at all, and I hope they have a good supply of soil to do the job.

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David from the stud

The foals we had last week are all doing well and are spending some time out in the nursery paddocks and the indoor barn. They are all very healthy, thank goodness, and are very demanding of their mothers, who have taken to it like a duck to water. I am sure we will be having one or two more this coming week, but if they have any sense with the weather like it is, they will hang on as long as possible.