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Friday, 18 April 2014

"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else." Lawrence J. Peter.

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Walking out to exercise

It’s a glorious day, with blue sky, no wind and the temperature looks set fare to be in the mid teens by the middle of the morning. Everybody is in and we have been able to get some good cantering work into them before breakfast. We have been using the town canter and then Long Hill polytrack. The forecast for the weekend is for some rain to come over from the continent, especially from the south east. This would be welcome, just to keep the ground on the good side and stop it going firm.

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Out on the Town Canter

It is the first Good Friday ever with racing, and the powers that be have allowed an all-weather meeting at Lingfield and one at Musselburgh. Lingfield have their Championship Day today, with £1 million in prize money. This whole series was supposed to get everybody excited, but I think it is pretty much a damp squib. However, there is one good race at 2.55 with the three-year-old conditions stakes, with one or two interesting horses taking part. Arc dominates the lower grade prize money ladder and this day should not be a barometer for their input into the prize money fund. They could do much better, but have share holders to look after and that seems to be at the forefront of their thinking. The Jockey Club came out with their figures this week, which was very good, and came up with the idea of a structure to be put in place, which would encourage racecourses to put prize money at a proper level. I hope this idea gets off the ground.

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Swilken and Blue Bounty

I hope My Guardian Angel gets in at Plumpton on Sunday, as he is fit and well. The race is a valuable one, although quite competitive. If he gets balloted out, he will more than likely run at Market Rasen on Monday.

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                                                                        Captain Clint

Today we show you some pictures of our older horses, who have found good homes, Captain Clint and Dolls House. Both look a picture of health and show what great careers, outside of the racing industry, they can have. We always endeavour to find these horses really good homes and these two are just an example of what we find. They are loved and cherished by their new owners and have a fantastic life. We have always got horses looking for homes, at one time or other, and people should just email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with their details, and we will put them on the list.

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Dolls House

Don’t forget the five to follow competition is up and running and live, a bit late this year as we had problems with technical side of it. We have not had a winner yet but they are all to come. Don’t forget, the prize is a share in one of next year’s horses and it is well worth having a go. Tell all your friends and neighbours and get as many people involved as possible.