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It's the Guineas weekend

Friday, 02 May 2014

"He that respects himself is safe from others; he wears a coat of mail that none 

can pierce."

  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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Blue Bounty and Astrovirtue

It’s a very overcast morning and much colder than of late, with a few spots of rain in the wind, which is stronger than it has been for a while. All in all not a very early May like morning and the forecast is for it to be a hard frost tonight. We have been on Warren Hill and Side Hill polytracks this morning, doing good healthy exercise.

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Two lots of workers

We have one runner tomorrow at Goodwood. It is a bit tilting at windmills, but we are running Toptempo in the 1m 4f Listed race. Hopefully the ground will get even softer, which will help more, and if she could get some black type, it would help the family no end.

It all happened a bit quick for Topaling yesterday at Lingfield, but she was far from disgraced, behaved very well and we will be back out on the track with her soon, over a bit further. I am sure she will be upholding the family tradition in the not too distant future. 

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Crystal Pearl, Nancy and Astrodiamond

It is the Guineas this weekend, with the 2000 on Saturday and the 1000 on Sunday. There are 14 runners in the colts’ classic, which looks a great race. With Kingman starting to drift in the betting, you have got Australia, Kingston Hill and Toormore all expected to step up and be very competitive. It will be a great race to watch and there will be a few reputations made and lost in the minute or so it takes to complete it. On Sunday we have the 1000 Guineas, which looks wide open to me, but I think my three against the field would be Ihtimal, Tapestry and Vorda. It is a pity the weather is going to be cold, but it may pick up for Sunday.

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Work in progress

Our building work has started in the yard, with the first development being the re-installation of the three boxes that was the pump room for the equine pool. This has had to be done with the doors exactly the same as the listed building. We have already found plenty of signs of previous building work, but no gold coins as yet. The plan is to do the laundry and staff rooms next, with the main infill of the pool and stable block to follow. We also need to re-design the entrance way, which will take some thinking about as the doorway is on the curve. There will be plenty scratching of heads and drawings on the back of the hand, but I am sure we will get it right and it will preserve the yard for future generations. It is ideally placed for both sides of the town and when we have got 40 boxes, will be a perfect size.

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Steaming the hay

I see the BHA has laid off another executive. This seems to be a regular occurrence at present, with many people leaving various posts. It will be interesting to see what happens next. It looks like they are not going to be replaced, so what is the plan? It is our industry; I think we should be told what the plan is.