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Monday, 26 May 2014

"There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship."

Anon.

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Swilken (Sam) and Astrovirtue (Tom)

It started off overcast this morning but as the morning has gone on, the sun has come out and it is now starting to feel pretty close. I think it is going to be another day of sunshine and sharp showers. It is a bank holiday today, but as you know it is just a normal day in the racing industry and we have just been getting on with our usual routine, cantering on Bury Side.

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My Guardian Angel (Darren) and Astrodiamond (Glenn)

Both our horses ran really well on Friday at Yarmouth, with Comrade Bond winning well and Blue Bounty very unlucky not to have followed suit. Both ran in the blue colours of Raceworld Syndicates and our members swelled the crowd on what was a very good day. The ground suited them both and they looked absolute pictures in the paddock. What a great start to the year for Raceworld and I am sure we will continue in the same vein.

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Cooling down after exercise

I see Richard Hughes has giving the publicity and stirred everybody up over the Clerk of the Courses who water the tracks too much. As readers of this column will know I have been saying this for years, and now that the champion jockey has put it into print, everybody is sitting up and taking notice. We need the grass longer on the courses with a good sward which acts as a cushion and shock absorber between the horse’s legs and the ground. When they cut it so short and water, it is just like galloping on firm Astroturf. It is alright for playing hockey on but not horseracing. The Clerk of the Courses also use enormous amounts of sand rather than soil when filling the holes in. This is a major mistake as well as sand builds up and goes very firm and most of all, grass doesn’t grow in sand. Richard Hughes calls for the ridges to be removed on all the tracks, which has definitely been caused by over watering. I am not completely against this but my main concern is that the tracks must have enough time to recover from the major surgery they will be getting. The tracks don’t want to close for several years as they are soon forgotten and the stands and buildings can deteriorate very quickly.