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Thursday, 03 July 2014

"Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves."

Henri Frédéric Amiel.

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Heading home

It’s a lovely warm day once again and it looks set fair for the next couple of days, with just a little band of rain coming over at the weekend. We did normal canter work on Bury Side, and all has gone smoothly.

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Blue Bounty (Heather)

We have one runner today at Epsom. Hold Firm runs in the 7f maiden at 6.35. He completely missed the start last time at Yarmouth, where he froze in the limelight, but he has been through the stalls some more at home and it will be disappointing if he does it again tonight. If he jumps off with them today, he will get the education we were hoping for the first time. I don’t think the track will be any problem to him and the trip certainly won’t.

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Topamichi (Glenn)

Our local council granted planning permission for the Hatchfield Farm development last night, which was against any commonsense thinking whatsoever. As the majority of the councillors don’t live anywhere near to Newmarket, and it won’t give them a problem going about their daily business, they didn’t care one jot. If this project is allowed to go ahead, it is only the tip of the iceberg with 400 houses. There will be a major expansion, both with houses and commercial properties. Let’s hope the secretary of state, Eric Pickles, can reverse the decision. It is a very bleak day for Newmarket.

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Nancy (Tom)

It is a very bleak day for Goodwood as well. The Stewards’ Cup has been known by that name for 174 years, and a decision has been made by the Goodwood representatives and 32Red, the bookmakers who are offshore in Gibraltar, to change the name of the race to the 32Red Cup. However, there is no increase in the overall prize money and it is a complete disregard to any tradition in racing. Everybody should be ashamed of themselves. If they wanted to call it the 32Red Stewards’ Cup that would have been acceptable, but only if the prize money had been upped by a minimum of £50,000. It just goes to show how racecourses are desperate for sponsors and they will bend over backwards, even giving away their heritage for the dosh. I dread to think what will happen next.