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The National Racing Museum will be a must go to place

Tuesday, 08 July 2014

"No mind, however loving, could bear to see plainly into all the recesses of another mind." Arnold Bennett.

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My Guardian Angel (Joe) leading Astrocat (Sinead)

It is another glorious morning with plenty of sunshine and the temperature is perfect. We have been on the Al Bahathri first lot with a few workers, and all went well. The rest of the morning will be just cantering and trying to get some of the backward ones fitter. It takes an amazing amount of time for them to get as fit as you would like. There is no quick fix, just good consistent training and when ready, intersperse it with some faster lung expanding work.

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Blue Bounty (Heather) leading Topaling (Sophie)

We have two runners today, both at Lingfield. Crystal Pearl is our first runner in the 1m 4f handicap. She should be suited by the trip, if not a bit further in time, as this family have all got better with age and distance. Her two runs this year have been interesting. She didn’t get the best of rides first time and she didn’t handle the track at Newmarket second time. I am hopeful of a much better run today but can’t see any pace in the race, which may make it a bit muddled. We have fitted blinkers to Nancy, just to concentrate her mind a bit and although she hasn’t sparkled yet and this is quite a warmish race, she should run better than she has done and will be handicapped afterwards. Ted Durcan rides Crystal Pearl and Ben Curtis is on Nancy.

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Blue Bounty (Heather) walking home

I see there is some talk about moving the Derby to a twilight evening start time. Well, this is another completely barmy idea from somebody, and where it has come from, I am not sure, but it must be either the TV people, or the people running our industry, who have no idea. Why we mess these races about is beyond me. I am sure the majority of people want the Derby on a Wednesday at 3 o’clock, in the middle of the card as it always was. I know we have to move with the times and in these days of social media and very fast communications worldwide, everything is happening before we know it, but history is history and we have so much of it in our industry. I am sure the new and the old should mix well and changing for changing sake doesn’t always work.

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Topamichi (Glenn)

There is a great article today in the Racing Post on the Palace House Stables. It is being turned into the National Racing Museum, with not only an art gallery and the modernist of museums but we also have a working stable yard on site, so people can see the history and how it all works from the inside. It has been a long time in the organising, but the builders are now fully into the swing of it and I for one, know it will revolutionize the town of Newmarket and the high street. It will be a must go to place for all visitors to the town and to anybody worldwide who has any interest in racing. We have just visited Portsmouth and went to the historic dockyard to see the Mary Rose, the Victory and other great maritime museums on site. It was a fantastic day full of interest for young and old alike and I am sure this museum in our town will be as popular.