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Legends of the Turf unveiled

Thursday, 10 July 2014

"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck."

Emma Goldman.

Swilken (Emilie)

It’s a very damp morning with rain during both first and second lot. It’s not cold though and the wind is not as bad as it was yesterday. I have been doing a bit of good swinging work at first lot and normal conditioning canters with the rest. There were plenty of people about on Warren Hill this morning, as you would expect with racing and the sales being on, and it will build up even more over tomorrow and Saturday.

Bracken Brae (Tom) Smile That Smile (Sophie) and Lexi Grady Alice (Heather)

It looks like both Topaling and Crystal Pearl are going to need 1m 6f to be seen at their best, as the initial quickening up with both of them at the business end of the race was lacking. I think staying will be their forte and that is the way that I am aiming them. We would like a good home for Nancy who is pretty slow, and although very well behaved at home, doesn’t seem to like being a racehorse. She would make a very good riding horse and I am sure would jump show jumps very well. If anybody would like her, please email the office on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Astrocat (Sinead) leading Peeps (Emilie)

John Berry the trainer, who is now deputy mayor of Newmarket, was in charge yesterday when they unveiled the first of six paving slabs in the Legend of the Turf walk around town. There were six yesterday and there will be three new ones every year. It will work very well with the museum, when that opens in a couple of years time, as people will then be sent on a walk to find them all. Yesterday we got Fred Archer, Sir Henry Cecil, Hyperion, Sir John Astley, Lester Piggot and Frankel. All very well deserved paving slabs. I love the painted horses a few years ago and so did most of the people in town. I don’t know why that idea was stopped, but this paving stone walk will be a permanent fixture.

Walking home first lot

There is a very good article in the Racing Post today by Steve Dennis, on the obsession we have with Saturday racing and it is a must read for everybody. Some of his comments are hilarious.