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Friday, 11 July 2014

"Choices are the hinges of destiny."

Edwin Markham.

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Astrocat (Sinead)

It’s another very wet morning. In fact the rain was unbelievably heavy as we rode back in at first lot and everybody got completely soaked through. All the summer gallops were shut and we cantered on Long Hill polytrack, which as you know is 7f from the bottom of Warren Hill to the top by Warren Place.  We had a quiet walk back after exercise and it is a shame that it decided to throw it down even more. It will certainly make the ground soft here at Newmarket for the next two days.

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My Guardian Angel (Tom) and Blue Bounty (Heather)

There are already 20 non-runners at Newmarket as we speak. It just shows the stupidity of the 48 hour declarations which was forced upon us. The powers that be said they could sell our racing abroad and the prize money would improve because of it. Well I can see no improvement in the prize money and we never seem to get the figures showing how much extra income we have received. There will be so many non-runners over the weekend. In fact our Chester bound runners are very doubtful, as the ground has gone to good, good to firm this morning and neither of ours will like that and I don’t want to jar them up for the future.

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Topamichi (Glenn)

I see the outgoing chairman of the Jockey Club, Nicholas Wrigley, has passed the baton to Roger Weatheby and there is still much work to be done. The old Jockey Club may have been a little bit out of touch on occasions and struggled to move with the times, but there are several very good new young members who are now getting their act together and the business is ticking over well. The problem is, each faction fights against each other with their own corner and ideas and everyone has a different point of view. This makes for plenty of interest but suits the bookmakers, as racing is never together with one voice. I can see it all coming to a head in the next few years and we will have to wait and see as to which direction it will all go. I can only say that thank goodness for the overseas interest at the sales, which has bumped up all the prices and kept most people happy.

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Astromajor (Tom)

We will be having one runner at the weekend, all being well. My Guardian Angel runs over hurdles at Stratford on Sunday. Joe Akehurst, who rides out for us, will ride and takes a good bit of weight off him. He jumps very well and the track should suit. Let’s hope they both have a good result.