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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

"You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present."

Jan Glidewell.

Walking to exercise

It’s a boiling hot morning, with not a cloud in the sky and no breeze, so I am sure it is going to be one of the hottest days of the year. Our boxes here at Exeter Ride are very cool, which is a godsend in this weather. They are cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This morning we have been having a good long walk and trot and then have been cantering round from the chalk pits on Bury Hill, to the highest point in Newmarket. It is a great view from the top of Bury Hill, as you look right down onto the town.

Bracken Brae (Tom)

We are having a real spring, summer clean up at the moment, with plenty of paint being splashed about and things being thrown away that are neither use or ornament. There is still plenty to do and you have to have an ordered list in the first place. We are starting to crack on with the building work and a surveyor and structural engineer are due in the yard this week. There are a few tricky points to overcome. I love building and developing though, it must be in my blood. 

Astromajor (Glenn)

It is interesting reading today about the new Jockey Club medical officer who has been appointed. He looks to have been the jockey’s second choice and if the article is right in the Racing Post, the interview system didn’t look much. There was not a second interview and it may have all been decided beforehand. But you never know these things. I wish the new man, Dr Jerry Hill, well and hope he can commit enough time to the job as well as his other positions.

Cantering up Bury Hill

There’s a very good article by Julian Muscat in the Racing Post today, which is a must read. I will just give you one line for you to ponder on “it is hard to escape the feeling that bookmakers actually run the sport”. Please read the article and you will see what he means.