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Monday, 04 August 2014

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

William James.

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         Completed stables                Walking into her new home           Three new residents

It’s a warm morning and we certainly haven’t had the rain that was forecast. I think it went up the west and towards Scotland, rather than the east side of the country. I am told we should be getting some from Wednesday onwards but once again it is hope rather than reality where the going is concerned. We have been using Side Hill polytrack and Warren Hill Mactrac this morning and we have been lucky in avoiding most of the heavy traffic as everybody was trying to use the same piece of ground all at once.

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Walking between canters

Our new stables are open for business and the first occupant was Astrodiamond, followed swiftly by Sant’Elia and Toparali on Saturday morning. I asked Darren and Steve how they had settled in and they said all they wanted to do was eat. They went straight into their feed pots and hay pile, which is always a good sign. I can’t wait to get on with the next stage but I think we will have to wait for the autumn as it will be a bit disruptive in the yard with a digger in. The first job is to enlarge the entrance way and put a gate on the outside of the property. I have got all the surveyors, architects and builders lined up and work is going on behind the scene as we speak.

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A busy morning on the heath

I don’t know what anybody else thinks about drug taking and people who do deliberate things to shame their sport, but my opinion is that all drug takers who do it to win, once caught, need banning for life. Any jockey who is caught stopping a horse deliberately should be the same. It has ruined athletics. We see previous drug takers coming back into the sport after a very short length of time and they are still winning and earning big amounts of money. I feel it is the only way that sport can be cleaned up and give the public full confidence in what is going on. If we go down the line of only small bans or letting people back in, it will taint the whole industry. We need people with strength and determination at the top to see this through.