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Friday, 15 August 2014

"Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go."

Anon.

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Hold Firm (Jimmy Quinn) and Prayer Time (Joe Akehurst)

It’s an overcast morning after all the thunder and lightening we had here once again last evening. It has also got quite a few degrees cooler. You can always tell that when Bob the cat takes to sleeping on the hay, curled up in a tight ball. We have been across the flat this morning on the turf gallops, which are in absolutely perfect condition. It won’t be like that tonight on the racecourse though as I am sure it will be pretty sticky and holding by then. Everything moved well. The ones that have had a run have certainly improved and the ones that are just starting to get their acts together are showing ability. 

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Swilken (Farhan) and Blue Bounty (Ali)

We have one runner tonight at Newmarket. My Guardian Angel runs in 1m 2f handicap at 7.35. He is quite capable of running very well in this, if putting him best foot forward, but the ground may be just too holding for him. We will have to see.

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Bracken Brae (Joe Akehurst) Crystal Pearl (Abbie) and Lexi Grady Alice (Jimmy Quinn)

The Astley Clubs’ redevelopment is coming on a pace at present and it has been renamed The Racing Centre. We have retained Sir John Astleys name in the main bar and everybody who has very kindly donated money, has got acknowledgments for their generosity. We have installed a brand new up to date gym and physiotherapy unit, with all the modern machines and technology. It will be a tremendous asset to the whole of the industry in town, both racing and stud. There will be a grand opening in September.

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It's a hard life being a cat

I thought after yesterday’s announcement of a 6f Group 1 for three-year-olds, that we should be looking for a 7f Group 1 and then today the article by James Pyman in the Racing Post asked the same question. You have to go to France to find one of these. It is another example of how the whole pattern system should be shook up throughout Europe, although it is only England, France and Ireland who can do it. I am afraid the other countries, Germany and Italy are a long way adrift with their racing industries, and their government has very little interest.