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It was a foggy start to the day

Tuesday, 02 September 2014

"I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day."

Abraham Lincoln.

First lot in the mist and fog

It was a very misty and foggy morning, which meant I couldn’t see a lot of what was happening as the horses galloped across the flat at first lot. They emerged from the fog in the last 50-60 yards and even the camera wouldn’t focus, it was that bad. However, I am told everything went according to plan during the gallop and they certainly finished well as they whizzed by me. The sun has burnt the fog off during the morning, and cantering second lot on the Limekilns and Bury Hill was performed in glorious weather, which looks set fair for the next few days.

Second lot and the fog has lifted

“Gone to the Dogs” is the headlines on the front of the Racing Post this morning, with the announcement that Towcester racecourse has sold 7 of its 17 fixtures to the Arc group, for a considerable amount of money. They will be staging 156 days of greyhound racing instead. You can only view this development with utter dismay, as Towcester is one of those county tracks, well supported and liked by the professionals. With the loss of Warwick, and the Newcastle debate still going on, we don’t seem to have any leadership whatsoever. In fact we don’t hear anything; it is just silence from our leaders. What are they thinking? What is their plan? Have they got one? These are the questions we need answering or we will soon be a completely different profession.

Cantering in the sun

The second lot of weaning is starting today on the stud, with Battery Power’s Azamour foal and Missouri’s Sir Percy foal being the first two from that paddock. We take them out in a slow rotation and let them settle into their groups. This always seems to work very well.