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Down memory lane

Thursday, 04 September 2014

"Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience."

George-Louis de Buffon.

Humphry Repton (Farhan)

There was no fog today and it is a beautiful Newmarket morning - only being spoilt by all the traffic queueing off the A 14 where there had been an accident. It sounded horrendous on the roads this morning and as usual if you wanted to get anywhere, leave early. The horses have been exercising on Long Hill polytrack where they have cantered for seven furlong. All the lads seem to like this canter for some unknown reason. It may be that it is all up hill and the horses relax on it. A quiet walk back with a pick of grass in the sunshine also does everybody good.

Blue Bounty (Abbie)

I see that Betfred, who took over the Tote a few years ago, are increasing their minimum stake per phone call to £15. They say you can still have smaller bets on line, on mobile or in any of their shops, but this decision will alienate all the smaller stake customers like my granny, who used to love to phone up and have a couple of pounds each way on horses she fancied. It gave her hours of pleasure, and an increase like this would have put her off betting instantly. I am sure there are hundreds like her who have no idea about computers or mobile phones and will be lost to the business. I think this is a very short sighted and sad thing to have happened. We are trying to involve everybody and keep them interested in our sport not put them off. I always thought it was a terrible move to sell the Tote to a bookmaker and I am beginning to be proved right.

Topaling (Emelie)

I had a phone call several weeks ago asking me to do an article on Bob's Return winning the St.Leger. It was for a website for their "Memory Lane" spot. This website has plenty of very interesting reading and I would reccommend it to everybody. I have just read the article again myself and it brings back so many very happy memories. He was such a good horse and always gave his all.