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Tuesday, 04 November 2014

"He who angers you conquers you."

Elizabeth Kenny.

Astrowolf (Reece)

After yesterday's rain, it's a dry morning with no wind. The Heath has been very busy at first lot with horses everywhere especially using Warren Hill's two polytracks. I think this is because we have started refurbishing two of the all-weathers and everybody is concentrated into the area which is open. I have had a real mixture this morning with some horses using Bury Hills, some have gone up the Long Hill polytrack and another group using Warren Hill and then going round Side Hill. I have been darting about like a mad man trying to keep up. 

Prayer Time (Ali) in the indoor school

What a race the Melbourne Cup was again, with well over 100,000 crammed into Flemington. They witnessed a great ride from Ryan Moore on the German trained Protectionist who came from the back half of the field to sweep through to a very easy victory. Our Newmarket trained Red Cadeaux again proving best of the British challenge to finish second for the third time. We also finished fifth with Godolphin's Willing Foe. This race certainly stops a nation and if only we could replicate it in Britain it would do so much for our sport. I am sure the Australian press will be crying for more restrictions on overseas runners after this, but as with the Australian Tennis Open a few weeks time in Melbourne, it wouldn't be the same if that was restricted to just Australian players. This race is what international racing is all about and it should attract the top staying horses worldwide.

Darren steaming the hay

At the moment we are feeding hay that comes from Italy which is absolutely top class and the horses love it. Every bale goes through our hay steaming process as you can see from the picture. This is done at a high temperature and kills off any nasties that may be there.