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Friday, 28 November 2014

"One’s action ought to come out of an achieved stillness. Not to be a mere rushing on."

D.H. Lawrence.

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Topaling (Sophie)

It’s a damp morning but still quite warm. We have been so lucky this year not to have had any cold weather yet, only a couple of single days of frost and it’s nearly December. I am sure we will be paying for it sometime later on. Personally I would rather have a frosty cold morning than this mild, dank stuff we have at the moment. The forecast is for it to be dry over the weekend. A good exercise with all the canterers and we timed it right this morning and missed all the heavy traffic on the heath. 

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Star Commander (Reece)

It is the first big staying chase of the winter tomorrow, with the Hennessey Gold Cup at Newbury. It will be run on very heavy ground and staying and jumping will, as normal, be the main attributes that the horses need. It is a handicap so in theory everything has a chance, and with a lot of horses in form and aimed at the race, let’s hope it turns out to be a cracker. 

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Winding their way home

It’s the big day at the foal sales today. They are dubbing it Frankel Friday with four of the great horses’ offspring coming up for sale. There has been very keen demand all week and so far the average median has stayed very similar to last year, but with the added factor of today’s sale, we could see that rise considerably. I have said before, these foal buyers are a very brave lot. There is another day tomorrow, Saturday, and then the mares on Monday. It is a fortnight where you need plenty of stamina.

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Maintaining the gallops on Bury Hills

I see Chelmsford City racecourse, the now renamed Great Leighs, is meeting local opposition in their application of a 24 hours a day license. There has got to be some catch behind the new consortiums at the track. It looks like they want to put on pop concerts, boxing matches, weddings that go on all night, and people who want to stay up watching the Melbourne Cup out in the cold in November, rather than watch it at home in the warm. Everybody wants the racecourse back as it will be good prize money, not far to go and the surface is very good, but once again the owners will be trying to get every last penny out of the track. Let’s hope the council will come down on the side of the residents and not let their lives be ruined.