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A very encouraging run

Monday, 02 February 2015

"Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself."

Tom Wilson.

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Walking back home

It’s the coldest morning of the winter so far. It is clear and bright and as the day has gone on, it has got colder. Thank goodness there is no wind or else it would be like the arctic. Everybody is in a cheerful mood though and all the horses have been out and had a good canter. The ground was quite firm approaching the canters, but once on the main drag, it was in perfect condition. The heathmen have done a great job with the walking ground, keeping them smooth, as in the past they have been very rutted when we have had a frost like today. We have started moving horses about and there will be several more coming in from the studs this week, which means we will then be up to capacity.

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Mr Turner (Reece)

We must apologise for not mentioning Legal Art’s run at Chelmsford yesterday on our weekend bulletin. It must be the first time we have forgotten this, but it was a bit hectic in the office when I was doing the site and I had got my mind on other items and just forgot to put my thoughts forward on her run. She actually ran with great credit, after slightly missing the break and running very green. She made good ground at half way and then got tired. I think there is a lot of improvement in her and it was a very encouraging run. She is by a good sire in Dutch Art, out of a mare that has bred several winners and this looks like being another one in the not too distant future. She has been late getting on a track, as she had a mishap in training last year. It required plenty of time to get over and I am so pleased just to get her out and racing.

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Astrovirtue

I went to Chelmsford City on Sunday, which was my first visit since it has started again. I could not see too much difference, other than the building that has replaced the old stand in the middle of the course. This building is in fact a very good one, with plenty of room to move about, a couple of restaurants and several bars and betting outlets. I am told the staffing levels have improved since the trial runs, and it can only improve again. The infield is still very wet and it all resembles a building site still, but let’s hope they can throw some money at it as the potential is there and I think the management want to make it a good course. A point I made was that there is no viewing whatsoever, other than the big screen and the last one and a half furlongs. I don’t know why they didn’t put a viewing area on the top of the central building, similar to the one that is at Chester, which would have given a view of the whole course. A plus point is that the prize money was good and its only 50 minutes from Newmarket.