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All have settled in well

Tuesday, 03 February 2015

"When snow falls, nature listens."

Antoinette van Kleeff.

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It's a snowy start to the day

A good covering of snow welcomed me this morning when I opened the curtains at 5.10 and we have had a few more flurries as the morning has gone on. This looks the pattern for the week; with the wind from the north it’s blowing the snow in from off the North Sea. First lot went to the Al Bahathri via the Town Canter and did some fast work on what was snow covered ground, but very good ground. The rest have been either on Warren Hill, in the indoor ride or on the walker. 

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It's business as usual

We are getting four more horses in today from the stud and our new interim yard on the Hamilton Road, is beginning to fill up fast. I will get some photos this week and you can see what it looks like. The horses so far have settled in well and with the walker, a lunge pit and very close proximity to Hamilton Hill canter, we can get them going quickly with all sorts of work. As I have said before, it may do one or two of the old ones good to have a change of scenery, away from Bury Side.

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Astromajor (Jimmy Quinn)

I see Kylie Minogue is the headline act this year for the Newmarket Nights programme on the July course. It is the Friday of Royal Ascot and will be a complete sell out, with people with no interest in racing, just coming to see a superstar singer. These nights generate a lot of money for the Jockey Club, who invest all their profits back into the sport, whether it’s improvements on the racecourses and training grounds, or prize money. I am not sure how many new race goers we attract with this sort of entertainment, but at least they will come to the racecourse and may get bitten by the bug. I am sure we will have a lot of young race goers that night.

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Sweeping Beauty (Frankie)

We still have no foals, but the mares are getting much nearer and I am sure by the end of the week I will be bringing you some news. We always think the full moon is a time when the mares will foal. It may be an old superstition, but it is amazing how many times it works. The next full moon is February 14th, Valentines day, so we will have to wait and see what happens.