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It's still trying to snow

Thursday, 05 February 2015

"A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition."

William Arthur Ward.

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The horses looking out over Frankland Lodge

It really was blizzard conditions driving in this morning, as the snow was coming down so fast. It only settled on the higher ground though, which to us was the top of Warren Hill and on the stud. It is now still trying to snow in the yard, but it is wet mushy stuff and not settling. The morning is damp and cold, but thank goodness, once again there is no wind. It has been a normal morning in the yard, with cantering on Bury Side and the indoor ride.

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The walker is a very big help

We have one runner tonight, in one of these dreadful twilight meetings, at Chelmsford City. Topamichi runs in the 7.40, a 1m 2f handicap. This looks a very competitive contest and any of the six runners must have a chance. Whether he will take to the surface or not is debateable, but the ground over hurdles is much too heavy for him at present and I am keeping him ticking over on the flat. Let’s hope he can run with credit once again.

I see there was a very disappointing turnout at Chelmsford yesterday, with only 300 paying customers and the field sizes were down. The prize money was still ok though, but I think the surface is beginning to worry a few people. It definitely is nothing like it was originally, but it couldn’t possible be after six years of being dormant. As for the customers, it was competing with Kempton, who I am sure only had about as many. Most people are working anyway and there are only so many retired racing fans that can go. It would be interesting to see how many there will be tonight in this in between meeting.

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Steve with Astrovalour

I see Cheltenham have vowed to tackle the so called problem of under age gambling, where evidently nine bookmakers allowed 16 and 17 year olds to place a bet without challenging them or seeking verification. How anybody is expected to know how old these people are now is beyond me, as they all look older nowadays. When you are taking a bet on a cold, wet day and there is a queue, you aren’t going to ask to see a passport or driving licence. It is one thing having a bouncer outside a nightclub checking people in the queue, but certainly very hard when someone is trying to have a bet. Mind you I think it is great if young people do have a £1 or 50p e/w bet, it teaches them to win or lose, which is a good thing to learn at an early age.