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Friday, 13 February 2015

"The true way to render age vigorous is to prolong the youth of the mind."

Mortimer Collins.

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Comrade Bond (Yaz)

The wind has got up this morning and it feels several degrees colder than it has done all week. There is some dampness in the air, but as yet we have had no real rain. I think this is the forecast for the weekend, cold but reasonably dry. We have had a very busy morning already today, with the string all going up to the Links at first lot. Topamichi and Astrowolf have been popping over the hurdles, before doing a good bit of work on the Railway Line gallop and all the others did two good canters on the turf. It really gives the flat horses a great change to go up there and for once, they can get on a long grass strip. The two-year-olds will all be going up the hill this morning and I am delighted with how they are all progressing.

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Astrowolf (Joe) schooling over the hurdles

Astromajor ran very green last night, but you could expect that as he was drawn in stall 10 and had to get in all the kickback right from the start. He made good ground though on the turn into the straight, before just getting tired. I am sure he will improve tremendously for the race, and next time, over a bit further, we will see a different horse. He has had lots of problems along the way, which I will tell you about in later bulletins, but I would just like to say I was absolutely delighted to get him on the track. He has eaten up and is sound as a bell this morning.

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Topamichi (Frankie)

There is great news here at Newmarket racecourse, with the announcement of a Future Champions weekend on October 9th and 10th. This is all backed by Dubai and Sheikh Mohammed, who has done so much for Newmarket and is such a fantastic supporter of our sport, especially here. Two days of unbelievably good racing, on the weekend between the main Tattersalls yearling weeks of the year. They have also announced that they are very hopeful of the July Cup going back to its normal mid week slot, away from that mad Saturday when it competes with so many other tracks. It was a barmy idea in the first place, and to go back to its original slot would be marvellous. ‘If it is not broken, don’t fix it’ is the old saying and at least they are seeing that history has a way of being right. Oh for the Derby to go back to a Wednesday.

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The schooling ground on the Links

I have got the AGM of the Newmarket Trainers Federation today, at the British Racing School, and I am hoping for a good turn out as I have got the Chairman and the Chief Executive of the BHA coming up to address us. Steve Harman and Nick Rust will hopefully outline their vision for the future and then take questions from the floor. It is a great chance for everybody to meet them and to get their point of view across. I will report back on how it went next week.