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It is really quite cold this morning

Thursday, 19 March 2015

"The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities."

Sophocles.

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Cantering up Long Hill grass

It’s an overcast morning and is pretty cold when out on the heath, as there is a breeze coming from all directions. It was very hard to get out of it, even when behind the wood on Long Hill. Most of the horses have been up Long Hill grass this morning, which is only open at this time of the year bacause they are refurbishing the polytrack on the same hill. This canter is riding really well, with a good cover of grass. The feedback from everybody using it, is that we should try and get the powers that be to open it again at this time of year in the future, as it is a very useful canter.

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Medicean ex Astrodonna (Joe)

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, actually said in his speech yesterday that 'the government will bring forward legislative proposals to replace the levy, with a new Horseracing Betting Right and it will apply to all bookmakers wherever there are located'. This statement is supported by all parties and will be put to parliament by whoever wins the next election. Needless to say the bookmakers are up in arms and state it will take years for it to pass through all the hoops, which they will be putting in its way. They have had it their way for the last 50 years and it’s about time we got our industry properly funded. We are living in the dark ages and have been hoodwinked by the bookmakers for too long, especially now most people bet on their phones and computers. It will be interesting to see what happens from now on.

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Astrowolf (Veronika)

There’s a big article today in the Racing Post, on what is wrong with the surface at Chelmsford City. There is very little wrong with the surface that a good new wax mixture would not help. I think the price of it is the only thing that is off-putting, as we know from our tracks here in Newmarket, it is an unbelievably expensive material and the manufactures have you over a bit of a barrel. It needs doing though and they will have to bite the bullet and get it done, sooner rather than later.