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Friday, 27 March 2015

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

Sophocles.

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Walking home after exercise

It’s a dry morning with no wind, but the temperature hasn’t risen much and there is plenty of dew on the grass as you walk across the heath. We have had a busy morning once again, with plenty going on and as usual there is always something happening, whether it is in the yard or on the stud. We have runners both today and tomorrow, two mares are overdue and we are covering one tonight. One horsebox has gone racing and one is still having a new engine fitted. The tractor has a problem, just when you want to put fertilizer on the fields. It’s just a normal day.

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Astrowolf (Veronika)

Our runner today is Comrade Bond who runs at Lingfield in the 3 o’clock. He will like the polytrack, the trip is ok and we are hopeful of him being in the first three once again. He is a marvellous horse who retains all his enthusiasm and he is in a very happy place at present. Our runner tomorrow is at Chelmsford City, where they are putting on very good prize money. Topamichi runs in the 5.50, the 1m 2f handicap. I was tempted to run him in the 5.15, which was much more valuable, but the problem was finding a jockey to do 8 stone on a day when you have the start of the flat and the Lincoln handicap at Doncaster, plus the Dubai World Cup and an afternoon meeting at Kempton. There was no way I could find a jockey to do 8 stone, but I am very hopeful that I have found another opportunity for Tompamichi. He likes it here, is fit and in Joe Fanning, I have a top class jockey.

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The Eck, Steve Smith-Eccles on the heath

It has been interesting reading the articles this week on ‘why I love the Lincoln’. It started with my own on Monday and has gone on everyday. If only Great British Racing could get this into their heads that people do love the Lincoln and they should be promoting this, rather than the elitist jockey and owner’s championship. These historic races are unique to British Racing and we are lucky to have them. Some modern marketing would help, but the people who do it need to understand the history and how racing fans think. At the moment they are as aloof as our politicians and the BBC.

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What's Peeps saying to Jimmy?

The  above photo is of Peeps and Jimmy Quinn up at Franklands Lodge, our other yard on the Hamilton Road. I thought it might be fun for people to come up with captions as to what Peeps is saying to Jimmy. Please email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I will put the best ones up on Monday.