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Racehorse have such a good life

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

"Positive anything is better than negative thinking."

Elbert Hubbard.

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Steve at the viewing area watching the horses

It’s a warm, dry morning and we have just had a normal, very quiet exercise on Hamilton Hill with most of the string today. A good long walk, a little trot, followed by a 4 ½ furlong canter, a good walk back, washed down and 20 minutes pick of grass in the sunshine. What a life racehorses have. All the staff and horses are in top form.

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Watching the strings cantering up Hamilton Hill

Swilken ran a little better last night, with the drop back in trip at least stopping him pulling. Although he was quiet quick away he did get into a barging match on the first bend.  Hopefully it will have done him good and his brain is starting to settle. I think 5f or 6f, back on the grass at Carlisle, Beverley or Hamilton will suit. He may also like the all-weather at Southwell. He is a most lovely horse, and I am sure I will find the key to him eventually.

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My Guardian Angel leading the canter

It is the start of the big main York meeting today, with the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes, which we won with Steenburg a few years ago, the Musidora Oaks Trial and several competitive handicaps. It’s always a fantastic meeting and with the weather forecast, everybody will really enjoy the feast of racing we have to come. It brings back memories of when we won the Duke of York, the Yorkshire Cup and the Middleton Stakes. We all strive to have horses able to run in these types of races and let’s hope that this crop of youngsters has that ability.

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Careless Rapure walking round the yard

Let’s hope the new sports minister, Tracey Crouch, can be as good a minister as Helen Grant, who was fully behind the government’s idea of a betting right as replacement for the levy. I read that she doesn’t have any great interest in horseracing, but is an FA qualified football coach. I hope the thinking behind this appointment is the right one and that the industry is not set back once again.