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Thursday, 04 June 2015

"Angels are never too distant to hear you."

Anon.

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Astromajor

It’s a perfect morning, warm, bright and no wind. Everybody is in good form, both horses and humans and so they should be on a day like this. It is a pleasure to ride out on good healthy horses in such a great environment. On days like this you soon forget the wet, windy winter mornings when you come in soaked through and take all day to dry out and warm up. We have been cantering on racecourse side and all has gone like clockwork.

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Cantering on Hamilton Hill

The Derby is beginning to take shape and Dermot Welds Zawraq looks like he will make the line-up and if he does he must be one of those with a good chance. Stop press: we have just seen the declarations and he has not been declared. The final declarations are out and there are 12 runners going to the post for the Classic. The ground will be a big feature, as horses have got to stay and there are a lot of ones with question marks about the ability to do so. My one against the field is Success Days who I would love to see run well for Ken Condon. We will soon roll over then to Royal Ascot, which is always the highlight of the flat racing year. 

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Enjoying a nice pick of grass

I see there were a lot of complaints about Chepstow and the concert they had after racing on Saturday. There were fights and allegations of drug taking and with a crowd of 12,000, mostly going to see the pop group, UB40, I think the normal racegoers will be giving it a miss next time. I know these crowds pay for the tracks to keep viable, but the concert goers would turn up without the racing and I can’t for the life of me see why it shouldn’t stand on its own, rather than cause havoc with the horses and normal industry professionals. I am sure there will be more complaints as the year goes on. I am told Chelmsford City had 8,000 there last night to see Madness and I am sure that is what it was as they are not organised for that number of people.

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Qilin

Thank you to Sharon Goddard, one of our long standing and loyal owners, for sending us a photograph of Qilin who she has as a companion for one of her horses. Qilin was a marvellous racehorse and good broodmare and when we retired her, we were delighted to find such a fantastic home. She was always one of Angie’s favourites and she is delighted to see her so very happy. We will try and make a visit shortly.