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Newmarket trains the winner

Monday, 08 June 2015

"You only have to do something until you want to do it, then you won’t have to do it anymore."

Leland Val Van de Wall.

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The mares and foals in the paddock at Dullingham

It’s a warm, calm morning and we have had a normal Monday morning good exercise with everything and so far without any problems. Let’s hope we get some rain this week as I have got a lot of horses fit and raring to go, but the ground needs to be on the good side at least, as if you run them on firm ground, you can jar them up and then you are set back for weeks. Patience is a major thing at this time of year, but it can get frustrating as you are dying to run them.

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David with the yearling colts

What a weekend. A very good one for Newmarket, with the first three in the Derby all trained here in town and it was great to see Frankie back on top and in an exuberant mood. It certainly meant a lot to him and after all the problems he has had, I am sure everybody in racing delights in his enjoyment. He gave the horse a very good ride, giving it time to breath and although being on the best horse, he couldn’t have ridden it better, which is more than can be said for one or two others in the race. It is very disappointing again to see the viewing figures down, but once the race moved from the BBC this was always going to happen and why we ever let our crown jewels go to a minor channel is beyond me. I have said it before and I will say it again, the people who did it should hang their heads in shame. The sooner we give the Classics, Royal Ascot, Cheltenham and Aintree back to the BBC the better, even if we give them for free for a couple of years, it will get us back and viewing figures up. And while I am in the mood, why do we have to have a jump jockey telling us about the Derby and how to ride the course. Surely for goodness we can find a flat jockey who can do that and give everybody an insight into what it is really like. I know I go on about it, but why can’t we have presenters who know what they are talking about, just like football and cricket. At least you take it from them as they have played the game and understand how it actually works, not the ones we have spouting about our sport with only a book interest rather then practical experience. It would make it much better. Clare Balding is a huge loss and should have been kept at all costs.

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Richard and Wendy Marriott with their Azamour yearling 

It was good to see an owner bred Derby winner, but it just goes to show the ups and downs of owing broodmares, as the dam was sold for 62,000 guineas in 2012 before Golden Horn had run, so the purchasers were the lottery winners. It is amazing how many times this happens and it does show you just need luck to breed these top horses and anybody can do it.

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The ducks enjoying the sun