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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

"Change your thoughts and you change your world."

Norman Vincent Peale.

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Bracken Brae leading Toparali

There is plenty of cloud cover at the present time and with the breeze, you certainly need a coat to keep warm. The forecast is for two days of very warm weather and then some heavy showers at the weekend. I have been working some horses on the watered gallop, which was in perfect condition this morning, and everything went very smoothly.

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Cantering in pairs

Our two runners yesterday were disappointing. Swilken I don’t think has a trip, but I may try the old horseman’s proverb of ‘before getting rid of them always try them over a completely different trip’ so he may have one run over 2 miles before going to the sales. Topaling I think I left a bit short of work as she has a mind of her own and only does what she fancies. She had a good blow last night and I won’t be long before I get her out once again.

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Leading the horses back to the yard after exercise

I see the BHA has given Newcastle the green light to build an all-weather track, which means pulling up the whole of the turf course and installing a new Tapeta surface. There will be a lot of mixed feeling about this and although several trainers in the north agree with it, let’s hope it is not the start of a major trend and more courses put in all-weathers. We do not want to go down the line of American racing as that is so very boring. We have always prided ourselves in Great Britain of having a variety of tracks and have predominately been on turf. Everybody wants to buy our bloodstock, but if we start to go down the all-weather surface line the world will become a universal place. Let’s hope the BHA has got proper prize money agreements in place on the new track and everybody is not running for peanuts once again.