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A dry week is forecast

Monday, 15 June 2015

"There are some defeats more triumphant than victories."

Michel de Montaigne.

Astrovirtue and Bracken Brae

It’s an overcast day, but the forecast is for a dry week with plenty of sunshine. We have had a good morning so far, using Southfields Rubbing House canter which goes for about a mile, turning towards the racecourse. We then walk back on a round about route and all in all it’s a very good Monday morning exercise.

Mr Turner and Prayer Time

It is the start of Royal Ascot week tomorrow with the next five days filled with top class racing every day. The ground looks like it is going to be on the fast side and if the Clerk of the Course waters, it will be very interesting to see how the draw takes effect, if any. I think when the straight track was first re-laid there was a big bias, but as the grass has settled in it has got much fairer. We are very lucky to have a monarch who loves racing and gives our sport such a worldwide profile. Let’s hope she can have a winner this week to put the icing on the cake. I will be trying to put you straight with winners all week and having a competition with Richard Marriott. 

Exercise over and time to walk back home

I see one of our favourite stallions, Bahamian Bounty, has retired from duties at the great age of 21. He has been a marvellous horse for the National Stud and let’s hope he enjoys his retirement. Babodana, Topatoo and Berk the Jerk are all high class horses we have had sired by him. An ultra-consistent stallion, his offspring using liked a bit of give in the ground but had great temperaments and usually plenty of speed. I hope the National Stud can find a good replacement and just thinking about it, it would be a good place for this year’s Derby winner to retire to.