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Another fantastic Royal Ascot is over

Monday, 22 June 2015

"Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear."

Anon.

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Toparali and Bracken Brae out at exercise and below walking back into the yard

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It’s a bright morning with no wind. We are forecast a good week with just a few occasional showers and it is driving me bonkers as the ground is so firm everywhere. It’s all guess work when you are entering horses to run at the six day stage and the costs soon mount up. We have got so many fit and ready to go and all we need is some good ground. I am sure it will come though. Cantering on the Rubbing House polytrack has been the exercise at first and second lot and all has gone well so far.

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Singing Hinnie

It was a marvellous Royal Ascot when the whole week seemed to go off like clockwork with great racing, close finishes and plenty of stories. I am not sure of the viewing figures, which have been slow in being released. I think tomorrow Channel 4 are going to publish them. They will make interesting reading, but you know my thoughts and the quicker we are back on the BBC the better. Our tipping competition went right to the end, but as normal skill and expertise shone through. Not wishing to blow my trumpet too highly, but it was a 12 length victory, on the bridle. It was great fun though and flowed both ways. We may try and do it at Glorious Goodwood next. The final results were Richard minus £106.25 and MHT plus £29.08, which is pretty amazing after five days racing.

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Careless Rapture

There’s an interesting article in the Racing Post today on the old Birmingham Racecourse, which closed 50 years ago. I can only just remember it, along with Manchester, which closed a few years later. Housing estates have been built on both tracks and I am sure there will be a few more of today’s tracks going the same way if we continue along the financial route we are on. We have lost Folkestone and Hereford in the last few years and we don’t want to lose too many more. There are plenty of racetracks in the USA closing and it seems to me that the sport is losing some appeal, especially to the newspaper editors and the TV companies. We don’t want to go the same way as show jumping.