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I can't wait to get the two-year-olds on the track

Tuesday, 07 July 2015

"It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet."

Kojiro Tomita.

Ixchell on Hamilton Hill

It’s an overcast morning and in fact we have had a few sharp showers between 6 and 9 o’clock. They haven't made any difference to the ground though, so we have been galloping on the watered strip at first and second lot. There was a mixture of older horses and two-year-olds and everything went pretty smoothly. I can’t wait to get several of the younger ones on the track. As I am always saying though, we need some rain to even make the tracks good ground.


It’s the big July meeting here this week at Newmarket and the town is starting to fill up with the great and the good from all the worldwide racing authorities. It seems to get more popular every year and they plan their overseas trip around this meeting. I mentioned last month that the July Cup may be moving back to its historical date of mid-week and I think this should take high priority when the decisions are being made for next seasons fixtures. It is a great week though, with top class racing and it is going to conclude with the Australian sprinter trying to go one better than at Royal Ascot. It would certainly be good for international racing if he can manage it.

Careless Rapture

I see Yarmouth is not going to open now until August, as the track is not fit to race on yet. This is a surprise to nobody and I would have thought it would have been best to leave it altogether this year and give it as much time as possible to bed in. They have got plenty of tracks to transfer the fixtures to, which is what they will be doing with the Yarmouth ones up to date, and I just hope they can get it in perfect condition for next season.