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A very busy day is in store

Thursday, 09 July 2015

"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist."

Oscar Wilde.

The horses out at exercise

It’s a bright day and a very busy one. We have four runners today at Carlisle and Doncaster, horses moving up to the sales for tomorrow, the normal exercise morning, and quite a few visitors as well. Everybody has been working really well and although we are a bit thin on the ground in the yard, all has gone pretty smoothly so far.

Careless Rapture

Our four runners are firstly at Doncaster, where unfortunately, or as normal, the ground has changed since yesterday. It’s now good, good to firm in places. We run Comrade Bond in the first, the 7f handicap. He would have liked it as least good, but he is drawn well in 15 and I am hoping he can let himself down on this ground. Our other runner is Humphry Repton in the 3.25, the 6f maiden. He has had all sorts of little hold ups, through no fault of his own, but all the runners will be playing catch-up to the Charlie Hills horse that has got good Group race form. He will improve for the run though and is another who will appreciate softer ground, like his mother did.

At Carlisle the ground is good, but will be drying out. Legal Art is our first runner there at 3.35, where she makes her debut on turf. I am hoping she can make the frame and there is still plenty of improvement to come from her. Our last runner is in the 5.20 and this race just goes to show why we need more of these 1m 6f staying races for three-year-olds. There are two other runners from Newmarket, one from Hughie Morrison, and one from Clive Cox from Lambourn as this is the only race for these types of horses on good ground that there is. If only the racecourses would put on more of these types of races as it would help a lot. Bracken Brae has improved each time she has run and I believe she will improve again for this step up in trip, but this is a hugely competitive contest for the money and I expect at least eight future winners to come out of this race. We would not be taking each other on if there were other opportunities and it just shows the point I am trying to make.


Last year Newmarket Town Council started a Legend of the Turf walk in Newmarket high street, with plaques in the ground to commemorate our famous horses  and personalities from the present and the future. Yesterday they revealed a few new ones, including Frankie Detorri, who has been in Newmarket for 30 years. It is quiet an interesting thing to do, to walk round and find each stone. I am sure it will become even more popular when the new museum opens next year.