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Will the big clash happen?

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride."

John F. Kennedy.


It’s a mixed morning with plenty of sunshine interspersed with big black clouds, but there is no rain forecast today until much later on. So far so good this morning. Three lots already out and cantered and we now only have a few more to go out to do an easy exercise.


The vet was in after second lot and scoped six horses. Of the six, four looked very good but two were still a bit cloudy on the wash. The wash will now go to the vet laboratory’s where they will try and grow cultures and in 48 hours we will know the results. We have not had any coughing this morning, but it still goes to show that they can look alright on the outside, but on the inside they have infection. The vet reliably informs me that most of the yards that have had similar viruses, have had the odd one or two that has needed a more severe antibiotic. I picked a cross section of the horses this morning and I think we are definitely on the right track, but will still have to keep them well monitored as we go forward.

Passing others on the way back to the yard

It has rained again at York overnight and the ground is now good to soft, which I would think will rule out the big clash between Gleneagles and Golden Horn. You never know though and once the O’Brien’s have walked the course they may change their minds, but I would think it would be very much on the doubtful side. It will be disappointing for the big crowds, but in this day and age of stallions an unbeaten record is worth preserving. It would be a very good race anyway with the Grey Gatsby and Time Test, who may give the favourite something to think about.