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Monday, 14 September 2015

"There are no short cuts to any place worth going."

Beverly Sills.

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Friday: Between the Banks and below the string coming into view

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It's a damp morning and we've certainly had a bit of rain overnight although I think there have only been showers.  It looks as if the weather is going to be changeable all week and I just hope it rains where we want to have runners. The horses have been cantering on the Rubbing House polytrack and all has gone well so far.

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Humphry Repton and Mr Turner

We witnessed as good a weekend of racing as you could ever wish to see with a couple of major decisions being made by the stewards. I think in both cases the stewards have stuck by the rules and the decisions were right. If we had had the French rules then Golden Horn would have lost the race which would have been the only difference. I have been calling on this website for many years for the rules to be the same worldwide and it is only when things like this happen that they hit the headlines. What a performance by Treve and if she turns up in three weeks time in the same shape she will be unbeatable. We also saw in Air Force Blue and Emotionless two colts of the highest grade. I'm sure there will still be some others appear, but the Dewhurst and the Racing Post plus next years 2000 Guineas are starting to look exciting.

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Regal Galaxy and Permera

It was very sad to see Brown Panther pull up and subsequently having to be put down with a broken hind leg. He was a marvellous horse for all his connections, but it doesn't matter whether they are as good as he was or a low grade handicapper it is always terribly sad when these things happen.

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Singing Hinnie and Topamichi

I know this might not be of interest to many people but to all true Sheffield Wednesday fans it is a very sad day as Ron Springett passed away over the weekend. He played for England 33 times and made 345 appeances for the Owls. He was one of my schoolboy heroes in what was probably Wednesday's best ever era.