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Friday, 18 September 2015

"Pleasure and discipline need to stay close friends."

Honore de Bazac.

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Jumping off at first lot with the Newmarket stands in the background

It is overcast this morning but mild, with no wind and no rain as yet. The forecast is for heavy showers this afternoon. After the rain all the peat moss gallops are shut and we have worked on the turf across the flat. It is amazing how the Newmarket chalk land absorbs the rain and the going was perfect with a great cover of grass. I am starting to get some of the two-year-old fillies into gear now, but we still have to keep them monitored for any signs of coughing and spluttering, but, thank goodness, at the moment we have only got a couple on powders.

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Humphry Repton, Legal Art and Smile That Smile

Both the runners ran well yesterday, with Topamichi certainly running a very sound race from his bad draw. He will have needed that run to get his wind right and all being well, if we can get some of his favoured soft ground, he should be competitive next time round. Blue Bounty once again ran o.k., but his trip always baffles me and it looks like he needs 7f to be at his best. He liked the easier ground though and the boy once again gave him a good ride. We will keep bashing on with him now and he likes the all-weather so hopefully things will click with him and he can get his head in front for his very deserved owners.

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Comrade Bond leading second lot

It is the Ayr Western meeting this week and the one thing you notice straight away is the dearth of runners from down south. There are always a few, but certainly not like it used to be 10 years ago and it must be disappointing for the Ayr executive that this is the case. Everybody used to love going to Ayr for the three day meeting and there was plenty of fun had, both on and off the racecourse, but with the costs now of both transport and expenses, it is so expensive to move horses about. They will only go if nearly assured of a payday. We have also now got Newbury and Newmarket, who have high class races on their cards and are much cheaper for the Lambourn and Newmarket trainers to compete at. When the BHA are looking at the race planning, these weekends should be looked at and tried to be sorted out. The public who go racing deserve to see the top horses and jockeys on these days, but the majority of the top boys will be in the south. My each way tip for the Ayr Gold Cup is Tanzeel.

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Keeping trainers informed of the open gallops

Angie has completed the weaning of the second bunch of mares and foals and we have now got only one mare in with the weaned foals. She had a bit of a problem and has had to have some time in the box, so we have given her a bit longer with her foal and the foal can have more time to make friends with her contemporaries. It won’t be long before we do the last bunch and then it will be time for the yearlings to come in, mares to be tested in foal and the whole cycle starts again. It does come round quickly, but is that because we are all getting older?

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Some of the weaned mares: Lady Bellatrix, Trew Class, Tenpence and below Astromagick

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