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One runner today at Pontefract

Thursday, 24 September 2015

"Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire."

François VI de la Rochefoucault.

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A wet, overcast morning on Racecourse Side

It’s a wet start to the morning, in fact a very wet start to the morning with heavy downpours at frequent intervals. You can soon get caught out if you don’t have the right coat on, as I did at first lot. We used Southfields round at first lot and at second lot a few did some faster work Across the Flat on the turf. It is not much fun on these mornings when you are getting soaked, but the lads are all in good spirits, even if their reins were slippery.

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Jack Carter leading Humphry Repton

We have one runner today at Pontefract where they have an eight race card. Instead of starting earlier, which would be sensible, they have put the last race back to ten past six, which to my mind is stupid. When races are split, which they will be quite often at this time of year, it must be sensible to start earlier rather than later. It is simple thinking but as usual if it is not complicated, it’s not liked. Our runner, Dot Green, is a little bit up against it today with runners from all the big yards taking part that have form and four colts who have Group 1 entries in the future. Saying that, she is a nice filly who has done nothing but please me and this run will be good for her for the future.

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Mr Turner

There are two great articles today in the Racing Post which must be read, one by the very sensible Colin Russell on the whip situation. He obviously thinks like I do that if the rules are broken, the horse should be put behind the horse that hasn’t broken the rules. Another rule that is so simple and obvious but it seems to be that unless it is complicated and open to interpretation, the BHA doesn’t like it. And the other article was a great one by Alastair Down on Julie Cecil, which gets to the heart of one of the kindest and most special ladies you could ever wish to meet. She is a true friend to so many of us in Newmarket and it is a lovely piece.

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Polo's in hand, the Guv'nor checking legs at evening stables