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Thursday, 15 October 2015

"You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present."

Jan Glidewell.

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The red sky we were greeted with this morning

A big red sky greeted us this morning as we arrived on Southfields cantering ground. There is no wind and as we write this, the sun is really starting to get up. It is a good job there is no wind as it would make it much colder, but as least it is dry and we only had a very fleeting showers yesterday. We have been mainly cantering on Southfields round and the Rubbing House polytrack. A full complement of staff are in and things are going well.

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Warming up in the trotting ring at first lot

Book 2 of the yearling sales finished yesterday and we move onto book 3 today and it will be fascinating to see how this part of the sale holds up. There were many more horses in October 2 after last year’s record breaking sale and consequently the average and the median was down on them all. It was still very hard to buy a nice horse as the big brigades are still buying horses through various sources. I am sure there are a lot of horses not sold that were actually knocked down in the ring. We bought a cracking Lawman colt, a half-brother to Romsdal who has been a good horse for John Gosden. He has settled in well and we will start the breaking process after he has had a week or two on the quiet list. These young horses are all under pressure to sell and are in sales prep for 8 to 10 weeks and then you have your moment in the spotlight and the three minutes of fame.

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Singing Hinnie

For those of you who remember Theola, who was a cracking filly for us winning the Cesarewitch Trial at Newmarket and would have had a great chance in the Cesarewitch itself but for having a problem which meant she was retired to stud, her first foal won yesterday at Saint-Cloud in a mile and a quarter maiden. The gelding is by Azamour and will certainly stay further. It is great to see our old horses producing the goods and Des and Mariann of Swordlestown Little are very proud, and so they should be.

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Humphry Repton leading the way

I see I must be before my time as there is a special report today in Racing Post about creating a European Triple Crown. The dates are the major problem as there will always be a reason why not to move one or the other to give enough time between them for horses to recover. I think there is very little chat between nations when festivals came to pass, and it is only now that thinking has started. Let’s hope they can get it sorted out to everybody’s satisfaction.