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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

"May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,

May good luck pursue you each morning and night."

 Irish Blessing.

Cantering on Hamilton Hill

It’s a very wet morning with steady, heavy rain. The exercise for today has been a good trot and then a canter on Hamilton Hill, which is very close to the yard. We have got a busy morning with horses in the sales as well as moving some yearlings into the yard and then helping the stud move this year’s weanlings across to a different part of the stud. This combined with all the other everyday jobs of a racing stable just makes for a very busy morning where you need to be organised and everybody needs to know their job.

It's a very wet morning at Frankland Lodge

Our runners yesterday were mixed with Careless Rapture running reasonable well in a hottish maiden. She will be perfectly ok next year over a distance of ground. Topamichi bounced back from his poor run at Nottingham, although he didn’t get the best of runs, but will soon be back in the winner’s enclosure on this form. It’s a similar thing for Bracken Brae who again didn’t get the clearest of runs either and then proceeded to go up the inside, which is much the slower ground. Both Topamichi and Bracken Brae will be winning soon, I can assure you of that.

Heavensfield looking out into the rain

At last the Racecourse Association have agreed to sign the tripartite agreement with the BHA and the Horsemen’s Group. This should help greatly in giving the sport one united voice and let’s hope this contract holds, but as you know sometimes it is not worth the paper it is written on. It is also good to see Musselburgh joining the big racecourse groups against the sponsorship agreement with the bookmakers. If they don’t pay their fair share, they will not be allowed to sponsor.

Bob the cat looking for somewhere dry to hide

I don’t wish to crow too much but if anybody was watching the Sheffield Wednesday vs Arsenal match last night, or has heard the score this morning, they will know it was a great night at Hillsborough with the Owls coming out 3-0 victors. It is a shame Phil is not in the office anymore as I would really have been able to crow to him, but Ian has been magnanimous in defeat. Wembley here we come.