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The yearlings are settling in well

Thursday, 29 October 2015

"Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future."

Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Topamichi leading the way

At the moment it is blue sky and a mild morning. The forecast is for a band of rain to sweep across the country, but we may only get the tail end of it as it looks to be going more towards the north of the country. A normal cantering morning with all going well so far and the new yearlings, which came in yesterday, have started to go on the walker and get used to the daily routine. There is always plenty of neighing when they first come in as it is just like going away to school for the first time, but they will soon get into the routine and they really take to their new life very quickly and enjoy it.

Dot Green and Careless Rapture in the yard

I see most of the European challengers are going to be drug free for the Breeders’ Cup, although one or two are going to use Lasix, which is a drug that stops horses bleeding internally. The majority of American horses would be trained and run on Lasix, but it is not good for the long term of the breed as it masks so many problems. This is another area of worldwide horse authority’s which would be very good to be unified.

Out at second lot

I see the BHA board has decided to make two temporary members permanent. This may be a good thing as most of the board have very little knowledge of the industry and the two members that have been co-opted have at least some knowledge. Time is beginning to catch up on this board and we need to be seeing some of the objectives they promoted coming to fruition. 

Bracken Brae watching what Becky the farrier is doing

It’s the last day of the horses in training sale today which has always been a mammoth event. It is plagued by a lot of withdrawals and the biggest prices have been those to go and race abroad. Thank goodness there is still a huge demand for our horses in many countries as it keeps the whole thing ticking over. We sold a couple yesterday and it is always sad to see them go, but they both went to good homes and will continue their careers.