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It's a foggy start to the week

Monday, 02 November 2015

"Sometimes the shortest distance between two points is a winding path walked arm in arm."

 Robert Brault.

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Walking in the fog

It’s a damp foggy morning with no wind and it looks like staying this way most of the morning. It’s not cold though so that’s one good thing. There has been a crash on the A14 overnight and as usual the police have taken forever to clear it up. It is still shut and consequently the town and surrounding area is gridlocked. It’s been happening very frequently lately and with Newmarket only having one road through it, just like a cowboy town, it gets frustrating for everybody. It took Di two and a half hours to get in this morning and it usually only takes her 10 – 15 minutes. Our exercise has been cantering on Southfields on racecourse side and apart from one little blip, all has gone well. We are continuing to break the new yearlings and sorting out the ones that are going to run over hurdles and keep going on the flat this winter.

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Warming up in the trotting ring

The levy talks broke down at the weekend and now the decision has been passed onto the government. It is great to see racing actually making a stand and let’s hope we can win this one as the money generated from our sport needs to go to the right people, the owners, who keep everybody going. There will be a lot of politics and posturing by all sides over the next few years and a decision that suits all parties will be hard to find, but as I have said before, it has been one way traffic for the last 30 years and now it needs to reverse in racing's direction.

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Bracken Brae and Peeps

I was very happy with Ixchell at Newmarket, who although not liking the very soft ground, behaved very well in the preliminaries and we will be giving her another run on the all-weather towards the end of the month.

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Blue Bounty

The Breeders’ Cup weekend was very good viewing, although you could only see it on At The Races. It was entwined with Wolverhampton, which seemed to me a silly way of doing it. A programme just on Kentucky would have been perfect, but you could see all the races and you could see what was happening with the British horses on the very poor turf track they were asked to compete on. Golden Horn got bogged down obviously, but Found was a deserved winner as she has had very little luck this season and what a jockey Ryan Moore is. He then flew back overnight to ride a group winner in France, before jumping on a plane to get to Australia for tomorrow mornings Melbourne Cup. I wouldn’t rule him out riding that winner either. It was great to see at long last that Trip To Paris and his syndicate of owners were given some press in the Racing Post today. Let’s hope the horse runs a big race and they can have a great shout. I am sure they will all be thoroughly enjoying the whole party atmosphere that surrounds the cup.