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Jack Berry deserved his award

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."

Aristotle.

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Walking over to the gallops with the light just breaking through

It's another very mild day and I heard this morning it may get up to 18 degrees in East Anglia. It certainly is an amazing temperature for this time of year. We may pay for it later on as we are getting into the winter months and yet it is still like summer. We have had a good morning with everybody in, which has made for a cheerful atmosphere and everything has gone according to plan.

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Warming up before cantering

Peeps ran a very good race yesterday although she got too far behind early on and the race was run at a snail’s pace. I will be educating the jockey on how to come out of the stalls, as a good start is always invaluable. She was only beaten a neck into second and if she had been able to have been ridden how I wanted, she would have undoubtedly won, but in these apprentice races it is to be expected. We have got a massive lack of talented young jockeys who are not getting the education they should be.

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Jumping off at the start of the gallop

The tributes have been flowing in for Pat Eddery and quite rightly so as he was undoubtedly one of the best jockeys of all time. With over 4,500 winners, 11 championships and 14 British Classics, his record stands up to any in living memory. He was a natural horseman and typical of the type that Ireland produces time and time again and still continues to do so. Only Ryan Moore stands out on the British side.

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Bob surveying his surroundings

It was the Cartier Racing Awards last night with all the good and the great turning up to congratulate each other. All the expected horses won their category and it was great to see Jack Berry get a lifetime award. The one disappointment was that Trip To Paris didn’t win the staying section, which he thoroughly deserved to and would have been great for all his owners and for our sport.