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Monday, 16 November 2015

"Love touches the soul and awakens a desire so powerful that even the most vigilant heart is lured by its radiance."

Jamie Lynn Morris.

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Hold Firm on the Hamilton Hill

It’s a calm morning so far but with bands of rain forecast for the whole week and although it is very mild at present, I am told winter will be arriving by next weekend. We have been very lucky so far and we are nearly into December without any really cold weather. We have been cantering on Hamilton Hill this morning and there has been plenty of excitement with quite a few loose ones from various strings, including our own, but it is what invariable happens on a Monday after they have had a day in on Sunday. It is just freshness and exuberance which make the horses jump and kick and the riders are caught unawares. There was no harm done to anybody as far as I can see, which is always good news.

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Topalova

We have one runner today although I hoped it was going to be two as Topamichi got balloted out of the last at Leicester. It should mean he will get into most novice hurdles now. Bracken Brae runs in the first at 12.45, the two mile three-year-old fillies’ novice hurdle. She has schooled two or three times and jumps well. Her flat form has been good of late and I am hoping for a positive show today. The only thought I have is whether she will handle the soft winter ground which we would never even canter on as the gallops are shut at Newmarket if it gets this soft.

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The sky over Newmarket this morning

It is the start of the main foal sales today, with Goffs in Ireland on all week. There are so many foals being sold this year, both in Ireland and in the December sales, that there is a massive choice for everybody. We are getting into the position where over production will soon come into play if the BHA don’t do anything about the prize money situation to encourage owners to buy horses. The pinhookers will be their usual fearless selves but I am sure will be much more selective with their choice of sires and pedigrees. You can sometimes get very lucky when a pedigree suddenly improves and there are always good luck stories like that around.