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Very many happy returns of the day

Wednesday, 09 December 2015

"Education is the movement from darkness to light."

Allan Bloom.

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It's a dark morning

It’s a much colder morning, in fact it is the first real cold morning we have had. There was nearly a frost and the temperature has dropped as the light has come up. We have had an easy exercise with all the horses today as we had one or two that have reacted badly to the flu jab and a couple have been coughing, but so far after two lots we have only heard one cough, which all bodes well.

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Blue Bounty

I see that the Cheltenham Gold Cup has got a new sponsor in Timico who are evidently a technology group. They have quickly taken up the mantle after Betfred withdrew their sponsorship. This is a very good start, but the chief executive of the company is a jumps enthusiast. We will have to hope that there are many more business people who are capable of stepping into the shoes of the bookmakers. I see Nick Rust, the BHA chief executive, made a forthright speech at the Gimcrack dinner last night about this situation, and it will be interesting to see over the next few months how the matter plays out.

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Regal Galaxy and Astrosecret

I must mention a couple of birthdays today. My brother David and Dame Judi Dench were both born today and I wish them very many happy returns. They both have the same birthday as Andre Fabre, so it’s a good job they didn’t try and take up training in competition.