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Friday, 25 March 2016

"Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life."

S.D. Gordon.

Mr Turner and Hold Firm

Topamichi with Dot Green and Permera

It’s a glorious morning with plenty of sunshine, but unfortunately I think it is the only good day we are going to have over the Easter period, if the forecast is to be believed. We did have some overnight rain which would have helped the grass at home on the stud and the boys feedback after galloping at first lot was that the flat gallop was in perfect nick.

The Guv'nor watching the horses working

We won’t be having a runner over the weekend, but maybe one on Monday at Huntingdon over hurdles and I think we will have several on the all-weather next week. With the horses in such good form, I will keep them rolling along. The start of the turf flat is always a miss fire as it doesn’t really get going until the Craven Meeting onwards.

Three generations of Tompkins with David (R), Ben (L) and Charley (C)

It is the big race meeting at Lingfield today with plenty of prize money up for grabs, full fields and there will be plenty of competitive racing. I wouldn’t put it past there being a few stewards enquiries and jockey bans because the course is very tight with the short straight and there will be a lot of jostling for room. It is a shame we have not got a horse high enough rated to run today, but there are several in the yard that are progressing well and most likely will be there next year.  There is a bit more prize money on offer in Dubai on Saturday, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the home team didn't take the majority of the prize money back with them.

Sweeping Beauty at second lot on the Hamilton Hill

I see there is a campaign launched today to protect horse and rider on the British roads. Usually this is caused by the drivers not leaving enough room between the horse and the car and going too fast past riders. This is always going to be a problem and will inevitably get worse as the car drivers don’t realise how flighty horses can be. Driving slowing by them, giving them plenty of room is the best way, but it will take a big campaign to educate the majority of the generation of drivers we have today. If they can save one life of horse or rider it will be well worth it.