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What a wash out for the Bank Holiday

Monday, 28 March 2016

"Know, then, whatever cheerful and serene
Supports the mind supports the body too."
John Armstrong.

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Astrosecret on Hamilton Hill

After Friday’s perfect day, we have had nothing but showers all weekend and now today we wake up to very heavy winds, driving rain and it looks set for the rest of the morning. I am told it will blow over sometime today and then the week looks reasonably good, with just a few showers. It has been a very busy morning already with staff on holiday plus a non-runner, or should I call it a non-starter, but the nucleus of staff are on top form and it is great to have James back from his holidays. We have been keeping very close to home all morning and cantering on Hamilton Hill. There have been sticks and plastic bags blowing about and I have been sheltering behind the nearest, biggest tree I can find.

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First lot over, back to the yard to dry off

I have taken Topamichi out of his race today as the ground at Huntingdon will be very much on the soft to heavy side on the clay base they have there. The Clerk of the Course has been very hard to pin down and doesn’t answer his phone, but eventually we managed to get him and he tried vainly to ensure us that the ground was soft, but very good. I don’t know who he was trying to kid, mainly himself, and I am sure there will be a lot more non-runners there today. It looks a typical bank Holiday Monday to me!

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Walking through the puddles back into the yard

I see that Cape Cross has been retired from stallion duties in Ireland. He is 22 years of age now and his fertility is on the wane. He has been a fantastic horse and in See The Stars and Golden Horn, he has had two top class horses in recent times. He will be a loss to the breeders in Ireland and to the Godolphin roster. I am sure his legacy will go on, especially through his broodmares, which have already produced top class horses including Derby hero, Australia.