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Thursday, 31 March 2016

"Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own."

William Hazlitt.

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David and Margaret Noblett watching Bracken Brae on Hamilton Hill

It’s a still morning with plenty of sunshine and not quite as cold as yesterday. I have had David and Margaret Noblett down from Scotland to see both their horses in training and their new foal on the stud. Both Bracken Brae and Gee Sixty Six have been out and gone through their paces on Hamilton Hill along with the string. All has gone well although we did have one loose one who disappeared into James Tate’s yard, but was soon caught and the rider put back on top.

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Gee Sixty Six

We were pleased with Regal Galaxy yesterday who finished third at Lingfield. She stayed on well and there is certainly hope that she will win a race or two in this sort of company later in the year. I think a mile six, two miles should suit.

We have one runner today at Wolverhampton where Peeps runs in the 5.10. We have got the worse possible draw once again in nine and I changed the blinkers for the sheepskin cheekpieces. I am hoping that Saleem can get her settled in the right position early enough and that they go a good gallop. She has been very consistent and deserves to get her head in front. It could be today, but she will need plenty of luck and the race to be run at a fast pace.

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Walking in the back gate to the yard

It’s the final part of the pattern series today and this really delves into whether the model works correctly. There is a lot of reading and a lot of thinking, but as I have said this week, I am sure the whole system needs an overhaul but it wants to be done by people who don’t have any vested interest, i.e. racecourses etc. It needs men with the calibre to think straight and to have the horse’s ability as their number one criteria. The best must race against the best and not have the ability to hide from each other once they have proved their worth in their build up races. Every racing country in the world is catching up fast, but we still have and will continue to have the best racing in the world, which all other countries and horses want to compete against. Ours is the benchmark for them to aim at.