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What a wet, dank day

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

"He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began."

Leo Tolstoy.

31_Regal
Regal Galaxy

It’s been a wet night and as we write this at 9.30, the rain is bouncing off the top of the hut and it looks set for at least another hour. The forecast is for it to get a lot warmer as the day progresses, but at this rate I think we are very unlikely to see the sun today. We have a full complement of staff in this morning and we have been using Southfield Round for good long swinging canters. All has gone well so far.

49_Missouri
Sir Percy ex Missouri

We took Prayer Time to Windsor yesterday with the intention of running, but it never stopped raining. Although the Clerk of the Course didn’t change the ground, it was very very soft and it is not worth dragging the life out of a horse on very heavy ground, so I withdrew him and brought him home. It costs everybody with the transport and expenses, but in the long run it is much better for all parties. It is the start of the Craven today, and they have changed the ground this morning to good to soft and it will be interesting to see how it actually does ride this afternoon. There may be lots of bubbles burst and disappointed connections today, but the ground can play an important part and it is a notoriously hard meeting to find winners.

71_Sing_Me
Sing Me Sing Me

I had an email round from one of the trainer’s representatives yesterday trying to draw support to attack the council about the road crossings in Newmarket, which apart from a few traffic lights that nobody seems to take notice of, are very poorly marked in the town. There seems to be more and more traffic nowadays and the impatience of drivers has got worse and worse over the years. This has been compounded by the number of traffic lights we have normally which hold all the traffic up, so people do get very frustrated and it is only a matter of time before a bad accident happens once again. The other problem with Newmarket is that it is half in Cambridgeshire and half in Suffolk, so both traffic authorities have to be contacted. If anybody has had anything to do with local government they will understand what a nightmare it all is. I have always advocated flashing signs and speed awareness signs (which always slow me down) in Newmarket. They are used everywhere else, but don’t ever seem to get the green light in our town. I will be supporting the appeal to get these crossings better managed and let’s hope for once we can get somewhere. The council get a considerable amount of money when any new building is done and the Maltings is just being finished along the Fordham Road, which is one of the busiest crossings we have. Surely with the increasing traffic this building work will create, the council should add on for traffic improvements.