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Yarmouth opens it gate again

Wednesday, 08 June 2016

"Childhood is a promise that is never kept."

Ken Hill.

Cantering on Hamilton Hill

Mr Turner

It was an interesting day yesterday weather wise as it was a glorious day here in Newmarket, but as I drove to Lingfield last night, I had a good hour of very heavy rain which had hit the course. As you may know after the first race on the turf the next few races were abandoned until the all-weather races later on in the evening. It was also a wet drive home and we had plenty of thunder and lightning on the stud. It is another warm sunny day today but there is the threat of thunderstorms again. Close to home cantering has been the exercise and all has gone well.

Back in the yard after first lot

We were pleased with Peeps last night who finished fourth and a couple of furlongs shorter might be the ideal. We have one runner today at the newly reopened Yarmouth. Blue Bounty runs in the 3.50, the six furlong handicap. He has run well here before and should be reasonably competitive once again. He has been ultra-consistent this year and continues in good form. 

Indian Red tracking Dixon

The ground at Yarmouth is good to firm and this is the first time we have raced on it since the debacle last year when they tried to race on the course before it was ready. The two galloping days which Yarmouth held a fortnight ago didn’t completely go off without a hitch, but with the remedial work they have now done, let’s hope it all goes smoothly today as we could do with this very good track in top shape. I just wish the prize money would increase as there are five races out of the eight today that first prize is under £3,000 and don’t forget they are getting an average of £12,000 a race media rights money.