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Two runners today at Epsom

Thursday, 07 July 2016

"You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk."
Louise Smith.

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Indian Red

It’s a very calm, warm, slightly muggy morning. It’s already been hectic and is starting to drive me crazy as another couple of horses have high temperatures, a two-year-old colt coughed at exercise and we have one with colic. The horses though have been out and cantered and they have all moved well and I just hope we can steer clear of whatever is in the yard getting round everybody. 

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Dixon

We have two runners tonight at Epsom. Time Down Under is our first runner in the six furlong maiden at 6.40. He was very green and quite keen on his debut at Yarmouth, but will have learnt a lot from it and I hope he runs a bit better tonight. It all depends on whether he handles the track or not which can be very daunting for two-year-olds. Our other runner is Topamichi who reappears quite quickly, but he ran well at this track last week, this trip should suit him better and he must have a chance in this contest tonight.

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Walking home after exercise

The July sales got off to a bang with a big draft from Godolphin causing quite a stir. I think the top ten lots all came from their horses. It certainly put the gross turnover up on years gone by. It is amazing how this sale has grown over the years. I can remember when there were only around 100 horses in the sale and now there is 800 or so. It always amazes me how they all find homes, but the international market is pretty strong at this time of year and that certainly helps, plus there are a lot of big investment syndicates who push the prices upwards, especially for the choice lots. Most of these will be resold in the future once put in foal to fashionable stallions and with the tax saving initiatives. It can work well if you have the money to invest in the first place. It is the start of racing also today with the July Stakes and the Prince of Wales as the highlights. The ground is drying up fast here and it will certainly be on the faster side today.

Ringmaster
Ringmaster, now affectionately known at Charlie

Here is a great picture of one of our old racehorses, Ringmaster, or as he is now known, Charlie. He is 25 years young and was a marvellous racehorse for Lady Nelson of Stafford and is now a loved horse by her daughter and granddaughter. He lives out with the alpacas and I don’t think he has had more than one night in the stable since retiring.