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Monday, 08 August 2016

"Courage is knowing what not to fear."

Plato.

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Trotting before exercise

It's a clear morning but with a very cool breeze. It doesn't look as if we shall get much rain this week and most tracks will dry up very quickly if the wind continues. We have been using the Rubbing House polytrack for most of our exercise this morning and all has gone reasonably well.

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Topamichi

There is a sequence of articles this week in the Racing Post on one of all trainers favourite topics, the ground at racetracks. There will be several opinions and explanations about how the ground is produced and what difficulties the clerk of the courses have getting it right. From the trainers point of view it's the 48  hour declarations we have to do which develops into a guessing game and you're lucky if you get it right. A great example of this is Windsor today where we entered on "Good to soft, soft in places" and now it's "Good to firm". It's very frustrating for all concerned and costly to the owners. I suppose this is where all- weather racing has the advantage as we all know what the ground is on those tracks. Watering has certainly altered many of the tracks over the years and made them far more undulating. In addition more and more racing has resulted in more and more wear and tear to the grass surfaces. We seem to spend our lives looking at the weather forecast screens and hoping we get it right.

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Taking off from the pond at the stud

I must say a big thank you to the Anglian Water Board or at least one of their operatives, who came to our rescue when we couldn't find where to turn off one of the mains for some of the stud water troughs and yard. We had a burst pipe in a field which we couldn't mend with the water on, and could we find the mains point, no we couldn't. Neither could the expert for a while until we had his metal detector working. It was right under a hedge and not seen nor used for over twenty years, and so properly overgrown. The water board man was brilliant and we were soon turned off, mended and back on again.