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Desert River runs at the twilight meeting

Thursday, 11 August 2016

"Man cannot live on chocolate alone, but woman sure can."


In the trotting ring

It's  been a damp start to the morning but the forecast is for it to clear up quickly and a heatwave is on the way. This little bit of rain has been very welcome it gives the grass a drink and keeps the dust down.  Two canters close to home on the Hamilton Hill has been today's exercise and all has gone well.



One runner today at Yarmouth twilight meeting which starts at 5pm and finishes at 8. We run Desert River in the 7.05 over 7 furlongs. He let himself down last time in the stalls and let's hope he behaves himself adequately tonight. He will have a rug on and Yarmie Dyble helping out. If all goes well he should have a good chance if performing on the turf.



The fourth going article in the Post is discussing whether today's breed of horses is much softer than in previous eras. Without watering, horses had to adapt to firm ground and the turf was much thicker and lusher. In addition there were not so many meetings. The downland turf at places like Goodwood, Salisbury and the July course here at Newmarket had great bouncy coverings which cushioned any impact. Sadly nowdays the turf is mud with a bit of grass on it, and the roots go sideways. I think it is too late now to reverse the process and the spread of all weather tracks has only just started.


Gee Sixty Six

We had one of our foal inspections this morning at the stud which we do periodically to keep records and make sure everything is being done for the foals' advancement. You also watch their movement and temperament. Ours are really into a growth period at present and you need to keep a check on how the limbs are reacting. The farrier will get the print out and trim the feet accordingly.