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It's the first day of the York Ebor meeting

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

"Children make you want to start life over."

Muhammad Ali.

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Walking down Hamilton Hill to the start of the gallop

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Heavensfield

Once again we have a carbon copy of yesterday’s weather, sunshine, a slight breeze and a perfect working temperature. Trainers are certainly like farmers as we are constantly watching the forecast. This week I want dry weather at York, it doesn’t matter on the all-weather over the weekend, but it would be nice to have some rain for Yarmouth by Tuesday, in fact a good downpour would help. After yesterday’s galloping morning we have been walking and having a very easy canter close to home. The horses all look pictures and seem in very good heart.

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Untacking Dot Green at the end of first lot

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Second lot having a steady canter

It is the start of the Ebor meeting today with the highlight being the Juddmonte International. This looks a very good race this year, but it should be with prize money just shy of £1 million. It will be interesting to see how the favourite copes with being dropped back in trip as all his winning has been done over further. This race often springs up a surprise and there may be another one this year. With sunshine on the Knavesmire, there will be a big crowd today and the atmosphere second to none. Everybody will be well turned out and well behaved. They will be there to watch the horseracing rather than the bands, which other racecourses have to use to finance themselves.

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Bracken Brae

I see the Australians don’t take kindly to any jockey celebrating after passing the post. They have just fined an Australian jockey 300 dollars after he won a race at the weekend. In Europe it doesn’t seem to bother anybody, whether it is flying dismount, waving of arms, finger wagging etc. The Australian jockey had clenched his fist and punched the air in triumph. That seems very mild to us. I thought the Aussies had a sense of humour, but maybe not.