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A very happy birthday Wendy

Monday, 22 August 2016

"Every one of us has in him a continent of undiscovered character. Blessed is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul."

Anon.

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The morning sky over Newmarket

Although the temperature is 18-19 degrees this morning there is a good breeze and we have had some heavy rain showers blowing across, which will certainly help the ground. I hope it goes towards Yarmouth as we have some runners there tomorrow. With my head lad having a couple of days off, I was in the yard at 4.30 feeding the horses. I always love that time of the morning and being with the horses as you soon find out the ones that are on good form. If they are trying to eat the feed out of the bucket before you get to the manger, it is always a good sign. The exercise has been a good six furlong canter on the Rubbing House polytrack and everything has gone well so far. We could still do with a couple of full time staff and let’s hope they turn up in the near future.

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Velvet Voice

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Heavensfield

Our runners over the weekend did not sparkle to say the least and it has been a disappointing few days. Dot Green got very upset walking across the Knaivemire and had lost her race before going in to the main ring. She was in the stalls early and that didn’t help in the slightest. Horses can get very upset at this track, but at least we have found out and can do something about it in the future. It also poured with rain, which didn’t help either.

Our Saturday runners didn’t fare much better with Topalova performing very poorly once again. It could be that she just hates the all-weather, but I think there might me something more with her. She will be having a few tests done today. Mr Turner was slowly away and six furlongs is too sharp for him, but at least he ran on and beat a few and it could be that seven furlongs or a mile, held up like that with blinkers on, could see the best of him. A magnificent specimen of a horse, I still don’t believe we have seen anywhere near what he is capable of.

Peeps completely missed the break at Chelmsford on Sunday when certainly sulking in the blinkers and she will be having plenty of practice before her next outing. In fact she did remarkably well to finish where she did.

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Peeps at Chelmsford yesterday

Our diet for charity is not going too badly with all the players reporting in with their weight loss on a weekly basis. Once again there are one or two classic types, but the handicappers and the sellers have got to start improving quickly. Both charities are a fantastic cause and we want to raise as much money as possible for them both. If anybody has ever seen what Riding for the Disabled does for both children and adults, how it can change their lives and give them so much pleasure, you would understand what I am talking about. The riding school in Derbyshire, which will be our main benefactor of that charity, needs so much tack and if at all possible we can start them on their way to an indoor school so they can ride in the winter as well. So, all participants start saying no to cakes, potatoes and chips and get out walking.

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Visitors to the yard on Saturday

Everybody at Frankland Lodge and Dullingham Park Stud, and I am sure all my owners that know her, would wish Wendy Marriott a very happy birthday. I don’t know anybody that deserves it more.