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We are taking two runners to Yarmouth today

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

"I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine."

Fritz Perls.


It’s a bright morning once again and the temperature is rising fast. It was another 4 o’clock start for me and I have had three or four in the lunge ring before 9 o’clock as the horse walker has gone on the blink, just when I needed it. All the horses have been out and had a good two canter exercise and everybody is working well.


We have two runners today, both at Yarmouth. Sandwood Bay is our first runner at two o’clock. She has had a couple of runs and shown promise in both. This trip will be more to her liking and I am hoping she can run a sound race today. Heavensfield is our other runner in the maiden handicap at three o’clock. She was a bit keen last time and didn’t seem to handle the undulations very well, but this flatter track should suit and I am sure she will run another good race today.

Bracken Brae

It is amazing what veterinary science can do and we had a posse of vets in at six o’clock this morning to tackle one of our horses that has had a wind operation. They put all sorts of gear on him, but basically it is a camera down the throat which watches how the throat works at exercise. I am pleased to say everything is in perfect working order after the operation and they have done a brilliant job. In the old days this type of operation would have been open surgery, rather than the keyhole they use now and would have taken months to recover rather than weeks.


Talking about the walker going wrong, I phoned the engineer to request a visit as quickly as possible. He reminded me of my brother when his forklift truck went wrong. He phoned the engineer who said waggle the wires around a bit and see if that works, which it did. This time I was told to turn it off at the mains, leave it 20 minutes and it should reset itself. I will let you know tomorrow the outcome. At the moment I just want to hit it with a hammer.