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Monday, 29 August 2016

"True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason."

Alfred North Whitehead.

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14 gliders using the thermals over Newmarket

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Velvet Voice and Permera on Hamilton Hill

It was a mixed weekend weather wise. It’s been close once again with very warm sunshine and a scattering of heavy showers. The best one was last night, when around 9 o’clock it threw it down for half an hour, which has given the grass and the flowers a good drink. The forecast is set fair though, with a lot of warm weather. It’s been a busy start to the week and we have been a bit down on staff, so I am once again feeding this week, which means a 4 a.m. start for me. I love that time of the morning though and the horses greet you when you start feeding as if you are a long lost friend. We have been cantering on the Rubbing House polytrack and Hamilton Hill. All has gone well.

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Indian Red

I see Lee Mottershead is commenting on the stable lad problem of time off. The National Trainers Federation and Stable Staff union have formed a working party to look into this. It is a problem and going forward somehow a bit more time needs to be found, but horses need 24 hour care and have to be looked after properly. There are only a very few trainers who can afford to have such a big workforce that a few people off is not noticed. The problem with this industry is wall to wall racing on every day of the week and now we are having more and more evening meetings which will make the matter even worse. It would be marvellous if the BHA would take the bookmakers and the racecourses on and just say no to any more expansion as the trainers and the workforce are just not capable of any more growth in the fixtures.

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Richard and Wendy Marriott watching their horses

Jim Crowley has been riding out of his skin this year and the jockey championship is starting to hot up. It may be a three way thing with James Doyle not too far behind as well and he has a lot of powerful yards to ride for. Let’s hope the best man wins. Most jockeys are watching their weight constantly and our band of dieters are still going strong, although one or two have certainly not been on the bridle at all this past week. There are a few of us still going the right way, but one or two have remained static. We need a pair of blinkers on one or two of the wayward ones, but  generally the weight loss figure has been going down, although we still have a long way to go and don’t forget it’s is for two fantastic causes.