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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."

George Bernard Shaw.

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Permera, Peeps and Heavensfield on the Watered Gallop first lot

After a cool start, it has quickly got warm and I think it is forecast to be hotter than yesterday by midday. Another dry spell is on the way, unfortunately, as most of the horse’s want a bit of cut. I sent three horses down the watered gallop this morning and was delighted with the outcome. All three are ready to win. Most of the others had a good long exercise on an assortment of racecourse side polytracks and if I say it myself, look fantastic.

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Warming up on the trotting ring second lot

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Sant'Elia

Our second field of mares and foals are starting the weaning process today and if it goes as well as the first field did, everybody will be very happy. The first four foals have really settled into their gang and spend their lives lying on top of one another when not feeding or playing about. We will then only have one field to go in two or three weeks’ time. It won’t be long until the yearlings are coming in and the foals are being moved over to the yearling side of the stud and the in foal mares come back closer to the foaling unit. Time just flies by.

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Careless Rapture, Velvet Voice and Astrowizard

There is a great article on the late Jim Joels’ breeding empire by Tony Morris today in the Racing Post and how it was built up and then dispersed at Tattersalls. It certainly helped him inheriting a very good stud and £5 million, but they bought some very good mares and mated them well, with the success showing on the racetrack and when they sold them, there was a tremendous amount of excitement with the availability of top class bloodlines. At the time there were some amazing prices, but one of the cheapest mares was knocked down from £5,200 and became the dam of the European champion two-year-old, High Estate. The bloodlines are still going strong today and you can see them on a regular basis at the top sales around the world.