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The new museum is nearly finished

Thursday, 01 September 2016

"There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions."

Charles Proteus Steinmetz.

Indian Red

It looks like being another dry day and going forward, I think tomorrow will be the same. However, at the weekend there is some rain forecast which will be very welcome if it does arrive. The first two lots have been on the Rubbing House polytrack and they have all cantered a mile and had a good long walk back. All has gone well so far. Let’s hope it continues along that line.

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Gee Sixty Six and Sant'Elia on the Rubbing House polytrack

Careless Rapture was fourth yesterday, but a long way back and I think we have got a good home lined up for her. Once again she won the best turned out, and travelled well in the race, but when asked for an effort, I think she is one of those who declines to put her best foot forward. We have got somebody interested in her to play polo cross as another career and I think she will be ideal for that.

Sweeping Beauty

I read Julia Fielden believes breast girths should be made compulsory and I cannot agree with her more. There are many incidents, and there was one the other day when I watched TV of a saddle that was slipping and going backwards into the horses flanks. If it had had a breast girth or breast plate on, it wouldn’t have moved and any chance of an accident would have been avoided. The sooner the BHA brings a rule in the better and I will be campaigning through the National Trainers Federation for this to happen.

Bracken Brae

The museum continues to put the final touches to the building work and the retired racehorses are starting to arrive. Not only will we have a most modern and up to date museum with all the state of the art lighting and exhibits, plus an art gallery which can hold any exhibition, we have a living museum with live horses being ridden daily and giving demonstrations of what retraining of racehorses can do for them. Joe Grimwade, who was stud manager at Sandringham and at the National Stud here in Newmarket, is in charge of that side of the museum and I am sure that will be a big draw to anybody visiting when it opens later on in the month. It will also have a marvellous café / diner and a shop which will entice everybody. Newmarket is really going to benefit from this massive investment and great credit goes to everybody who has been involved.