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The St Leger meeting starts today

Wednesday, 07 September 2016

"Beauty without colour seems somehow to belong to another world."

Murasaki Shikibu.

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Astrowizard and Gee Sixty Six cantering up Hamilton Hill

It’s very overcast with a fine mizzle which is just enough to get you damp if you are out in it. It is still very warm though and the horses were gleaming when I fed them in the dark this morning. It’s been a good morning so far with Desert River having plenty of stalls practice. He was very good today and should be going for a test next week at Yarmouth. Most of the string have stayed close to home on Hamilton Hill and have been moving well with no outward sign of anything. 

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Heavensfield and Astrosecret

It’s the first day of the Doncaster St. Leger meeting with the celebrity race at 3.35, the one that will give it most prominence today. All the old jockeys have a go and it’s all for the Injured Jockey Fund and Jack Berry House, so it is a good cause. I am sure there will be a few jockeys blowing harder than the horses on pulling up. It is the Leger at the weekend, which always brings back good memories and it is unfortunate that we have not got a runner on any day this year. It is also disappointing that it coincides with the new Irish Champions weekend which will be tremendous racing and the top jockeys will be going backwards and forwards across the Irish Sea. Why two great meetings have to clash is anybody’s guess. You have also got Chester, Lingfield, Bath and Musselburgh all on the same day. How we all keep up with it is beyond me. 

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Back in the yard after exercise

I see another course, Uttoxeter, are doing away with the old birch hurdles and are using the new padded design. There are now four courses using these new style hurdles. I have not seen them close up yet, but it could be a good idea and it may reduce the number of falls and injuries we get with the old style ones. Horses come back with a lot of cuts and scrapes from the older ones and these new ones do look much more horse friendly. Anything that can reduce the risk is welcome in my book.