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It was a good weekend of racing

Monday, 26 September 2016

"Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one."

Lauren Raffo.

Red sky in the morning over Newmarket

Gee Sixty Six

It’s a much colder morning and it was the first time we have had a red sky for a long time, a proper autumn morning. We have been out on Southfields cantering on the Rubbing House polytrack with most of the horses and all has gone smoothly. It has been a quiet weekend weather wise, just a few showers, and I think a showery week is forecast ahead. We could do with some proper rain though, as East Anglia has missed most of the recent downpours. 

Sweeping Beauty

It was very good racing over the weekend, what with Newmarket and the Curragh, with plenty of upsets and it has been a bit of a bookmaker’s bonanza. The Cheveley Park a case in point, where the favourite was too keen and didn’t see out the trip against battle hardened fillies’ of Aidan O’Brien. As well as that, the Middle Park was won by a horse that had been racing all season long and it just goes to show if they are good enough in March and have the right attitude, they can still do it is October.


It’s Goffs yearling sales this week and the bandwagon rolls on. There will be plenty of big figures in the first two days and then the sportsman’s sale will decrease. I think it will be the same here in Newmarket the following week when October 1 will be the boutique sale with all the usual big players and October 2, 3 and 4 will struggle. It may be a good time to buy a nice horse at the right price as everybody wants to sell them, but buyers are in short supply. The BHA has got to get its act together with so many things, the fixture list, the staff situation and most especially prize money. The levy replacement seems to have gone quite quiet lately and although the top few owners are cocooned from the financial side, the majority of existing owners are struggling to get much back from supplying the actors.

Velvet Voice

It is nearly the end of the second month of the Great Frankland Fast and most of them continue to do very well. There is still one or two who have yet to get into the full swing of things, but the ones who have are really benefiting from their efforts. I know I am as I have lost over a stone and feel much better for it. It is great to know that we are doing it for the most deserving of causes and we have another five weeks to go. I want to get down to as near to 14 stone as I can do and I will be going all out next month.  We will be asking everybody to dip into their pockets and sponsor us as we want to raise as much money as possible.

Bracken Brae