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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."

Mark Twain.

First lot and it's still quite dark

It’s another cold, damp morning after some heavy showers yesterday. We have just kept close to home on Hamilton Hill with a good long walk and trot, followed by a steady canter and another quiet walk home. It is going to be a busy day with visitors arriving around 9 o’clock, a load of hay being delivered and a runner at Newmarket, so everybody is working flat out, and very well I must add.

The moon is still up

What a debacle it was yesterday at Yarmouth with the last race being abandoned when they were all walking around the paddock. This was due to there being no doctor on course and one of the ambulances having to take an injured jockey to hospital. They said there wouldn’t be time to get back before it got too dark. The question I ask is why did the doctor have to go with the ambulance when it was only a suspected broken ankle? Also why couldn’t they organise catching the loose horse properly? It was loose for at least 15 minutes and nobody had any idea how to catch it. There was one certain jockey in the weighing room, who is the best in the world, going completely barmy and questioning whether anybody had any horse sense at all. He was right in everything he said. Let’s hope compensation is paid to the connections of the horses that didn’t run. We shall certainly be asking for it.

The box has been steam cleaned, painted and now being bedded down

We have one runner today if her blood result comes back clean (I have not received it yet). Velvet Voice runs in the one mile maiden at Newmarket at 4.15. There are plenty of highly touted horses in this as usual and it will be a race to follow in the future. Velvet Voice is ready to have her first run and will benefit enormously from it.

Becky nailing on

Our best wishes go to Claude Duval of The Sun newspaper who has retired at the great age of 71. It is a very sad day as he is the only original survivor from when The Sun started in 1969. In fact most of the racing correspondents who we all knew have retired now, and today the reporters work from home and off their computers. The whole of the newspaper industry has changed and nobody seems to know anybody nowadays. There was always great fun and much banter when owners, trainers, journalists and bookmakers stayed in the same hotel for racing festivals. Sadly that era has died out. We wish Claude a very happy retirement.