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We have three runners today

Thursday, 22 December 2016

"Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays."

George Balanchine.

Cantering on Hamilton Hill in the sunshine

Gee Sixty Six

There is a bit of a frost this morning which has only appeared since the sun has started to climb above the trees. I think we got a bit of rain last night and there are one or two bands forecast to sweep across in the next couple of days. It was the lads Christmas do last night but everybody was in bright and early and I think they thoroughly enjoyed it. We have had good exercise with all of the horses and with three runners today, it has already been a very busy morning. I don’t have to tell you how hectic it gets at this time of year.

Back into the yard after third lot

We have three runners today, two at Chelmsford and one at Wolverhampton. It is an early start at Chelmsford with Velvet Voice in the 12.50, the mile maiden. She is drawn well today and has run with credit in both her maidens so far. They have all been pretty strong though and this is no exception with some very high priced horses making their debut. This looks an above average maiden and it wouldn’t be out of place at Newmarket or Ascot. Joey Haynes takes the mount and I hope she runs a sound race. Our next runner is Topaling in the 1.50. She has top weight here and I am hoping she can put her best foot forward, but you never know with this filly. She has got the ability to win this if she decides to put the effort in.

Our other runner is in the last at Wolverhampton where Hold Firm runs with Tom Queally on board. Not drawn brilliantly in eleven, he has been a bit unlucky the last twice when being hampered on both occasions, but if Tom can keep him out of trouble, he must have a sound chance of being involved today.

Harbour Watch ex Missouri yearling

Here in Newmarket we have got a walk around the town which is to commemorate the legends of the turf. It was the brain child of trainer John Berry who, when Lord Mayor of Newmarket, came up with this brilliant idea. Paving stones commemorating racings most famous and deserving have been placed around the town at varying places and the idea is to walk round and collect them all. Another seven were added this week, including champion jockey Doug Smith and the most popular of local figures, Alfie Westwood. If you are ever stuck for something to do in the town this would be a great thing to try.