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Bands of rain keep passing through

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

"A daughter is a gift of love"


Crossing the road to get to the canters

It’s mild this morning, but bands of rain keep passing through and at present it is bouncing off the roof of the office. It’s been a good morning so far with everything going as planned. We have already had a few owners visiting the yard and had some horses in the stalls, which went perfectly for a change. We have been cantering on Southfield Round and Hamilton Hill. I still need a couple of full time stable staff who can ride and an apprentice jockey who, if good enough, will get plenty of chances. Georgia Dobie, who was the apprentice last year, has left to go back nearer home which gives a good opportunity for someone new.

The practice stalls

Sweeping Beauty ran a cracking race yesterday. Unfortunately she was not in the right positon when jumping off, but finished with a real flourish to come third. She has been schooled well at home and will make a cracking hurdler. She is entered in the February sales here in Newmarket this Friday and will definitely go there, although we will not be giving her away. She has been very unlucky not to have won at least one bumper and is a filly full of potential.

Unfortunately Indian Red had a slight temperature yesterday morning, and although he is not bad today, it is still slightly raised. It may just be the weather, but we can’t run him today at Kempton. Hopefully it won’t be long as he is fit and ready for the experience.

On the way to the walker

I see Trevor Hemmings, the owner of Many Clouds, is supporting the Kempton redevelopment and it is marvellous to hear a man of his age and experience saying life moves on and we have to move with it. He has seen a lot of changes in his lifetime and it is always worth listening to what he has to say. He also had a go at the people who organised the Grand National weight announcements which has always been traditionally a lunchtime affair. It meant everybody could travel down in the morning, have lunch and the presentation and then get home in the evening. However, now they have switched it to an evening ceremony it will make it so much harder for people who have to travel to attend. It may suit the London based executives, but certainly not the normal racing people. It is another suits idea which is crackers.