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I am definitely on my soapbox today ....

The rain has cleared away

Monday, 01 May 2017

"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."

Will Durant.

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Four Fifty Three

It was pouring when I was in feeding at 4.30 this morning but it has gradually got brighter as the day has gone on. It is forecast for bands of rain to come up from the south, but I think it is short sharp burst and it will just dampen the dust, rather than make it soft. At least it will help the grass grow and the farmers who get their hay in May will be delighted. We have had a good morning with the horses so far and have had a few through the stalls who are going to run this week. All went well. I, in fact, didn’t see second lot as we had a non-runner at the stud and I have driven the wagon up to Yorkshire for a covering.

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Roof Garden

We will be having plenty of runners this week, with horses at Brighton and Chelmsford tomorrow, Yarmouth Wednesday, and Lingfield Thursday and Friday. They will all be older horses, but I hope to have a couple of two-year-olds out in the next fortnight.

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Hold Firm walking round the yard

There was a very good article on Freddy Tylicki at the weekend and it sounds like he is being very positive about his injury. He is evidently trying a lot of other sports and I hope he can find one that will let him compete in the Olympic Games. His determination will see him through and we wish him all the best. Another ex-jockey, Allan Mackay, has had a very similar injury after an accident on the heath and he has just been transferred to Stoke Mandeville, where they will rehabilitate him. I am sure he will benefit greatly from their expertise. This sport of ours is the best in the world, but accidents do happen and we must all look after our own, which is why we have Racing Welfare and the Injured Jockey’s Fund who do such a tremendous job.