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Gee Sixty Six spread a plate

Tuesday, 04 July 2017

"Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."

Henry James.



It's a very similar start to yesterday being bright with a slight breeze. Everybody is in who should be this morning and every horse has had two goood canters. We shall be doing some faster work tomorrow.


Dot Green

A disappointing day yesterday as Gee Sixty Six pulled off a plate as he entered the stalls and, as there was no farrier at the start, he had to be withdrawn. When we declare at a racecourse we always tick the box which says "Do not run if pulled front shoe off", and this is what the starter followed. It is extremely annoying as he would have run very well and David Noblett had made the long journey down from  Scotland.


Rum Ration

It's the second part of the special report on racing's popularity today and how it can be improved. After reading today's article nobody has come up with anything new yet and tomorrow it will be interesting to read part three when the Racing Post's own correspondents come up with their ideas.



I see long standing Goodwood clerk of the course, Seamus Buckley, is retiring at the end of the year. He has been a marvellous man to deal with over all my years of training. He has always been honest about the ground and most importantly puts the horse first at all times. His replacement, Ed Arkell, has big boots to fill but has been working with Seamus at the main Goodwood meetings for a few years, and let's hope he has learnt from the master and, although he will have his own ideas, he will continue in the same vein.


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