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It is the first day of the July Festival

Thursday, 13 July 2017

"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon."

Doug Larson.

Gee Sixty Six leading Dixon and Astrostorm

Topalova and Lost The Moon

It’s a warm, blue sky morning today, but thank goodness not as muggy and there is a slight breeze when you get out on the heath. We have been cracking on with the horses and using the Rubbing House Polytrack and Cambridge Road as our main cantering grounds. We are also moving a few horses to the sales, plus the horsebox is going in for a service and MOT. All in all, quite a hectic day.

First lot walking back to the yard after exercise

Our runners yesterday didn’t shine. Astrosecret got a very indifferent ride, which is disappointing for all concerned and Bracken Brae needed the race more than I thought. It looks to me like the horses are going to need a bit more graft at home and I will be upping everybody’s work from now on.

Stellekaya and Velvet Voice

It is the first day of the Newmarket July Festival and I say it every year, I just don’t understand why they have moved it from Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It would get just as many people here mid-week and then they could move on to either Ascot or York at the weekend. I wish somebody could sort the racecourses out, but I am afraid they are the ones that hold all the power.

It is also the July Sales, which brings people from far and wide to purchase horses in training and breeding stock. The Godolphin horses were the ones everybody wanted yesterday and there was a big batch that went through which were very popular. It is morning and evening sessions from now on and we have a few in on Friday morning. Let’s hope they can find good new homes.


It is the Newmarket Town Plate today which is always the historic opener of the July meeting. This race dates from 1666 and was the first race to be run under rules. King Charles II founded it and proclaimed it should ‘run forever’. It is not run for money, it is run for a Challenge Plate, a silver photo frame, a voucher from Goldings (a clothes shop in town), and a box of the famous Newmarket sausages. It is hugely popular and there are 15 runners today. Riders include a dentist, an ambulance driver, a bookmaker, a Sheikh and a retired international showjumper. I am sure they will enjoy themselves and let’s hope it goes without a mishap. It is races like this and their history which is so good for our sport.