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Thank goodness the sun is out

Thursday, 10 August 2017

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still."

Chinese Proverb.

Rum Ration leading Four Fifty Three

Back in after exercise

We have a completely different morning to yesterday, thank goodness. It is dry, high clouds with some patches of sunshine. I know we have had a really wet July and some great downpours, but yesterday’s rain was unbelievable, it just never stopped. It just goes to show how well drained we are here in Newmarket as within 12 hours, all the standing water has disappeared. The heath being on chalk will quickly dry up and if it stays like this, my guess is the watered gallop will be open within a week. The horses have all had a really good exercise, two canters on the polytracks close to home. They are looking well, feeling well, and eating well, which is all you can ask. We just need to get them out on the track now and we have several entries for early next week.

Having a nice pick of grass

As you know we pulled out our runner yesterday at Yarmouth, where the ground turned to soft in the end. It certainly was the right decision and across the country there were 105 horses withdrawn on the day. This is the problem you get with 48 hour declarations as the majority of horses declared on good to firm ground, only to see the heavens open and the ground change dramatically. It is nobody’s fault and there shouldn’t be a knee jerk reaction to yesterday’s withdrawals. Trainers and owners want to have runners, but it does nobody any good when they run disappointingly on unsuitable ground. With 48 hour declarations it is inevitable that you will get a daily list of non-runners.

Beautiful Bob

I think the popularity of the Dick Francis books has caused the recent survey into people’s perception of different sports, to name horseracing and football as the two they think are most fixed. Both these sports are the most gambled on, horseracing by a long way being the first. The most trustworthy came out as darts, followed by golf. These surveys are a bit like election forecasts, they are usually a long way off and the people that are asked either have no interest in sport whatsoever, or just say the first thing that comes into their heads. Although the result is published in the Racing Post today, let’s hope that very few other newspapers think it is newsworthy to publish as it is completely bonkers.