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It's a chilly autumnal day

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

"Once a game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box."

Italian Proverb.

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Warming up with a trot up Hamilton Hill

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(L) Topapinion and (R) Astrobreeze

It must be 10 degrees colder this morning after yesterday’s very strange weather. It was 24 degrees at Yarmouth and the sky was yellow with a big red / orangey sun. It was dark so early as well and then we finished with a gale in the evening. It is back to a normal autumn cold, crisp, clear morning. We have been getting on well in the yard with everybody in who should be in and we have been using the Rubbing House canter and Hamilton Hill. All has gone well so far and Tim is getting on with the breaking of the yearlings that are already in. We will soon be getting an influx as the ones from the stud will be in the yard shortly. That will please Angie and David as it will give them plenty of time to work on the paddocks and move horses about.

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Astrojewel

Dixon ran ok yesterday but had every chance and failed to quicken. He was much more relaxed and didn’t pull at all. It looks to me like he wants quite a bit further and that is the route we will be taking next time. There were nine races yesterday at Yarmouth, including the very good listed race which was moved from Bath. I think the crowd definitely got their monies worth.

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(L) TTMAB and (R) Bracken Brae

It’s the big build up this week to the Champion’s Day at Ascot on Saturday, where every race will be very competitive. Let’s hope the ground doesn’t go too soft and that everything turns up and runs. There is so much good racing at this time of year for these high class horses and you need a stable packed full of group performers to keep having the runners. Horses are not Grand Prix cars that you can take the engine out of, or put new tyres on, or change the gear box, they are very delicate creatures and you have to try to get them cherry rip on the day. The ground and draw, which is out of your control, plays a major part, in fact sometimes it is a miracle it all goes right. It just goes to show what a fantastic organisation Coolmore is and what reserves they have to call on, all done within their own establishment. It would be marvellous to see Aidan break the Group 1 record at Ascot this weekend and he certainly has every chance.

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Dandy Man ex Boucheron yearling colt

The pumpkin won its class once again at the weekend, see picture. She is now finished and will be used as a seed donor for next year’s crop. Mind you I saw a picture of the biggest one grown in England this year, and it was about ten times the size of ours, but I still don’t think we have done too badly for amateurs. 

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The Pumpkin Show