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Thursday, 07 December 2017

"It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor."

Marcus Tullius Cicero.

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(L) Topapinion and (R) Astrobreeze

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Topalova

It’s a wild, windy, wet morning. It started blowing hard last night and it has kept on increasing ever since. It is not that cold though, but I am told that is on its way. We have a few more riders this morning, thank goodness, and have been getting on well with cantering the horses. Tim, assisted by Harry, is doing a good job breaking the yearlings and there will be several more soon ridden away if progress continues. Hamilton Hill has been the cantering area and we have also nipped one through the stalls who goes for a stalls test tomorrow night.

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Graham King with Ginger Lady yesterday at Lingfield

Our one runner yesterday, Ginger Lady, ran with plenty of promise. Still on the green side, she stayed on well in the straight to finish fourth, this only on her second run and six months after making her debut. We will be trying to find another race for her quite quickly where she can be competitive, and if not winning, can gain her handicap mark. She is by a sprinter, out of a mare that stays two miles two, so her ideal trip will be interesting to sort out. She was staying on well yesterday so at least a mile and a quarter will be in her compass and she could possibly get a lot further. All in all a good run. The three we have run this week have all shown they are capable of winning races.

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On their way to the lunge pit

I am not sure what Colin Russell is getting at today in his Thursday column in the Racing Post. He is a very sensible man and his articles are always worth reading. It is not the one on the racing charities which certainly deserves as much support as we can give them – both the Injured Jockey Fund and Racing Welfare do an unbelievable job giving support to our industry - but it is his article on the sales and the betting ring that baffles me. The sales ring is one of the only unregulated areas of our industry and for a new owner, it is a complete nightmare and one that can be very off-putting.  As for the betting ring, you pay your money and take your chance. It has always been like that and if you take a short price and it drifts, then that is bad luck and you usually know your fate early. However, with the sales ring, that is another matter. I won’t go into great detail now but wait for the BHA’s enquiry and any findings that come out of it.