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We have one runner tonight at Chelmsford

Thursday, 15 February 2018

"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty."

Anon.

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True Calling

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Velvet Voice

It’s a bright, dry morning after what can only be described as a wet and wild night. It absolutely lashed it down once again and both the yard and the stud are running in water. I just don’t know when it will ever stop. At least today there is none so far. Everybody is in and cantering on the polytracks. All has gone well so far.

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Astrojewel

We have one runner tonight at Chelmsford. Gee Sixty Six runs in the 9 o’clock, the one mile five furlong handicap. I have fitted blinkers just to help him concentrate. He ran much better last time at Kempton and in this sort of race, if he puts his best foot forward, he can certainly get involved. I have been dying to run him over hurdles but the ground is so awful everywhere that I will be waiting until the spring to do that. It has been pretty hard watching lately as the heavy ground has made for some very tired horses and we need to be careful not to race too much on this very bad ground.

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Exercise over and back to the yard

We always find good homes for our horses when they retire, as you can see by having a look at our ‘where are they now’ section on this site, and they go on to have long happy lives doing a variety of different equine disciplines. One of our old horses was Westminster who had a marvellous life and his owners, Emma and Cheryl, have just let us know that he has died at the age of 26. He gave his owners plenty of fun when he was a racehorse and he continued to give so much pleasure right up to the end. Horses are fantastic creatures, the best animal in the world and it is always sad to lose them, but you have all the memories to remember them by.