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A little milder this morning

Friday, 10 December 2010


Dawn breaks this morning over the catholic church behind Flint Cottage

"When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness."

 ~Bob Hope



Astroscarlet stretches out well on Warren Hill  

A little bit milder this morning but the grass is still frozen and you certainly couldn't canter on it today. I think we will need several consecutive days of good weather for it to become useable. We have kept to the polyracks this morning and all so far has gone smoothly. 


The Observatory ex Seasonal Blossom colt (Nikki)

Iain set off very early this morning to go up to Garrowby to collect a few of the horses-in-training, which have been having a good break. It is the first time that the driveway there has been passable. He will be making a couple of journeys next week to bring back a mixed bunch of horses-in-training and maiden mares.


The Halling ex Optimistic colt (Zeeshan)

Fakenham is already off on Sunday and I think there is an inspection at Cheltenham at 10.30 am to see if racing could go ahead today. Phil has just informed us that the cross country race has been abandoned already and we will wait on the rest. We have declared Akula tomorrow in the three year old hurdle and he will be travelling down today, as it is a very early start tomorrow at 11.40 am: our race is the 12.10 pm. I don't know why they don't take a leaf out of Deauville's book and start at 9.00 am and have 14 races in a day. Better still, why don't we all give up training horses at home and just constantly run them! Just have a look at the Deauville prize money today in the Racing Post and you can see how much our neighbours can race for on the all-weather with no bookmakers and just the Pari-Mutuel.  


Mares at Dullingham Park 

It was the annual carol concert on Wednesday night at Tattersalls in aid of Racing Welfare and, in particular, to raise funds for the chaplaincy. The Reverend Graham Locking was orchestrating the occasion and all went brilliantly well. The only one problem was the lighting was pretty poor and it was hard to read you carol sheet and at times people were singing from the wrong line: it was like a medley. Colin, who plays in the Newmarket Town band and were the music for the night, said it was very hard to read the music sheets as well. Nevertheless, it all added to a great occasion, which everybody thoroughly enjoyed and it raised well over £7500 for the cause. If anybody would like to contribute please go to the Racing Welfare website,