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A very foggy morning...

Tuesday, 14 December 2010


Second lot returns home in the fog

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!"

 - Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836




The fog had started to lift by third lot

A very foggy morning, in fact, you could hardly see 50 yards first thing. The older horses were out on Warren and Long hills first lot and the yearlings have all been coming up Warren Hill. It has not been a morning to have a loose horse, as you could easily lose it in the fog and it would be hard for the cars to see, if it ran across one of the roads.  


The Rail Link ex Tenpence (Dan) and Tiger Hill ex Gold Hush (Hannah) colts

MHT has gone up to Garrowby today to see the horses there and then is going on to the Gimcrack dinner tonight. The Gimcrack dinner is an all-male occasion, where William Haggas, as the winning trainer of the race this year, will give a speech; this offers him the chance to voice his opinion on, usually, the state of racing or some similar topic close to his heart, so it will be interesting to hear tomorrow what subject he has chosen. 


The Bahamian Bounty ex Qilin colt (Wajid)

The Racing Post today has a good article on Tony McCoy in the week, when he is up for the award of BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He comes across as the typically self-effacing, modest person that we have all come to admire but no one must underestimate the achievements of this man. The gruelling regime of work, dieting and the punishment, that is body is constantly taking, must be phenomenal. It is great to see racing getting behind A.P. and it would be marvellous, not only for him, but for the whole of racing if he could win it. We shall all be rooting for him on Sunday evening.  


The Three Valleys ex Doll's House filly (Holly), now known as Sleigh Bells

Phil and Ian are keeping very quiet this morning after The Gunners 1-0 defeat by Manchester United last night. Even with United playing well below their best, Arsenal never looked like inflicting defeat on them and the 'boys in red' look justified in being 6-4 for the title.