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Quite a cold morning.....

Monday, 21 February 2011

"Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him."

 - Aldous Huxley



First lot on Bury Hill, heading towards Railway Land

Quite a cold morning and the bit of a breeze makes it feel even colder. At least, we have no rain and the grass canters are starting to dry up nicely. I took first lot on a good, long exercise down the Limekins belt and cantered up the grass on Railway Land. This canter is open all year long and is always in good condition, which makes it one of my favourite exercises. Second lot have just been up the grass canter on Warren Hill and the two year olds came up the polytrack.


Brushing (Nikki)

I see on page 8 of The Racing Post that the bookmakers now contribute 55% of all sponsorship to UK horseracing. This, in my opinion, is far too much and the racecourses should be trying to diversify their sponsorship as much as possible. I remember last year, when I wanted a box at Yarmouth and promised them ten new sponsors, they weren't interested as the boxes were filled by the internet betting-in-running punters. I can never see the logic in turning away sponsorship for this kind of short term filler, maybe the racecourses will see sense from now on. The industry has so much to offer sponsors and we must have the right people in place to sell it.


Dictate (Ruth)

Great to see old Monet's Garden back at Greystoke in the care of Nicky Richards, having overcome his life-threatening hoof problem. Everybody loved him when he had a spell here in Newmarket last season and it is marvellous he is going to enjoy his retirement.


Finger Spin (Abbi)

Phil and Ian are trying to be cheerful this morning after The Gunners drawing with Leyton Orient at the weekend. I have already informed them that, even if they get through in the replay, that will be as far as they get in the Cup, as they are drawn away at Manchester United in the next round. I will have to mention The Owls who, even the new manager said, were woeful in Saturday's 3-0 defeat. We need some real Yorkshire grit in the team, which is very lacking at present. They are away to Bournemouth tomorrow, which looks another very hard match - we are slowly slipping towards Division 2.


MHT walking back with Akula and Abby


Watch Chain leads the two year olds up Warren Hill


Crossing the Moulton Road at the top of Warren Hill