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Another very warm morning....

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

“A horse that will not carry a saddle must have no oats.”

 - Arabic proverb

10-05-06First lot arriving at the racecourse car park 

10-05-15Piccarello (Charles) moves up to join Comrade Bond (Jimmy Quinn) on the watered gallop

Another very warm morning with clear blue sky and virtually no wind. It was so frustrating, when watching racing on the TV yesterday, to see it absolutely pouring down at Redcar and I mean pouring down in torrents and us, here in Newmarket, with nothing. I took the horses across to the watered gallop on Racecourse Side this morning and the watering system was hard at work on the racecourse. It will make very little difference, as it will evaporate as quickly as it falls and why they can't water in the cool of the evening or from three o'clock in the morning is beyond me. The watered gallop was in good shape and everything moved down there like a dream - just give me some weather and we can have some runners.

10-05-20Cornish Beau (John) and Ted Spread (Butch)

10-05-26Astromagick (Charles) and Cotton Grass (Ashley)

Two runners today at Yarmouth. Watch Chain runs in the 7 furlong handicap at 3.20 pm and Kieren Fallon rides. He ran well last time but saw too much daylight and was very keen but if things fall into place for him today, he certainly has a chance of making the frame. In the 3.50 pm race, we run Star Commander, who ran well last time at Goodwood. Kieren rides him as well and, if the ground is not too firm, he should run with great credit. Let's hope for a good day.

10-05-54Astromagick gets a refreshing wash-down after working

10-05-80Nikki on Brushing gets her orders before having a blow on Warren Hill

We, like everywhere else, had our local elections last week and for the first time, since I can remember, we have got representatives of the racing industry on both the Town Council and the Forest Heath District Council. John Gosden's wife, Rachel, has made both councils and trainer, John Berry, and trainer's wife, Jacko Fanshawe, have made the Town Council. They certainly will put racing's case across and explain to the  general public the workings of the industry and how unique a town in the world is Newmarket.

10-05-88A really international group this morning - Michael Bowring and his sister, Caroline, from Canada, Noddy, Fiona and Tristan from South Africa plus Conrad and MHT from God's county, Yorkshire

10-05-90Brushing cools down after exercise