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A perfect day

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Happiness depends upon ourselves.


29-06-12Comrade Bond and Cornish Quest, who runs today, cantering on Warren Hill yesterday

It is a perfect morning today - just the right temperature, a slight breeze and great to be out in the open air on the Heath. We have aready swum five or six, I have schooled five over the logs and the all weather hurdles, (Colin Bulger made the long journey from near Brighton to be there at ten past seven) two lots have already been out and cantered, the horses left for Yarmouth before seven and the Epsom runners are just on their way - and it's only half past nine.

29-06-25Cotton Grass (Ruth)

Six runners today - four at Yarmouth and two tonight at Epsom. Starting at Yarmouth we run My Guardian Angel in the six furlong maiden. He has already had one run at Newmarket, where he beat one or two home, and the experience will have brought him on. He could make the frame at a big price today. Sleigh Bells runs in the next, the six furlong seller. There is only one other making a debut here and they are both by Three Valleys. Ours will benefit greatly from today's run. Watch Chain runs in the 3.40 in the seven furlong handicap. He likes it at this track, and if things fall right for him, could run a big race. Finally at 4.40 we run Cornish Quest, who is making his reappearance. He always gave me the impression last year, when he never ran a bad race, that this trip and further was what he would need. He may just need this first run in what doesn't look a bad race, but I am expecting a good season with him.
At Epsom Cornish Beau runs in the first, and we have our yard's champion apprentice of 2005, Saleem Golam, on board. The horse was very disappointing last time but had run well at Newbury the time before, and, if handling the track and putting his best foot forward, should run well tonight. Lady Bellatrix runs in the next the seven furlong maiden for two year olds. She has always shown me that she is a nice filly and if she can handle the contours of Epsom will run well.

29-06-30MHT admiring Astrolibra, as she picks grass

Racing for Pennies has completed a survey and the main thing to come out of it was that they needed to improve the experience on racedays for the customer. Some courses and it is the majority of the sixty courses that we have, are very bad at giving the customer what should be a great day out. The facilities both for the professionals and public could be greatly improved, but most managers don't understand this. They just look at the figures on a piece of paper. I would make it compulsory for all racecourse decision makers to have a day out at Chester and York both as a paying customer and owner/trainer and they would soon see how it should be done and how to attract every age group to their own tracks.

29-06-47Second lot crossing the Moulton Road

We have now got all the mares and foals lying out at night. They come in every morning to have individual feeding and a rest. We are thrilled with this year's crop. Once we start weaning and the foals are settled, we shall begin moving them up to Garrowby and the yearlings that are there will start the breaking process. It's amazing how quickly the cycle comes round. All the mares that have been covered have been scanned in foal.

29-06-55Lady Bellatrix (Charles), who runs today picking grass earlier in the week

The town looks resplendent with twelve lifesize models of horses painted in various ways by local artists. They have been positioned throughout Newmarket and really make an impact. Eventually they are going to be auctioned off for various charities but it has been a great idea, one of the best of late, and I hope it is one that will be continued for a few years.

29-06-71Kathleen Frances leads third lot up Warren Hill

There was a lorry fire on the A14 earlier in the week which caused chaos with the traffic diverted through the town. One vet took an hour on a journey which would usually take five minutes. Everybody must be fed up with reading about Hatchfield Farm and the development that is proposed, but I can assure them that if it gets the go-ahead Newmarket will have started on the slippery slope. There was a meeting last week where a traffic expert was to give a report, but due to illness (he had a heart attack) his report was changed and certain bits of it were forced through the council by the officers who are all for the scheme. If vets and doctors can't get to where they are needed urgently lives of both humans and horses could be lost, never mind the increase in road rage which will undoubtedly occur, and the near miss rate on horse crossings  will be uncountable.

29-06-81Joe The Coat (Wajid)