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A much cooler morning....

Tuesday, 12 July 2011


“Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

 - Charles Dickens

120703First lot collect at the top of Railway Land to get their riding instructions

A much cooler morning with high wispy clouds and a bit of a breeze, so much easier working conditions for both humans and horses. We have had quite a busy morning with a few visitors and horses going off in all directions. Ted Spread set off to race at Longchamp on Thursday with Iain and Abby (his Pakistani lad couldn't go with him, as only European passports were accepted!!). David has gone down to the seaside at Brighton with the two runners there and Steve is off to sunny Yarmouth with the evening runners. We have also been working on the Al Bahathri and having normal canters with the other lots.

120710Five Hearts (Ashley) and Cotton Grass (Nikki)

120717Zenarinda (Saleem) and Astrolibra (Butch)

Six runners today, two at Brighton this afternoon and four tonight at Yarmouth. Starting at Brighton we run Comrade Bond in the 3.40 pm race, the 7 furlong handicap. He has always shown me a bit of ability but was very disappointing last time but, back in trip, I am hopeful of a better show. Astroleo, who runs in the last race at 5.40 pm, is a course and distance winner this year and must be in the shake-up again today with any sort of luck.
At Yarmouth we start with a couple of runners in the first race at 6.00 pm, the 7 furlong two year old maiden. This looks a particularly interesting race with some well-bred and expensive debutantes; both of ours have been very green in their races so far and this experience tonight can only do them good for the future. Imjin River, who runs in the 7.00 pm race, the 6 furlong sprint, ran much better last time at Carlisle after his two disappointing runs and, if repeating that effort, he should perform with credit tonight. We then have to wait until 9.00 pm for our last runner, when Locum runs in the mile and six furlong handicap. He always runs well here for his enthusiastic syndicate and I am sure he will do again tonight.

120724Astroverdi (Charles) and Bird of Faith (Ruth)

120727Battery Power (Lauren) and Astromoon (Lee)

The public enquiry on the Hatchfield Farm development opens today and is scheduled to last a month. Let's hope it can be fast-tracked and the appeal against the decision turned down very quickly. This is one development we do not want in Newmarket and cannot understand how it has got this far. 

120742Cornish Beau leads second lot onto the Warren Hill mactrack

120748Astrovenus (Abbi)

120751Jennifer J (Lauren)