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Fog then sun

Monday, 21 November 2011

"He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks."

Francois de la Rochefoucauld.

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First lot led by Akula head off to Railway Land

It started off very foggy this morning but seems to have cleared quickly as the sun has got up and it looks like being a glorious day once again. A visit to Railway Land at first lot to have a canter on the grass was followed at second lot with a spin up the Long Hill polytrack. The new intake of yearlings are going really well and learning something different every day. You can see them actually thinking about what they are doing and being asked to do.

                                                    Some of first lot cantering

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            Astrolibra                                 Cotton Grass                               Old Boy Ted

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                                 Marvo                                                                Ron

It's the start today of December Sales fortnight with one day of yearlings today followed by foals all week. We then get the mares sale starting on Monday next. The whole of the international bloodstood industry will be here this sale and if the results from Keenland and Ireland are to be believed, it could be a strong sale once again. We are so lucky to live and work and have a stud farm in the Newmarket area as it is the hub of thoroughbreds world wide.  Our British bloodstock is undoubtedly the best in the world and everybody wants our product. If only the funding could be properly sorted out, what a business it could be. It would benefit everybody including the government who would get so much more in revenue. People are investing in horses rather than watch their money decrease on the Stock Market. It is so much more fun and you have as good a chance as other alternatives to make a profit.

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The Marriott family visiting their mare Nice Time (in foal to Pastoral Pursuits)

We had several visitors on Saturday morning and they included the Marriott family who, after seeing their horses in the yard, came down the stud to see Nice Time and give her a packet of Polos.

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MHT and Richard

Who needs Racing for Change when you have a horse like Kauto Star? What a fantastic performance and how the crowds reacted! You need no promotion and dancing girls  in this country to attract people to the sport, just horses like this which we keep producing and let the horse do the talking.

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Some of the other mares watching proceedings

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Twelfth Night (in foal to Halling)