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Not much rain

Thursday, 01 December 2011

"Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love."

David McCullough.

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Second lot on Warren Hill

Still not much rain, in fact only just a good flurry this morning, which only lasted a minute or two. We were forecast a good downpour, but as usual it has not arrived and I hear on the radio today that the rivers are still so low in many parts that the farmers are not being allowed to fill their reservoirs for next year's growing season until we get significant rain.

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Mark at the indoor school

With two runners today and several people away on holiday plus one 'no-show', it has been a bit quiet in the yard but the band of workers here are in cheerful spirits and working like Trojans! I really have a good group of staff who all get on with each other and love the horses.

Two lots have been cantering on Bury Side and the yearlings will be cantering around the indoor school at third and fourth lots.

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Red Hermes (Hannah)

Our two runners are Old Boy Ted and Cotton Grass. Both make their debuts over hurdles, one at Market Rasen and one at Leicester within ten minutes of each other. In the 12.50pm at Market Rasen is Old Boy Ted ridden by Mattie Batchelor - he has schooled well, should like the ground but the track will be sharp enough for him so it will be a very good education. Cotton Grass runs in the one o'clock, a three-year-old fillies' hurdle race - she is another that has schooled well and I am sure she will run with promise.

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Walking in

There is an interesting article in today's Racing Post on French prize-money, which has risen 16% since 2007, in comparison with our prize-money, which has fallen by 8%. The big difference between the two countries is that, in France, there are very few people on the courses other than at the main fixtures; in fact at some you are nearly there on your own! It is a great day out with good food and, as we showed this year with Ted Spread (who was placed twice in France), you can win some very useful prize-money. I am always on the look-out for opportunities over there as it is easy for both horses and humans to get to and I am sure that we have horses in the yard which will be capable of taking us there again next season.