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Frosty and chilly

Monday, 05 December 2011

"The best doctor in the world is a veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what is the matter - he's just got to know."

Will Rogers.

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The winning Akula

A light frost and chilly start, but the yard is very cheerful this morning after Saturday's winner. Everything is running smoothly, the older horses have had their normal long Monday morning exercise and the yearlings continue learning the trade and getting used to the daily routine.

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Heading out towards the Heath

We were delighted with Akula on Saturday. He jumped absolutely brilliantly throughout and won very nicely. He didn't stay last time at Cheltenham and this track suited him down to the ground. There is still plenty of improvement in him and he is only four at present so we are onwards and upwards. Two runners today at Lingfield with an early start at 12 o'clock in which we run Jennifer J making her debut. She is a big, tall, scopey filly who will benefit greatly from today's experience. Red Hermes runs in the next, the 12.30. She has had one run at Southwell where she showed a bit of ability but hated the kickback. I am hoping that she can run a bit better today.

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Blimey O'Reilly

Mixed reports in the Racing Post yesterday on the alterations to Aintree, some of the jockeys thought it was O.K. and some not. I think the authorities have gone far enough now with all the changes and that needs to be it.  We must educate the once-a-year racing viewer to the excitement that racing produces. Liverpool is an unique track with its own special atmosphere and people must be encouraged to go and witness it for themselves.

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Astroscarlet (Abbi)

Everyone in the office is happy today as the Owls won and so did Arsenal. The Owls have drawn West Ham in the next round of the Cup so there is going to be plenty of owner/trainer banter.

Just to remind you that if you are in the Newmarket area on Wednesday, there is the annual Carol Concert  at Tattersalls starting at 7.15,  which is in aid of the Chaplaincy for Racing. Graham Locking, our chaplain,  does a wonderful job for everyone involved in our industry throughout the country, and this concert is always a lovely way to start the Christmas festivities. You can buy tickets at the door or book them through Racing Welfare (see our Links section for 'Charities') and collect them on arrival. Alternatively you can buy them at Tindalls the newsagents in Newmarket High Street. Try not to sit near to me as I am tone deaf!       

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The happy fans