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A light mist

Saturday, 28 January 2012

"Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn."

George Bernard Shaw.

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The second string turning out for Warren Hill

A foggy old morning today but not as cold as the forecast had told us it was going to be, and there is no wind so I expect it will hang around all morning. We have had two good lots of horses out already, and the new arrival from Ireland has had a good drive about, and seen a few of the sights Newmarket has to offer. There were quite a few spectators around the bottom of Warren Hill this morning. It’s marvellous that tourists and racing enthusiasts come and have a weekend away in Newmarket to see the horses on the Heath. I have always advocated a special spectator area where the visitors can get the best views, and perhaps we should have some notice boards explaining the layout of the Gallops etc. Maybe the tourist board would help.

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Kheleyf filly being driven in the ring this morning (David)

We were very unlucky again last night at Wolverhampton with both our horses finishing second, which makes it 10 seconds already this flat season. This drives me barmy, but the one good thing is the horses are healthy and running really well. I have just talked to Joe Fanning who rode Marvo and he tells me that he was just unlucky, and he’s very genuine. He also told me he liked the filly of Mark Johnston’s who beat Zenarinda, and stated he thought the race was above standard. She has been so unlucky not to have won yet and her turn is surely near.

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Kheleyf filly being lunged and watched by Mark and Steve Avery

There is some very good racing today at Cheltenham with a good four year old race to start the programme off, and Big Buck's to finalise it in the Cleeve Hurdle. He has achieved 14 wins in a row at present but is still behind the Australian wonder horse Black Caviar, who took her unbeaten run to 17 yesterday in front of a massive crowd at Moonee Valley. It just goes to show what these superstars can do for the attendance. They had been expecting eight thousand yesterday and they estimate 15 thousand turned up. She is really becoming a world-wide phenomenon and I hope she comes to Royal Ascot this year where we can all see her in the flesh.

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Kheleyf filly standing in the dummy stalls

It’s the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend with the Owls away to Blackpool. The Seasiders have had a mixed year so far but have been playing quite well of late.   Wednesday will have to put them under pressure with an early goal and you never know what can happen then. I fancy another trip to Wembley but it’s been a while since I’ve been there. A voice from the other office just said, “Were you there when they played Arsenal?” - which indeed I was, and I don’t want to remember the day. Arsenal in fact play tomorrow against Aston Villa and I have told Phil it’s their only chance of silverware this season.

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Shomberg (John) Topamichi (Lauren) Star of Missouri (Rhea)

returning from the indoor ride after third lot