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Friday, 10 February 2012

"All generalisations are dangerous, even this one."

Alexandre Dumas.

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Chankillo (Lauren) and Ron (Liam) leading first lot back in

Another good dollop of snow last night; it started just as we finished evening stables and continued right on through the night until the early hours. Winter rules are back in Newmarket on the Heath - this means we canter up one of the Warren Hill polytracks and walk back down the other. This rule was brought in last year as the walking grounds became very dangerous and it has worked well ever since. There were a lot of horses using the facilities this morning and the town is really beginning to wake up and get cracking.

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The driveway clear at Garrowby

One runner today - Zenarinda is in the 3.35 at Southwell. This looks a very good opportunity for her and she deserves to break her duck. She has run some very good races this winter against some good opponents and she deserves to get her head in front, which I think she will do today.

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Comrade Bond ( John) Ravin Black (Liam)

We had two foals born overnight at Dullingham which has meant everybody involved getting only a few hours sleep, if any. Four Miracles was first to foal before midnight. She had a lovely colt foal by Refuse To Bend. It was her first foal and everything went pretty quickly and, as a result, both mother and son are doing well. In the early hours Topatoo started to foal and we had a few complications but eventually the foal was born. Although they are currently in the equine hospital under surveillance, both mother and daughter are going the right way. We are very lucky indeed to have the Rossdale veterinary practice and their hospital close by as their expertise is invaluable.

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Mystery Star (Lauren)

It was very sad to hear of the death of a racing legend in Josh Gifford. He was one of my heroes as a jockey when I was growing up and he was a top class man in so many ways. Like all top people there was no side to him and he loved our racing game with so much enthusiasm – a proper man. Our condolences go out to all the Gifford family.

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A new driver for the quad?