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A reprieve from Lord Derby’s plans

Saturday, 24 March 2012

“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Shomberg (John) leading second lot round the indoor ride

We have another cloudless morning here and the forecast is for it to be a very warm day. Second lot have already gone out without sheets on as first lot got warm. As I said yesterday it is amazing for this time of year to be so hot. After yesterday’s work morning everything has had a gentle canter on Bury Side and a pick of grass at varying locations. First lot picked on Side Hill and second lot on Long Hill. A bit of “Doctor Green” does them the power of good.

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Like Clockwork (Wajid)

One runner today, Smokey Oakey in the 5:10 at Lingfield - the mile and a half handicap. He has run well the last twice, one on the flat where he was fifth and last time over hurdles when finishing third. This looks like it could be quite tactical but he is in good heart and if he stays this trip, which is his first effort at it, he should run well.

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Lady Bellatrix (Robbie)

A fantastic result for the whole of Newmarket was announced yesterday when the Secretary of State Eric Pickles turned down the appeal by Lord Derby to build 1200 homes on the outskirts of Newmarket. It has been a big concerted effort by everybody concerned and it’s such a great achievement by them all. The town is busy enough without another massive influx of traffic and although we may not have heard the last of this it has certainly put us right on top.

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You can see how dry the walking grounds are

With the grass season starting next weekend anybody who has not entered the FIVE-TO-FOLLOW competition for next year to win a share in a horse should do so as soon as possible. It is very easy to do, just click on the competition page and put your entries in. It’s great fun and hopefully I can train plenty of winners and keep the excitement going all year.

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Having a pic of grass on Long Hill

Pictured with The Guv'nor, Duncan Sinclair and Paul

It is a quiet weekend of sport, with Phil and Ian’s Arsenal at home to Aston Villa and The Owls away at Leyton Orient which is one of those places you have to think where it is. According to my godson Sam - who is at present in Australia busy being a surfer and sky diver - the Orient ground is the nearest one to Arsenal’s. I am not sure if that’s right but we will have to take his word for it. Just as long as we win though!