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Wednesday, 02 June 2010

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Heavy fog at the bottom of Long Hill

''Four things do not come back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunity.''

- Arabic proverb

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Red Barcelona

There is a blanket of fog so thick, across Newmarket this morning, that you can hardly see a hand in front of you, which, even though it is not cold today, gives the day a damp, dank feeling. We had steady drizzle all day yesterday from 11 o'clock onwards, which will have freshened up the ground but, I would be surprised, if it added up to much in quantity. First lot all had one nice canter up Long Hill and, luckily, nobody fell off, as you would not have been able to find the horse again in this weather. The other lots used either Warren Hill or Long Hill with the weather brightening up considerably by 9.30 am. to being a lovely morning.

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The horses collect at the top of Long Hill

The two two year olds ran very promising races yesterday with Princess Izzy travelling well early on and staying on towards the end and Ice Magic looking green in the early part of the race but staying on well, once the penny dropped, to finish fourth. Both races looked above-average contests and we shall have plenty to look forward to with both of these as the season progresses.

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Barwick and Old Boy Ted

We have two runners today with Blinka Me running in the 4.15 pm. at Nottingham and Bertie Smalls in the 7.10 pm. at Ripon. Blinka Me has run two solid races, so far this year, winning and finishing third; he is going another furlong today but should stay and, I am hopeful, that he will run another good race. Bertie Smalls is as well as I can get him and as long as he handles the undulations at Ripon, he should run respectably.

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The sun starting to poke through by the end of 2nd lot

We were all delighted with Brushing's win on Monday at Carlisle, more especially so, as she is a homebred, out of our lovely mare, Seasonal Blossom (pictured below). It is a real joy, when the progeny of mares that you have foaled yourself and watched grow, go on to do well and win on the racecourse. Seasonal Blossom has a gorgeous Observatory yearling colt, up at Garrowby, which will come into training this autumn and will be looking for an owner; so, if anybody would like to own an half-brother to Brushing by Observatory, then please give us a ring on 01638 661434.

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