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A wet night but now calm

Thursday, 03 May 2012

 “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.”
William James.

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 First lot heading out after going round the indoor ride

It was a really wet night once again with over 25mm of rain which has caused flooding on the horse-walks and closure of a few canters. Everybody knows I have been praying for rain for ages but even I think we have now had enough and some good sunshine would be very welcome. We have had an easy morning with the horses with a canter up the polytrack on Warren Hill and a quiet walk back home.

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Marvo (Steve) bringing up Dine Out (Emilie) and Old Boy Ted (Iain)

It’s the Guineas Breeze Up Sale tomorrow, and the horses have been breezing on the gallops just in front of the racecourse. I think the ground will definitely be soft now for the weekend, which must favour the foreign raiders. It looks like both big races are wide open but, saying that, the winner of either race is always a top class horse.

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Ron leading Red Hermes, Kathleen Frances and Toptempo

The picture below is of the horse-walk just behind my yard on a place they call “The yellow brick road”. It used to be the old Phantom Stud before developers built houses on it, and I can never remember in over forty years it ever flooding like this. I am sure one or two of the houses will be a bit damp as well. It’s amazing how, when builders become involved, it changes the natural course of things. There is also a picture of the drainage ditch which goes underneath Newmarket and as you can see it is full to the brim. You cannot even see the top of the archway it is so full.

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                   "The yellow brick road"                                   The Watercourse drainage ditch

There is a good article by Colin Russell on page 4 of the Racing Post today about handicappers and the mysterious world they live in. They do on occasions seem not to take into account many things that the professionals know and understand, such as what happens in very bad ground and what can happen in small fields when a horse wins by a large distance. It costs a lot of money to keep a horse in training and a handicapper can give it no chance of winning a race very quickly. Even if they have been placed, and won a pittance, they will put them up which gives them very little chance of winning the first prize. In the times we are in it will really start to take hold and make a difference in the near future if things aren’t thought about and changed accordingly.

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Second lot returning past The Guv'nor led by My Guardian Angel