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A damp start to the week following the sun yesterday

Monday, 14 May 2012

“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't”
Jerry Rice.

14_-_Jumping_offJumping off on Bury Side

It is a damp morning with a steady stream of rain. We have had a warm weekend and then this cold, wet morning arrives again. Two canters up the Bury Side hills has been the exercise this morning and everything is ticking over well. The only decision for everybody to make is what to wear when going out on the Heath, waterproofs or just ordinary coats.

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                      Astroscarlet (Emillie)                                                   Cotton Grass (Iain)

One runner today – Joe The Coat at  Windsor this evening. He was fourth first time out at Yarmouth in a slowly run race and we shall start to learn a bit more about him tonight. I think he may want a trip to be seen at his best but he will certainly gain some more experience on this figure of eight track.

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Joe The Coat - Our runner today

I read with interest the piece in the Racing Post today on the language difficulties we are having with overseas jockeys, especially in stewards inquiries when they have to explain their actions and understand what the stewards are saying to them. I had not given this a lot of thought before reading this article but can certainly see the difficulties and think the only way round it is for the riders to have personal interpreters until their English gets up to scratch.

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Kathleen Frances enjoying a pick of grass

Photo taken on Saturday

What a weekend of excitement in the Premiership with everything going down right to the last minute. It would be very hard to write the script and it was like a comic book finish, with the heroes scoring in the last minute of extra time. It just goes to show how exciting it can be, and our sport can be just the same with final stride finishes. Football and racing have a lot in common with the spectator levels and excitement. Let’s hope when we get Frankel on the track and Black Caviar over here for Ascot we can reach this weekend’s level of thrills.

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Shomberg