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An Olympic scale tidy-up before the torch arrives

Saturday, 07 July 2012

“A difficult journey is more revealing of character than any discussion or analysis.”
Michael Treanor.

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Mystery Star passing The Guv'nor in the indoor ride

It is a dry, warmish morning with plenty of clouds in the sky, but we are forecast to get some very heavy showers once again during the day. It’s a bit barmy in Newmarket this morning as the town carnival is on today and the Olympic Torch is coming through this afternoon. I have never seen more council workers about all trying to tidy the place up before the TV cameras arrive. It’s amazing and I wonder where they have all come from - it begs the question, where are they working during the week? We never see anybody normally. All the horses have had a good healthy canter and I can report they are looking absolute pictures.

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Akula (Wajid)

Seen here at the top of Warren Hill polytrack

There were inspections this morning at a number of race tracks to see if racing could go ahead. So far it does at Sandown, Haydock and Beverley. Three of today’s meetings, at Leicester, Carlisle and Nottingham, were abandoned yesterday. It will be very heavy ground everywhere, but nevertheless we have some good racing, especially at Sandown where the Coral Eclipse is run at 3:45. As I said yesterday it’s a shame that So You Think can’t run, but it’s still a very good race and is very much worth watching.

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The Guv'nor re-securing a safety sign on Warren Hill

There is a very good article by Richard Hughes in today’s Racing Post. He comments on the July Festival and asks why it can’t be held mid-week once again. He states that he used to love coming up to Newmarket on the Tuesday and staying until the finish on Thursday. So did all the other top jockeys, but the track decided to change the dates so that the festival started on the Thursday and went through to Saturday. The excuse for this was that the July Cup on Saturday attracted overseas interest, but this day coincided with York and Newbury and spread the top jockeys very thinly. I said this at the time and I am delighted to see somebody agrees with me. The sooner we bring back the July Meeting to mid-week the better.

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Rayvin Black