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A cloudy morning

Saturday, 28 July 2012

"Peace begins with a smile."

Mother Teresa.


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                    Smokey Oakey                                                            Star of Missouri

I hope everybody is awake by now after staying up to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics. I only made it until about 10.30 but Phil tells me it went on past one o'clock. It was very well done and I suppose it had to take place in the dark for all the special effects. I just hope the athletes who took part were allowed a lie-in this morning and that Bradley Wiggins went straight home. He has 150 miles to ride today to help Mark Cavendish have a chance of winning our first gold medal.

It's a bit overcast this morning and much cooler which is better for the horses and the lads. A couple of canters on Bury Side has been the work this morning.

Mystery Star ran a nice race yesterday to finish fourth despite being hampered at a crucial time. I feared it would be a stop-start race with no pace and that's what it turned out to be. He was unlucky not to have been a bit nearer but is certainly in good form and the Shergar Cup in a couple of weeks could be his next outing.

Two runners today- Dazinski at York and Rayvin Black here at Newmarket. The ground will be on the fast side which should suit them. They are both in good heart and have a live chance of making the frame. Tactics will play a big part in both races of course, so let's hope our jockeys are alive to them.

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                     Fredrick Alfred                                                              Topamichi


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Astroscarlet 

We all heard yesterday that the Reuben brothers, who own Northern Racing and Arena Leisure, have announced that Folkestone and Hereford racecourses will shut at the end of the year. This is not a shock to me as I have been predicting that courses will close in the near future. The number of meetings won't drop though; in fact it will keep increasing because that is where the value of the sport is. They will just transfer the fixtures within the group. Where does this leave everybody and what does it mean for the future? When you have a group which is basically a property company owning racecourses in this way there is only going to be one outcome. At least with the Jockey Club all profits are ploughed back into the industry.     


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Four Miracles with her first foal - a colt by Refuse to Bend

and below Qilin with her Virtual colt

Both photos very kindly sent by by Richard Farleigh (owner of Four Miracles). 

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