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Sharper work

Tuesday, 07 August 2012

"Teamwork divides the tasks and multiplies the success."

Author Unknown.

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Setting out for work

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Blimey O'Riley and Locum

An overcast morning but the temperature has not dropped and it's really a good working atmosphere. I have been putting a bit of sharp speed work into everything this morning on Long Hill gallop. After a warm-up canter they have been coming up there in bunches of twos and threes, breezing over four furlongs. This gets them a bit sharper and opens up their lungs. The ground was in perfect condition after the showers we have had lately.

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Seasonal Blossom and her Medicean colt...

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and Astromancer with her Royal Applause colt. Both were weaned yesterday

Jockey Club Racecourses have had a really big shake-up and reorganisation with Ian Renton, who had been one of the chiefs at Northern and Arena, taking over at Cheltenham and three other tracks in that vicinity. Edward Gillespie will be a hard act to follow but I have known Ian for several years and I think he will do a very good job. It seems to me that the racecourses have the power nowadays and these recent readjustments, both within the Jockey Club and Northern/Arena, are consolidating their position. If the Horsemen's Group can work with their chief executives for the bigger plan so much the better for our future.

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        Renewing water pipes - Ryan is going, going, gone - but the guv'nor is at hand                                                                                                                                  

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We have had another leak in the yard, and those of you who have been followers of this site for years will have seen pictures like this before. Even with the pipe three feet under ground and covered with concrete it is still not protected from a muck lorry carrying a full load or a hay lorry with several tons on. My maintenance man Ryan knows the pipe by name and is brilliant at locating just where the leak has occurred.