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Wednesday, 08 August 2012

"Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself."

Author Unknown.

Astroscarlet

Astroscarlet

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Picking grass

A very odd morning weather-wise with big rain showers followed by warm sun. Most of the morning we have been cantering on the grass up Long Hill which, as I said yesterday, is in tremendous shape. All has gone well so far.

We have been inundated by a group of visitors from the racing museum in Newmarket with a mixture of nationalities including Mexican and Indian - all very interested and asking numerous questions on how it is all done. I am sure I have baffled them with science. I hope they understood Yorkshire and, while on that subject, if we were a country on our own we would be sitting tenth in the medal table in the Olympics, way above Australia!

Dine_out_2                                                         Dine Out off for her swim...        

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and coming back

We have two runners tonight at Yarmouth. It will be miners' helmet time when we get to our races at 7.50 and 8.20, but I am sure both will run well if the jockeys can see where they are going. Astroscarlet has been a model of consistency so far and, on grass for the first time this year, I am sure will run another sound race. Jennifer J has run really good races to finish second the last twice and I am hoping this step up in trip will work the oracle.

There are a couple of interesting articles which should be read in today's Racing Post, one by the now retired Howard Wright on how racing has changed since he started his career. This is a two-part article and I think he has laid out very well how the industry has developed over the years. The second part will appear tomorrow.

The other article is by Julian Muscat on who would be our racing team in the Olympics. He very kindly mentions me in the golf section for the longest drive. There are no claims on just how far it went but it was it was massive and I can remember it as if it was yesterday. We were  playing at Barnham Broom in a charity match and I hit a ball like an Exocet missile. We passed all three of my playing partners' balls on our way to find mine which had just kept going. There were plenty of witnesses and it was a complete one-off shot, but I still take the credit.  I must say Tiger Woods has nothing to fear unless my handicap mark goes up even more.

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Optimistic and her filly foal (Halling) were weaned yesterday 

   Optimistic

as was Azure Mist (below) and her Champs Elysees filly

(with apologies for the quality of the photo)

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