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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

"To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word 'boo'." 

Robert Brault.

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The weanling fillies at Deer Park

It's the coldest morning so far this winter with a bitter north east wind that bites through you when out on the Heath. I have been using the Cambridge Road polytrack for some fast work this morning and all has gone well. Hopefully we can have a couple of runners towards the weekend.

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Wendy Marriott with the weanling colts

If you know Newmarket and where all the stables are positioned you will understand what a fantastic place it is, but on these dark mornings there are plenty of roads to cross as we go to the gallops. It doesn't really matter where you are in town, it's very similar for everybody. It always amazes me how much traffic there is especially between half past six and half past seven. We have flashing lights on all the crossings, and staff and horses wear as much fluorescent clothing as they can, but we still have plenty of near misses and I just hope we don't have a bad incident this winter. I know the Jockey Club have been campaigning for years to get proper traffic lights on some of the more dangerous crossings and let's hope they are successful as it would be a tremendous help to the riders.

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The ducks and geese at Dullingham

What great news it is that Enable will be staying in training in 2019, and a big boost to Newmarket as well. She is still only very lightly raced and had to get over quite a few problems during the year. I' m sure her programme will be geared to winning her third Arc which has never been done, and I wouldn't put it passed her doing it. She is one of the best fillies that I have ever seen.



 

It is certainly a lot colder this morning

Monday, 19 November 2018

"I never think of the future – it comes soon enough."

Albert Einstein.

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Velvet Vista

It’s much colder this morning although it is bright and clear. The forecast is for it to stay like this all week and we could get some heavy showers as the wind picks up. With the wind direction from the north east winter is starting to get its grip. We have a full complement of riders in and have been doing a Monday morning canter on Southfields Round, plus the yearling colts have had a good exercise on the yearling ground around Hamilton Hill.

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Astromerry

The big Cheltenham three day November meeting went off with plenty of spectators on Friday and Saturday, but it looked thinner on the ground on Sunday and I think three days at this meeting is a bit much. There were plenty of fallers but luckily no real damage to horses or jockeys. They also took every precaution with the low sun on all three days. It makes these races a bit of a farce though as it is nearly a flat race rather than a hurdle. It was pleasing to see a few different owners and trainers win some of the money and let’s hope that situation continues during the year.

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Rosie Scot walking back to the yard

There is a very good piece by Lee Mottershead in the Racing Post today on how the sport could encourage new owners. In Australia every owners name is able to go on the race card and this seems to be a massive success. Also all the owners are allowed in the paddock and winners enclosure. I am sure the BHA are looking at ways to help and encourage owners in England, but the registration process and costs are horrendous and very off-putting, especially when the owners have to do it themselves. It is all about data protection, or that is what we are told, and I can’t see anything changing soon, mores the pity.

 
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