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Will we feel the full force of Storm Hector today?

Thursday, 14 June 2018

"Forgiving is rediscovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you."

Dodinsky.

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Roof Garden leading Isaac Murphy

It started off quite calm this morning but as the time has gone on the wind has got up and clouds have been rolling in. As yet there is no rain and I don’t think we will get much but this wind will keep drying the ground even quicker than it has been doing. We are having a good morning once again with plenty of people in and we have been using the Rubbing House polytrack for the daily exercise. All has gone well.

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Four Fifty Three with the Newmarket stands in the background

Unfortunately Astroblaze will not be running today at Yarmouth as she was not quite right this morning. She may have pulled a muscle overnight. It shouldn’t take long but it is just disappointing as it was a perfect race for her and on a course that she would have liked. I am very happy with how the horses look at present and they are all going very well in their faster pieces. We will be having plenty of runners very soon, it is just frustrating for today.

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(L) True Calling (R) Velvet Voice

I don’t know whether you have seen the YouTube video of Ryan Moore and David Walliams, plus Billy Jenkins who plays his son. There are three short videos so far with a few more planned. It is all about encouraging people to go racing and getting it across that children go free. This is the best thing that Great British Racing has ever done. I don’t know how much it will all have cost, but these are good sketches and let’s hope they work in encouraging people towards our sport. The sketches can be found on the Racing Post site or google ‘Horsing Around Great British Racing’ on YouTube.

 

I can't see the rain coming

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

"Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful."

Jim Carrey.

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Indian Red and Saint Anthony walking to the schooling ground

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Jumping  the tyres

It’s a warm start with no wind whatsoever and as the day has gone on it has got hotter and hotter. The forecast was for it to get cooler tomorrow with a drop of rain, but at present I can’t see that happening. We have had a very good morning work wise with everybody in and the horses working well, a couple of schoolers, four through the stalls and some owners visiting to see their horse canter at third lot.

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Over the all-weather hurdles

I see Ascot is going to tighten security measures for their big meeting next week. There will be more policemen, sniffer dogs and security people patrolling the racecourse plus they will be breath testing racegoers as they come in. The few incidents we have had recently have certainly concentrated the mind and let’s hope these measures mean we have a trouble free week. Let’s hope it is not too little too late. I also see horses have tested positive for cocaine. That will be an interesting enquiry!

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Jumping well

It was brought up at the weekend and there is an article today in the Racing Post about the new claiming handicaps which the BHA is trying to introduce into the racing programme. This is to suit horses that are high in the handicap but can’t win a race. You can supposedly handicap them yourself with a claiming price to suit. Claimers and sellers have always been part of our programme and were always very popular, but for some reason they have been phased out throughout the years. These new races could prove popular but claiming must be beforehand as the system of being able to claim after the event always causes some aggro and doesn’t work.

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Upsides

 
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