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A very busy day in on the cards

Tuesday, 09 January 2018

"Each one of us should lead a life stirring enough to start a movement."

Max Lucado.

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Saint Anthony leading Ness of Brodgar

It’s a very calm, still morning and the temperature is not too bad. We have been able to get on well with the horses although still one non-runner through illness and one normal non-runner. One of the non-runners from yesterday is back, thank goodness, and everything is running smoothly. In fact I couldn’t be more delighted. 

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Bracken Brae watching proceedings

Our runner yesterday ran creditably to finish fifth and earned a little bit of prize money under the new distribution. She was only beaten a couple of lengths and I think a mile will be well within her compass. She is sure to win a race or two of this nature over the winter. We have no runners today, but one on Wednesday and two on Thursday. 

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The Dunaden ex Astrodiva two-year-old

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On the lunge lines

It looks good news that Matthew Hancock has been named the new culture secretary in yesterday’s cabinet reshuffle. He is very much involved in the racing scene as he represents Newmarket in parliament and has got practical experience of riding after taking part in a charity race last year. It should certainly help as we move forward.

There is also some movement with the formation of the new racing authority, which will be taking over from the Levy Board under the new funding mechanism. It will be interesting to see how this new committee works and where all the money is diverted to. These committees are sometimes jobs for the boys, as it certainly used to be with the Levy Board. Let’s hold out some hope though that this time we are moving in the right direction.

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Exercise over

I am having a very busy day today. Apart from training the horses and running the business, I am looking at stallions at several studs in the Newmarket Area. Both Richard Marriott and Max Franklin are coming with myself and Angie and there will be a great discussion afterwards on which stallions will suit their mares. It is not an exact science and there are plenty of ideas out there about what suits what and the best crosses. The three things I think that are important for breeding are conformation and health, soundness and good care of the mare during pregnancy and when the foal is at foot. How the youngsters are brought up and reared is a very important part of the business.