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We have one runner today at Southwell

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

"We lack resolve and blame fate, mistaking the drift for the tides."

Robert Brault.

Sunrise
The sunrise over Newmarket this morning

It’s a bitterly cold morning with a strong wind which is making it even worse. The forecast is for rain later - typical February weather. We have had a good morning so far with some fast work done on the Cambridge Road and good conditioning cantering closer to home. All riders who should be here are in and one of the yard staff, who has been off through illness, is back in as well. We have also had a new starter on the stud, but that has only slightly helped as we have had one off with illness there as well.

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Ginger Lady

We have one runner today at the only meeting of the day. The two jump meetings have been abandoned, so the exotic surroundings of Southwell will be central to the racing world. Our runner, Velvet Voice, is in the first at 2.20, the mile and a half apprentice handicap. I am using Gary Mahon, an apprentice with Richard Hannon. We will have to see how he gets on. We have a bad draw, which doesn’t help things and it is the filly's first time on the fibresand. Her mother liked it though and we can be hopeful of a good run if she takes to it and gets lucky in the race.

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Astrojewel

Our overdue mares are getting bigger, but I think the cold weather is keeping them from foaling. It is amazing how nature works as I am sure they think they are not going to have them in this sort of weather. We have had one foal in the vets for a week, but it is hopefully going to come home today. He had a setback early on which required some constant care and we are so lucky to have the most brilliant vets in the world in Newmarket. There is 24 hour cover, both veterinary and nursing wise, and but for them, there would be so many more foals lost each year.