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It's quite a bright day today

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."

Joseph Campbell.

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Topapinion ready for third lot

It’s a bright morning after a very cold and wet night. Bands of rain are forecast but thank goodness, as yet, they have not arrived. We have been doing normal conditioning canters and with everybody in and working well, we have had no problems. We could do with some warmer weather though and I can’t wait for February to be over and start to move forward into proper spring. With the amount of rain we have had over the last couple of months it must soon end and then we can get a spell of dry spring weather.

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TTMAB

Our runner yesterday hated every minute of the Southwell track. You could see cantering down that she wasn’t moving fluently on it and the kickback in the race just compounded her day. If you don’t try it, you don’t get anywhere, but she will certainly not be going back there and we can disregard yesterday’s run. I thought the jockey conducted himself very well, was intelligent, tidy and professional. If he gets a bit of luck, he can certainly make a living in the industry.

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Cantering on Hamilton Hill

There have been a few jockeys retire from the saddle recently for many different reasons, but it is hard for them all to make a living, even with the amount of racing that we have got to put up with. This has always been the case though and it is nothing new that people retire and try something different, whether they leave the industry altogether, or continue in another aspect of it. The jockeys association have a good retraining programme with plenty of advice for another career, they also assist with funding, which always helps. As the saying goes ‘when one door shuts, another one opens’, and fate plays a huge part in all our lives.