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Another foal at the weekend

Monday, 26 March 2018

"Time strode with the swiftness of spring blossoms."

Terri Guillemets.

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Newmarket will soon be hosting the first classics

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It's a bright crisp morning and as the light came up there was a slight ground frost. We've no wind though so the temperature doesn't feel too bad. Everybody who should be is in today, although that wasn't the case on Saturday morning when I had a few non runners. This morning we are cantering on Hamilton Hill and the horses are all showing signs of well being.

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Jewelled with her newly delivered Ruler of the World filly

We had another foal at the weekend. Jewelled had a filly foal by Ruler Of The World. It was not straightforward but once again our stud groom, David, was on the ball and showed his experience. All the team work brilliantly together and we are starting to get a really good collection of foals on the ground. I think we have four more mares to go and what we really need now is some warm weather to help the grass grow, but I am sure it will come soon.

         battery_power1    Magick_cover              Battery Power off to visit Nathaniel and Astromagick to visit Night of Thunder

                                                 Astromagick has a Charm Spirit colt at foot

With the weather like it is the ground staff at the racecourse have had the frost covers down to protect the last mile of the course. I have never been a great fan of these frost covers and just don't understand the thinking behind it. To my mind it can makes the grass much weaker. It is not long before the Craven meeting and the Guineas will come quickly after that. The undulations and the ground have been deteriorating on both Newmarket courses for the last ten years or so. I believe it is all to do with watering, and on these so called heathland courses they should leave it to nature rather than try to change them.