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The heath staff are working hard

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

"A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself."

May Sarton.

Velvet Voice

It’s a really warm morning once again. Yesterday was the hottest day of the year here in Suffolk, well over 33 degrees and it is forecast to reach 35 as the week goes on. If you are up and about at 5.30 as we are it is the perfect temperature to tend horses and we are getting three lots out before 9 o’clock. The team are working really well in this heat. As normal we have been using the polytracks on Racecourse Side. The heath staff have been keeping the walking grounds watered and are also mixing some old polytrack in to try to keep the dust down. At least they are trying.

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Walking to the washbox for a nice cold shower

We have had a busy morning at the stud with horses moving backwards and forwards. We had a foal in the hospital, which had a little problem, but that is sorted out now and we picked mother and foal up this morning to bring them home. It was very touching when all the others acknowledged that she was back. We are so very lucky in Newmarket having the best vet practices in the world. There are so many experts and there is always somebody who knows how to help.

Belle Bayeux out at third lot

I see the headlines on the front of the Post are about field sizes and if the weather is affecting them. I don’t think the weather makes too much difference at the moment, although maybe at Bath where they call the ground firm, but it is actually hard. I just think at this time of year there is so much racing and therefore less horses in each race. If the costs continue to rise at a quicker rate than the prize money, field sizes will continue to get smaller. I am sure that the powers that be know this and hopefully will be getting government help in the right direction.