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Thursday, 26 July 2018

"Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers."

Hans Christian Andersen.

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Cantering up Hamilton Hill

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(L) Ginger Lady (R) Melo Pearl

I said I wasn’t going to mention it but it is going to be the warmest day of the year today and it certainly feels like it. We have been cracking on in the cool of the morning as best we can and with a full team in, we have been getting on well. Whoever invented polytracks gets a big slap on the back as without them we would be snookered.

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Roof Garden

There’s an interesting article by Bill Barber, the industry editor, in the Racing Post today. His three pieces are all very pertinent. He agrees with me about the photo finish situation and the need for cameras, which I wrote about yesterday. He talks about the new racing authority which is taking over form the Levy Board. It will be fascinating to see who gets the chairmanship of that group. He also talks about the BHA chairman and who will be taking over that position. There are only a certain amount of qualified people for these jobs and it always seems to me that the same old ones move from job to job. It is great money for some, but the industry needs the right people at the top and we don’t want to waste anymore of our money on second-raters. Let’s hope that the powers that be can make the right appointments.

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Garrison Law upsides Rum Ration

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Back at the yard after exercise

It is a shame to see that Justify, the undefeated Triple Crown winner in America, has been retired, but it just enforces my point that you must enjoy every moment with these horses as you never know when it is going to end. The owners involved with this horse would have had an unbelievable time and must be very disappointed it has come to an end, but they have at least had the biggest thrill anybody could have had, and he will have a very good life ahead at stud.