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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Cantering this morning

It has certainly started to get much colder and I had plenty of layers on when out on the heath for the first two lots. We are starting to get a good breeze as well and with no shelter, you are having to act like a penguin to keep warm. It is a little known fact that penguins in the Antarctic constantly rock back and forward to stop themselves freezing to the ice. It wasn’t quite that cold but soon will be. We have had a very good morning with the horses so far. They are all in good cantering work, everybody is working well and I couldn’t be more pleased at present.

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The stalls on racecourse side

We have now started to get the mares in the foaling boxes, but as yet none have produced. We do have one due today, but looks to be a while off yet, and one due on the 27th, but with this cold weather I am sure they will be hanging on a bit longer. It is amazing how quickly it all comes round.

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The two-year-olds walking through the open stalls

Racing Welfare and Liverpool University have launched a survey to explore the relationship between working in racing and a person’s wellbeing. I am not sure what the new survey is meant to prove or not prove. It sounds to me like it is just a box ticking exercise rather than that it will get us anywhere. The money that is being spent would be far better being spent on a crèche for the racing staff in the big racing centres. There is a big demand for such a place in Newmarket and I am sure also in Lambourn, Middleham and Malton. It would encourage young mothers to keep working in the industry, knowing that they have got good care for their child at the right time of day. I would encourage all the charity’s, plus NARS, to concentrate their minds on this subject.