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It;s a beautiful crisp winters morning

Thursday, 31 January 2019

"Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends."

Shirley MacLaine.

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Mares on the stud having fun in the snow yesterday

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Rosie Scot turned out 

There was a very hard frost overnight but it is a beautiful morning now, with a bright blue sky and no wind. We are very lucky that the heathmen are out at all hours putting salt and grit down on the walking grounds. In the olden days we would not have been able to do any exercise with the horses, except trot them round the yard on a straw bed. With the invention of the all-weather surface you can keep them going every day of the year. We have plenty of people in this morning and all the horses are having a good exercise, although, because of the conditions, we have had to be very careful. All has gone well.

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Even the yearlings are enjoying the snow

There are two completely different articles in the Racing Post today on the BHA policies. One is by Richard Forristal who says the BHA is influenced by too many minority groups who don’t understand horses and the other is by Bruce Millington with the opposite opinion. He thinks that the reaction from industry professionals is excessive. Whichever way you come down we certainly need a leader, whether it be the BHA, the Trainers’ Associations or the Jockey’s Association. All three have been very quiet and tend to sit on the fence rather than be forthright and put across the professionals point of view. I tend to agree with Charlie Mann’s comment who said ‘they are a bunch of grey suited idiots that are completely out of touch with what we do’.

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Cantering on the heath at first lot

With my chairman of the Newmarket Trainers Federation hat on I was delighted to see Cliff Lines go into retirement with a winner yesterday. He won the seven furlong maiden handicap at Lingfield last night with Catapult. Cliff was one of the proper people in the industry. He worked for Noel Murless and Sir Michael Stoute and rode so many good horses over the years. A work rider who could tell you something, educate the horses but also love them. A very rare commodity nowadays. We wish him well in his retirement.