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Exercise has been kept close to home

Wednesday, 04 October 2017

"He who has a weak constitution becomes stronger by manual exercise than a robust man without it."

Xenophon.

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Enjoying the grass at Dullingham Park

It’s an overcast, slightly breezy morning, but dry and not too cold, although I do have two coats on at present. We have been keeping close to home this morning with two good canters on Hamilton Hill for the majority of the horses. All has gone well. We are still one down rider wise and one down in the yard. It just means more work for everybody else, but the ones we have are doing a great job.

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MHT found these out at exercise

At last the powers that be are starting to get the rules of racing into uniform order and the one that concerns interference in races, will now come in throughout Europe, including France for the first time. It is always tricky when going to other countries as their rules are different from one another and you can get caught out. I have been campaigning for a worldwide unification of horseracing rules, which would make it a lot easier and much better for the punters to understand. Every other sport seems to have one set of rules, but horseracing, for some unknown reason, have to be different. At least this is a start though and you will not get horses thrown out for a minor discretion, as they have been in the past. Also I think the padded whip that is in use will be another rule brought in. These rules must be for the better.

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Exercise over, making their way back to the yard

Weaning is in full swing now on the stud. The first lot went very well and they are onto the second batch this week. It is done in such a way that there is as little stress as possible on both mare and foal. There are always some mothers that are pleased to see the back of their offspring and ones that aren’t, but if you do it in the correct way, which Angie does, everybody soon settles down. It will be sad to see the two foster mothers leave us as they have been absolutely marvellous and brought both foals up really well. What a great service this is and there are so many studs very grateful.

 

What a beautiful morning

Tuesday, 03 October 2017

"One man’s daydreaming is another man’s day."

Terri Guillemets.

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The sun is coming up and it looks to be a beautiful day

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Newmarket Stands

It’s a blue sky morning with only a slight breeze, but the temperature feels to have dropped a few notches overnight. The forecast is for a band of rain Wednesday night, but that might not get down as far as us. I was smiling at myself when reading the going reports all over the country to see mostly soft, heavy in places, but Huntingdon was good, watering. Is he completely mad, of course he is he’s a clerk of the course? Why oh why anybody would want to water at this time of the year is beyond me and is completely unfair to any horse that wants good, or faster ground. We have been cantering on Southfield Turf, which is absolutely perfect, and although we have had two non-runners and a holiday maker, we are getting on well, as usual. My band of staff are doing a great job and I thank them.

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Indian Red

The non-runner finger is being pointed this morning, with a list being published that is trying to name and shame trainers who withdraw horses, for whatever reason. The BHA seems to have got a real bee in its bonnet about the non-runners and I suspect the bookmakers have been putting on a lot of pressure. One minute they want the injury rate on racecourses to go down, and then the next they are complaining about non-runners. Horse welfare must be the number one priority and with 48 hour declarations, anything can happen. Injuries, coughs and colds and the change in going make for reasons to have withdrawals. Common sense must prevail. I think this is the BHA making a mountain out of a molehill.

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Gee Sixty Six

The October 1 yearling sale starts today here in Newmarket and as usual the whole racing world has descended onto Park Paddocks. This is always a very odd sale as there is so much intrigue that goes on behind the scenes and in the ring. There will be a lot of interest in the Ballymacoll draft who have some marvellous families, but have sadly come to the decision to disband. It will also be interesting to see if Coolmore and Godolphin go head to head, plus there will be a lot of horses taken home that will not be changing hands. Next week’s October 2 and 3 will be much more realistic and the majority of winners will come from that sale.

 
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