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I am definitely on my soapbox today ....

The rain is just beginning to fall

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

"There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them."

Charles D. Gill.

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Warming up in the trotting ring

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Cantering on the Rubbing House polytrack

It was an overcast start to the day and we have now started to get some steady rain as the morning progresses. As we write this there is a good downpour hitting the office roof. We have managed to get two lots out before the rain hit us, and everything has gone well so far. We have been using the Rubbing House canter and Southfields Round. All the staff are in, with the flag flying.

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Astroshadow out in the paddock yesterday

We have had plenty of visitors this morning, with Ray and Angela Smith calling in to see Koin and to give me some money for the commentary competition, thank you very much, and Harry Coldbeck dropping in on the way to a meeting in Bury St Edmunds. The yard is always open house and the owners are encouraged to pop in at any time to see their horses and to have a chat, plus get filled up with tea and coffee and cakes. The fundraising is going very well and thanks to everybody who has contributed. The Newmarket team has raised well over 50% of what we are aiming for and I am sure we will get there will everybody’s help. My Just Giving link is below  
https://www.justgiving.com/search?q=mark%20tompkins&type=onesearch

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Owners Ray and Angela Smith visiting Koin

It was the start of the first British yearling sale yesterday with Doncaster / Goffs having their Premier Sale. There have been plenty of winners coming out of this sale in the past, but the amount of money being spent of horses yesterday looks to be beyond comprehension. The median was £36,500, (that is guineas), so say £40,000, and the average was £53,268. With the prize money as it is, it is a good job a lot of these have been bought by people who certainly don’t need to look where their next pound is coming from. Good luck to the consigners I say who are certainly reaping their rewards, but the man in the street has got to win the lottery before he can start to own a racehorse nowadays.