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The horses are really shaping up well

Thursday, 17 January 2019

"Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while."

Kin Hubbard.

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Cantering on Southfields Round

It started off very overcast and dark for first lot but it has progressively got much lighter and, apart from one short sharp snow shower, it looks like being a cold but dry day. As yet we have very little wind, which once again is helpful. We have a good lot of riders in again so there is no hold up with the horses and we have been using Southfields Round canter as our main exercise of the day. All has gone well so far. I know it is only January but the horses are certainly starting to shape up and everybody is pulling together as a team.

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Roof Garden walking round the yard

There was a terrible accident on Tuesday in Scotland which resulted in the very sad death of a work rider and her horse when it suffered a ruptured artery and the tragic incident happened. It is very hard to understand how anybody can come to terms with the dreadful event and our condolences go out to all concerned. We have had similar incidents like this once or twice in Newmarket over the years but when you are dealing with animals unfortunately these things do happen. All measures are taken to avoid them but sometimes they are out of anybody’s control, but it is a stark warning to us all, and the whole industry, to keep up the good work of horse and human welfare.

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Equiano ex Missouri pulling out for third lot

I see in Bill Barber’s piece today he thinks the Levy Board will remain and the new racing authority, which was supposed to come in, seems to be floundering. I don’t know if it is only me but I can never quite understand, or nobody has explained it in English, what the difference was going to be. The one thing I do know is that the Levy Board was a cumbersome government run quango, usually headed by a wet, easily manipulated old politician who knew very little about our sport. I still don’t understand the ins and outs of what is happening, which is a shame really, but I am sure I am not alone in this matter as there is so much cloak and dagger going on behind the scenes. The one thing I do know is that racing needs to increase its prize money quickly or else we will be in an owner’s crisis, never mind a staff one.

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Alan Lury, the winner of the Christmas Quiz

Congratulations go to Alan Lury who won our Christmas quiz and called in to collect his prize yesterday. He said he thoroughly enjoyed doing it and his wife was delighted as it kept him quiet over the Christmas period.