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Friday, 12 October 2018

"Life is more fun if you play games."

Roald Dahl.

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Sunrise over Newmarket

It’s a bright and windy morning and we seem to have missed all the heavy rain which has gone northwards. We did have a quick shower at first lot which created a rainbow and there was a very attractive sunrise. We are desperate for some rain now and I am sure the ground at Newmarket will be on the fast side for the next couple of days. Two lots worked on the Peat Moss turf which is still in great condition and thank goodness we have got it. All went well and a few of the backward horses are now starting to shape up. Hopefully we can have some runners next week.

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Is there a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

It is the Future Champions this weekend here in Newmarket with plenty of top youngster on show, the highlight being the Dewhurst on Saturday. We also have the £ ½ million Cesarewitch with 34 runners going over the two mile two furlong course. They start in Cambridgeshire and finish in Suffolk. I am sure it will be quite enlightening with the two-year-old races, both today and tomorrow. A lot of bubbles burst but a few dreams made.

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The suns now up and Astrofire is leading Ness Of Brodgar

There is plenty of chat in all the newspapers about the bookmarkers advertising on TV. It is not only on the racing channels that you get inundated, it is all the normal ones as well. There are more and more offers and encouragement to bet and all before the watershed at 9 o’clock. Football, cricket golf and even tennis have betting adverts constantly. We also have bingo and lottery pushed down our throats, which is gambling as well. It must all work though as these are the only adverts that we seem to get, although there has been a lot of ‘plan for your own funeral’ ones as well, which I see is now beginning to come under some review for being unregulated. These adverts all keep the TV channels going and without them there would be less of them being able to continue, but wouldn’t it be nice without any gambling adverts. I am not sure it will happen though as the industry pays a lot of tax to the government.

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(L-R) Sir Percy ex Astrodiva and Rainford

I see Silvestre De Sousa has got a ban of 18 days under the totting up procedure. He is champion jockey elect this year and the one thing you know about Sylvestre is that every time he rides, and it doesn’t matter what type of horse he rides, whether in the lowest of the low or a Group 1, he will give you 100%. From an owner and trainer point of view that is all you can expect. The other good thing on why he gets so many good rides is that he is lucky that he is a low weight. I can never understand why he doesn’t get rides in all the top races though as he is certainly good enough as he has proved over the years.

 

We had some rain overnight

Thursday, 11 October 2018

"A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work."

Anon.

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Velvet Voice

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Rosie Scot

It’s a bright sunny morning once again with a slight breeze. At some time during the night we must have had a good shower of rain as there were a few puddles as I drove in first thing Most of the country will be getting plenty of rain this weekend and let’s hope, although it is not forecast, that the east of England gets some as well. We have a good lot of people in once again and the horses have been getting a good healthy exercise on the polytracks as normal. All has gone well.

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Second lot walking home

I see the bookmakers in Ireland are up in arms about the small increase in betting tax. It will be fascinating to see how many shops do actually shut and what income is generated from it. Let’s hope, as the Irish columnist in the Racing Post today says, that Horseracing Ireland spends any extra money wisely. It would not be good if the money were spent at the top of racing once again. It must be aimed at the middle and lower sectors and the programme book tweaked so that there is more imaginative race planning, so giving others a chance of surviving. Where have I heard myself say that before? It certainly needs to happen here and quickly. As the sales this week shows, there are three or four big teams and the rest are nowhere. I am sure that next week Book 2 will be interesting and then Book 3 and 4 will be very enlightening. We have just received the catalogue for the Horses In Training sale and there are over 1600 horses entered. A tremendous percentage of what is actually in training. I am sure these horses will all find homes as Tattersalls do a great job of bringing overseas buyers in, but we need to encourage home grown owners and people to keep them in training in the UK. We will only do that by increasing the prize money and giving everybody a chance with a level playing field.

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Rainford with the saddle on and learning the next stage

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Going well

Tim is getting stuck into the yearlings now with saddles, side reins and long reins on them all. These young horses are so trusting and it is a great credit to our stud staff that do such a great job. We break horses the old fashioned way, taking it quietly and slowly and not rushing them. Plenty of driving them about gives them a good mouth so when the riders are actually on, they can steer them without too many problems. We will then start to go out in groups and do figures of eights and canter steadily. Kindness is number one on our list and giving the horses confidence to go forward is the next.

 
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