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The heaters went on this morning

Thursday, 14 September 2017

"Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase."

Joseph Pilates.

The stands in the distance

On the way to the Rubbing House Polytrack

It’s much colder this morning. In fact I put the heaters on in the offices first thing, which is something I haven’t done for a while. There is a cold wind, as well as quite wet rain and the horses will have to have their big rugs on from now on, or their coats will soon be going and the clippers will be coming out. The flag was up this morning with everybody in and we have been cantering on the Rubbing House Polytrack and Hamilton Hill. All has gone well so far.

Indian Red

Gee Sixty Six didn’t run too badly last night, but I think he just needed the run. The one good thing was he settled well, and once in a lower grade, he will soon be winning. He will also jump hurdles as he has size and scope and we have already popped him over a few logs to give him the idea. It looks like we may have one or two horses to hurdle this winter and we will be starting to get on with them during the next month.

Steam cleaning the horse boxes

Both boxes were steamed cleaned first thing today in preparation for moving in foal mares about, which is happening this morning. We have at present several bits of land that we use to keep all the stud stock on and Angie will be sorting them out into their winter paddocks. It is a never ending cycle of foaling, weaning, yearlings, but it all works brilliantly well and everybody on the stud does a tremendous job.


We have one runner today at Kempton

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

"For you see, each day I love you more

Today more than yesterday and less then tomorrow."

Rosemonde Gerard.

Bracken Brae

It is a very windy morning, but as yet no rain. The forecast is for it to hit us later on today and stay like it for the next few days. It has not been a very nice morning so far, with a non-runner on the rider’s front and a horse having to visit the vet when pulling up lame at first lot. It’s just part of a trainer’s life, unfortunately, when these things happen. We are all like headmasters where children do sometimes get injured and hurt themselves. We are so very lucky here in Newmarket having the world’s best vets very close to hand and at 7.30, I had two of the highest ranking surgeons and equine vets looking at x-rays. Their experience is second to none and they can soon evaluate any problem. In this case it looks like time will be the cure.

Lost The Moon

It was very soft ground yesterday at Leicester and only the fittest of horses came to the fore. Astrofire ran a sound, sensible race and she will improve considerably for it. Everything was fancied and I think we will see a big improvement next time out, over a bit further. Koin was disappointing once again and we may have to find her a new vocation.

We have one runner today, tonight at Kempton where Gee Sixty Six runs in the 7.45. This is quite a competitive race and it will be fascinating to see how he goes as he has run his best race on a right handed track (Sandown) and last time he was much too fresh for his own good.

Velvet Vision

It is the start of the Doncaster St Leger meeting today with the Legends race bringing all the old jockeys out of retirement at 3.50. It is all run for charity and I think the majority of it goes to Jack Berry House. There will be a few puffing and panting afterwards and I don’t mean the horses. Good luck to them all.


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