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The yearlings are coming on well

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

"It is some relief to weep; grief is satisfied and carried off by tears."

Ovid.

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Mr Turner leading the yearlings

The mild spell is still hanging on and with no wind and just a little drizzle it is another one of those not very nice autumn mornings. We have been getting on ok with the horses cantering, but only gently after their flu jabs and the only one we are going to run this week, Bracken Brae, doing a pipe opener. All went well. The new yearlings are starting to get the idea much better and although a bit thick at present, they are picking up what is required quickly. It is just like children going to school for the first time, everything that is new to them they love. 

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It's all new ...

The sales season never seems to end with sale upon sale upon sale and at present we have got Keeneland November, Arqana Autumn and Goffs November. There are so many horses for sale it is unbelievable and I think sooner or later there will be just too many horses and not enough buyers. The first two days of the Goffs foal season has seen both the average and median drop and a lot of unsold lots. It will be interesting to see what happens this next season especially in Ireland with their foal numbers.

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... but they are doing so well

It was very sad to read of the death of Denys Smith who was a proper horseman and trainer. He won more than 1,600 races and we all remember him for winning the Grand National with Red Alligator in 1968. He could train anything and was a real dual purpose trainer, in fact he trained more flat winners than jump winners. There are a lot of people around who benefited from his knowledge and experience and I am afraid it is the end of another era when a horseman like him departs this world. Our condolences go to all his family.