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It's a beautiful bright morning

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

"Go for it now. The future is promised to no one."

Wayne Dyer.

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The Rowley Mile Stand in the gloom

It’s a very similar morning to yesterday, there is no wind at all and the sun is starting to come through quickly. It has been an easy morning with the horses, with a good long walk and trot for an hour and a quarter around Hamilton Hill. Both horses and staff have enjoyed it. The yearlings continue to progress and we have now ridden all the fillies. From next week onwards they can all go out in the string.

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Crossing over the road at first lot

We always try and find good homes for our horses as everybody knows, and Permera has gone off to her new one this morning. She has always showed a lot of promise and it was disappointing we couldn’t win with her. However, she has found a marvellous home in Bedfordshire where she will be turned out until the summer and then retrained to play polo cross, which is an up and coming sport in the equestrian world. Hopefully I will have some pictures to put on the site in the not too distant future.

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Velvet Vision (above and below) was ridden for the first time on Saturday

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It was the Gimcrack dinner at York this week where the owner of the winner has the platform to make a speech. John Ferguson did it this time on behalf of Sheik Mohammed whose horse won the race. I wasn’t there so can’t state it word for word, but the gist of it was that John had done the same thing 19 years ago. The theme then was the finances of racing needed sorting and as he said in this year’s speech, very little has changed, in fact if you take inflation into account we have gone severely backwards. A bookmaker who spoke at the same event was pushing for unity between the gambling and racing industry sectors and warning that betting on football was increasing, especially in the younger generation. But, as we all know, if horse racing wasn’t in the shops or available to bet on everywhere, it would be a major blow to the bookmakers. They need us certainly more than we need them and as I stated this week, if only we had a total monopoly where all horseracing bets were channelled through, we would be in clover.