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It is another really hot day

Monday, 19 June 2017

"There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet."

Brooke Medicine Eagle.

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Walking to first lot

It’s been so hot over the weekend with temperatures over 30 degrees and the forecast is for it to be similar today. We have been trying to get the horses in and out and washed over as quickly as possible. Everybody is working well and although we have one non-runner, we are not too hard pressed. I have been cantering very close to home on Hamilton Hill with all the lots.

09_Shadow
Astroshadow

Our runner at York was slightly disappointing and looks like he wants seven furlongs or a mile. He will need one more run for a handicap mark and then the one mile nurseries will be right up his street. York was certainly looking resplendent in the sunshine and the only downer about going is the travelling, with the roads stop-go all the way. They are doing the A14 from Cambridge to Huntingdon at present, which will eventually make it a great road, but it won’t be finished until 2020, which means 2023. 

16_Secret
Astrosecret

It is one of the best weeks of the year with Royal Ascot starting tomorrow and every race will be top class. Richard Marriott and I will be doing our tipping competition every day and I think to make it more interesting, we will have to pick one horse to be our nap on a daily basis, which will score double the odds if it wins. There have been quite a few high profile non-runners here this week and the ground will play a big part, as it will surely ride on the fast side unless the clerk of the course decides to put too much water on. This always alters the ground and affects the draw as you can never evenly water the course. If this weather keeps up I am sure we will have a few people fainting wearing morning suits, which are very warm. It will be similar to Trooping The Colour where five soldiers fainted at the weekend.