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What a wet weekend

Monday, 18 September 2017

"The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it."

Chinese proverb.

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Pulling out for second lot...

It’s been an unbelievably wet weekend. It’s just never stopped raining and we must have had well over two inches of rain. In fact I am sure it was a lot more. Perhaps we have just been unlucky with the weather and other parts of the country may not have had it, but hopefully it will start to dry up for the rest of the week. We have had a good morning cantering, with the horses all looking and moving well. They are still eating well and are hanging onto their coats, which is always a problem at this time of year. The old adage was ‘Ayr Gold Cup week, start to put two rugs back on them and make sure that the clippers are in working order’. We have seen several horses that are clipped already and I am sure it won’t be long before we are hearing the whirl of clipper blades.

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Legging up...

It was a great race for the St Leger on Saturday, with the marvellous finish fought out by very talented and game horses. It was watched by a really big crowd as well, which really gives this oldest classic a boost. You will have some people complaining about the pacemaker tactics, but I think it made for a good race and whether you should link the same owner’s runners together for betting purposes, is something for future thought. It is done in France, but with all the different partnerships, it would be a bit trickier to do over here. 

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... and on the gallop

There was some very sad news over the weekend of the death of Geoff Wragg. He was one of the very best trainers Newmarket has ever produced. Geoff was a gentleman through and through, quiet, unassuming, very loyal to his staff and owners and a very very good trainer. He loved all sorts of gadgets and was a great innovator in that he brought in timing and weighing horses before most people had thought of it. It really is an end of an era and our thoughts are with his wife, Trish, at this time.