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It's a really cold day

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

"Sometimes we can’t let go of the pain because we think it’s the one thing holding us together."

Terri Guillemets.

Coming up the Cambridge Road Polytrack

It’s much colder this morning with a strongish wind and if you were standing out on the open heath, the chill goes right through you. We are very sheltered in the yard at Frankland Lodge and Hamilton Hill has plenty of trees, which also shelters you from the northern wind. I have been using the Cambridge Road again this morning with a couple of colts and three fillies coming 6 ½ furlongs on the polytrack. All has gone well. With a full complement of staff in, we have got on fine. I still need a couple of good riders and a yardman at the stud, plus if there are any apprentices out there, we have a great opportunity for one such person. All that is needed is some dedication, work ethic and the chances are there.

Working well

It is great to see Hereford reopen for jump racing today after its few years close down. It is a very popular track, with a well-drained turf surface and I am sure the crowd will enjoy some good and competitive racing there today. They will need big coats and woolly hats though as it will be absolutely brass monkey weather. It is a change for a track to reopen, rather than shut for good. 

Walking back after work

The December foal sales start today, with four days of hectic selling. The supposedly poorer pedigrees are today and it gets better as the week goes on. It was very competitive at Goffs last week, with people seemingly losing their heads when buying foals. There is no rhyme or reason to what happens as the old adage ‘a fool judges a foal’ often plays through. I think with the expansion of investment schemes and some not so clear ownership matters, it all helps to fan the flames, but saying all that there will be some genuine good walking foals that will go on to win plenty of races, and good luck to everybody. We have got the mares following on next week for another four or five days.