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It was great to see Fahad

Tuesday, 07 August 2018

"The language of friendship is not words but meanings."
Henry David Thoreau.

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 (L)Astrofire & Velvet Voice and (R) Indian Red

It was an unbelievably warm day yesterday and I think today will be very similar, but it could be the end for at least a few days as the jet stream is evidently moving lower in the atmostphere which should bring back normal temperatures. A good morning on the yard once again with everything running smoothly. A few have done fast work but the majority have been doing normal exercise canters.

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True Calling

I see the owner of the horse that was banned for six months after refusing to go into the stalls at Goodwood is up in arms about the penalty that the horse received. We had a horse that had the same thing happen to him last year and this rule certainly needs looking at once again. He quite rightly, in my mind, says if the horse had been owned by Godolphin or Coolmore it would have been handled differently. Sometimes these horses are rushed and are expected to behave like lambs and on this occasion I think the connections have a point. I hope when considering this case, if the authorities ever do, they will reflect on the rules generally as we have mentioned before there are many areas which should be addressed - for example when jockeys break the rules but they still keep the race.

fahad

Fahad

It was great to see Fahad once again who spent time with us last year. He is a trainer from Saudi Arabia who finished fourth in the trainers' table this year. He is such an enthusiast and constantly wants to learn and improve. Horse racing in Saudi is very much on the up, as is the country generally. They have a real love of all sports and football and racing are great favourites. There are plans afoot for a massive race to be held in the future on a track which is of international standards. I'm sure Fahad will be involved and we wish him well for next season.