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It was very nice to have a visit

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

"But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold."

Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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Pageant Master and Isaac Murphy

It started very overcast and quite cool, but has quickly got warmer and blue sky is appearing. It’s a quietish morning with the horses cantering wise and we have had a visit from my brother, my nephew and great niece and nephew to see the horse they have a part share in. A full complement of staff in and everything has gone well.

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My brother David and his family

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Watching the horses cantering

The race wasn’t run particularly to suit Ginger Lady last night. It was a real stop go gallop, and she could never get into a steady rhythm. I will be trying her on the turf next time which I think should suit her. She has plenty of ability and should be winning races before too long.

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Garrel Glen

There are headlines on the front of the Post today which we don’t want to see with a trainer fined a considerable amount and her father banned for several years. This was all from a sample that was taken in 2016 in what was a retrospective test of a sample. This case will certainly put in every trainers mind the importance of keeping their medical records up to date and to ensure that they are aware of withdrawal times of anything that is given to their horses. Our vets are brilliant today and veterinary science is changing all the time. In my opinion British racing is the cleanest racing in the world and this was just a very unfortunate case. The strict liability rules, which the BHA is insisting every trainer is under, are all well and good, but there is no yard in the country that somebody couldn’t enter and give a horse something without the trainer’s knowledge.