Onwards and upwards ...

Rubbing House polytrack redesigned

Thursday, 15 November 2018

"The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour. "

Japanese Proverb.

Astrojewel at first lot

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Astrobreeze (L) and Astrojewel (R)

 It's another glorious morning and it is unbelievably mild. This is mid November and as yet we haven't had any hard frosts or snow! It may be that we shall pay for it later on, but being out on the Heath in the sunshine with no wind and seeing the glorious colours of autumn, is an experience you could not buy. Southfields Round canter has been the gentle cantering excercise for most of the horses this morning. All has gone well.


Ness of Brodgar

The ground on the courses is still causing plenty of problems with a long awaited chasing debut yesterday at Exeter postponed at the last minute due to the ground conditions. This problem is especially important in the National Hunt game as horses can so easily be injured or be jarred up from running on unsuitable going. Clerks of the courses have a very tricky job to keep everybody happy, but let me implore them to be always honest with their going reports. 


Rosie Scot leads the way

The Jockey Club have been very lucky with this weather as the contractors have been able to crack on with the redesigned Rubbing House polytrack. They are taking the dip out and realigning the bend so that the whole gallop will ride much more smoothly. With the weather as it is, hopefully they should be able to get it done in quicker time than expected. It will certainly be a big improvement and the trainers thank the Jockey Club for listening to our advice. It is a very expensive job as there is plenty of draining and ground work to do before the top surface is applied. It is vital to get this right in the first place.

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The Rubbing House canter being realigned

We have started the hedge cutting at Sarabex and Dullingham getting the hedges into shape for winter. It is always best to do this at this time of year when birds are not nesting and we like to leave the job until the leaves are nearly off the bushes to avoid too much debris and the berries have been taken by the wildlife.


Tim and Willlie with the yearling filly Topanticipation