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Friday, 16 November 2018

"A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it."
Jean de La Fontaine.

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Babochoff walking to the Round canter

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... and out cantering

It’s much more overcast this morning and although we still have no wind it is a few degrees cooler. If you believe what the forecasters are telling us the temperature is set to drop from this weekend onwards. The horses have been cantering on Southfields Round once again as with the Rubbing House being shut everybody is slightly restricted as to what cantering grounds are open for the next few weeks. I think the surface on the Round is very good and the horses can get into a nice rhythm and get fit without knowing it. We have had a quietish week after the flu jabs, but all has gone well.

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Legging up for third lot

I see the whip rule has certainly raised its head again with one trainer thinking the best plan would be for the jockeys who break the rules to miss the next festival. I am not sure if that is the best solution and we all seem to be thinking of the punters rather than the participants. The gamblers would fully understand the rule and the jockeys would soon learn to count if horses were disqualified from whatever position they finished. If you had backed the winner and it had been thrown out you would understand and if you had backed the second that subsequently got the race, you would be delighted. It's not rocket science and would very quickly sort the matter out. I just can’t understand how the BHA seems so reluctant.

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Receiving a delivery of hay

It’s the big Cheltenham November meeting today and tomorrow with very good racing on both days. I am sure the crowds will enjoy the spectacle and let’s hope that  the new rail system works on the run in. As you know a couple of horse ducked out at the last meeting and it was lucky that no injury occurred to either man or horse. At our premier National Hunt track everything should run smoothly as they are always in the spotlights.

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Autumn leaves

If the call for the Galway Light Festival in the summer in Great Britain is taken up I would think Tom Kerr is pretty close to the mark when he suggests Newcastle might be the place. With its jump and all-weather flat track they could have a mixed meeting all week and Newcastle and the surrounding area have plenty of sport and nightlife to keep everybody happy. It could be a runner if the right week was selected.