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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

"To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word 'boo'." 

Robert Brault.

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The weanling fillies at Deer Park

It's the coldest morning so far this winter with a bitter north east wind that bites through you when out on the Heath. I have been using the Cambridge Road polytrack for some fast work this morning and all has gone well. Hopefully we can have a couple of runners towards the weekend.

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Wendy Marriott with the weanling colts

If you know Newmarket and where all the stables are positioned you will understand what a fantastic place it is, but on these dark mornings there are plenty of roads to cross as we go to the gallops. It doesn't really matter where you are in town, it's very similar for everybody. It always amazes me how much traffic there is especially between half past six and half past seven. We have flashing lights on all the crossings, and staff and horses wear as much fluorescent clothing as they can, but we still have plenty of near misses and I just hope we don't have a bad incident this winter. I know the Jockey Club have been campaigning for years to get proper traffic lights on some of the more dangerous crossings and let's hope they are successful as it would be a tremendous help to the riders.

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The ducks and geese at Dullingham

What great news it is that Enable will be staying in training in 2019, and a big boost to Newmarket as well. She is still only very lightly raced and had to get over quite a few problems during the year. I' m sure her programme will be geared to winning her third Arc which has never been done, and I wouldn't put it passed her doing it. She is one of the best fillies that I have ever seen.