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Happy New Year to one and all

Thursday, 03 January 2019

"There’s much to be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it."

Diana Trilling.

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A January sunrise

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Astrosparkle

It is quite a bit cooler this morning but no wind so at least that is helping keep the temperature about normal. The forecast is for it to get much colder and I think we should have some snow by the end of January. It is always good to have a cold snap as it kills plenty of the bugs going round. We have a reasonable amount of riders in today and have had a good morning getting the horses out on the heath. One or two were a bit fresh, as you would expect after the Christmas and New Year break, but on the whole they have all been very good and cantering away. I don’t think we will have any runners this week but there are one or two pencilled in for the next week.

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True Calling

I hope everybody had a very good Christmas and New Year and if you have not already had a go at the Christmas quiz, tomorrow is the last day to get an entry in. Have a go, even if one or two questions are quite tricky, it will expand your knowledge and you always learn something from doing the research. I will be announcing the winner and runner up early next week.

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Second lot over and now a cooling walk

There were one or two things of interest over the holiday period in the Racing Post. The most important, I think, and the one that should be taken pretty seriously is the high profile owners who instructed their trainers not to run their horses at Cheltenham. This was because they had lost a couple through injuries at previous meetings. It is always unfortunate when these things happen, but at Cheltenham every race is run at break neck speed and when horses are under pressure, that is when injuries happen. It never usually happens to a slow one as they don’t go fast enough to hurt themselves; it is only the good ones that put in every effort and try their hardest that get injured. You could blame the ground with all the watering, but I think it is the pressure of the races that cause the injuries and sometimes you can never tell if a horse has got something on it until it happens. Let’s hope everybody involved can come to a happy compromise.