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Friday, 14 December 2018

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."

T.S. Eliot.

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Even in the dark the gallops are maintained

It’s another very cold morning and watching the forecast it looks like Scotland and the north should get some snow over the next few days. We may just miss out on any white stuff but the temperature looks set to stay below normal for a few days yet. It was really dark when we went out on the heath and there was quite a lot of horse traffic about, especially on Hamilton Hill. Everybody seemed to get on well and there were one or two strings that were riding out in Christmas jumpers - evidently it is Christmas jumper day, which has certainly gone over my head. All has gone well so far and we seem to have acquired a new rider from Spain. Who said there are no European workers?!!

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Warming up on the yearling ground

Velvet Vista ran a sound race last night in a contest that will certainly throw up a lot of winners. It looked a very good race in the paddock and I am sure the future will show it was. Astrojewel pulled a bit hard, being quite fresh after her long absence. I am certain she didn’t stay and we will be going back to seven furlongs to a mile next time. It looked disappointing but I don’t think it actually was. She has got ability, I just need to get her in the right race.

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Moving well

We have several horses for sale up on the site today - three colts and a filly that all come highly recommended and are very reasonably priced. They are good, sound, very attractive horses that could be anything. We will either sell these two-year-olds outright or with partners. They are also available for free lease. We have also put up a couple of broodmares that again we would either like to sell outright or have partners in. Please have a look on the mares and young stock for sale page. If you require further details on anything please phone the office on 01638 661434 or my mobile on 07799 663339 at any time. They would make a great surprise Christmas present for somebody. We also still have shares in our syndicates available. They are fit and well and will be running during the winter.

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Half Past Eight

A strong and attractive colt, he is a half-brother to numerous winners including the ultra consistent Barwick who is very similar to him in stature. He is broken in and cantering on the heath daily. A great mover and temperament, everybody is delighted with him. He is a type that should be a reasonably early two-year-old and improve throughout the year. A cracking colt.

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Coming up Hamilton Hill

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Cantering in a group

They are starting to put the top on the Rubbing House canter now and hopefully it will not be long before it is fully open again. It will mean we can go quite a bit further at a good clip, rather than have to ease down half way. They have built the bend up to take out any undulations on the track. It looks like they have done a great job but until you actually ride on it and get feedback you are never 100% sure. The Jockey Club are always trying to keep the heath updated and one of the next jobs is to replace the woodchip canter with a polytrack surface and make that a bit longer as well. The one problem there will be is which way the trainers want it to go, towards the A14 or back towards the town. I can feel a peoples vote coming on. I might have to ask the EU for a decision!

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Rubbing House polytrack is coming on well

 

We have two runners tonight at Chelmsford

Thursday, 13 December 2018

"People who don’t cherish their elderly have forgotten whence they came and whither they go."

Ramsey Clark.

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It was the Racing Welfare Charity Carol Concert last night

It’s much colder this morning and quite overcast. We have got a strong wind which is causing the chill factor and winter is just starting to get into gear now. First lot went onto the Cambridge Road polytrack which means you have to cross the Cambridge Road twice. At this time of the morning it is a highly tricky thing to do and even with flashing lights, illuminous jackets and a flashing torch it is a dangerous manoeuvre. I was nearly flattened by a car going into Newmarket. A few choice words, which I am sure he didn’t hear as he was going too quickly, were given out. The sooner the new traffic light system is installed the better. The work went well though on a very good surface. All the rest of the lots have been staying a bit closer to home.

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The band at the carol concert

Our runner last night didn’t sparkle, in fact he was a bit disappointing and will now be reassessed. We have two runners today, both tonight at Chelmsford. Our first runner is at 5.45 in the mile fillies’ novice stakes. It is another one of these races that you could be meeting anything as there are some lovely pedigrees and plenty of top owners. Our filly ran respectably first time out and will do so again tonight. She has pleased me since her last run and it will be interesting to see how she has improved tonight. Our other runner is Astrojewel who has had all sorts of niggling problems for nearly a year now. She runs in the mile and a quarter handicap at 8.45. This is just starting to be too late and why they didn’t start earlier is beyond me. These late races are ridiculous and all it does is alienate staff. It is a good job it is at Chelmsford and not Wolverhampton. Astrojewel will benefit from tonight’s outing from a long absence but she has the ability to get involved if things fall right for her.

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Santa on his way into the ring

The big Cheltenham report is published in full today with the BHA making 17 recommendations on their findings. Most of them are pure common sense. The veterinary inspection is one of the most important. I am not sure the safety factor makes too much difference and as for the conditional jockey and amateur rider’s races, it would take a big bit of the character away from the meeting. As I said common sense is what is needed with people at the BHA, and at the sports forefront, to take it upon themselves to stand up and be counted and keep a good close eye on developments. A quiet word is often better than a fine and if that doesn’t work a big ban should be implemented. The whip problem needs to be urgently addressed as there was an article yesterday in the Times calling for a complete ban. The BHA have been very slow in sorting this out as they have known full well that the call for its demise would come and we have just let it happen rather than be proactive. The answer is simple, a maximum of four slaps in the back hand position and if broken the horse is demoted. Everybody would know the rules and it is simple. All jockeys can count and it would solve the problem in one, but I am sure the BHA will worry about the bookmakers who are only taking over £1 billion in profit a year out of our sport.

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Babochoff having a pick of grass after exercise

It was the Racing Welfare carol concert last night held every year at Tattersalls. Once again a full house attended and was regally entertained by the town band and three very good choirs. There was also an assortment of readers and story tellers. This charity does a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes supporting everybody in racing and is an important charity to support. I must make a special mention to Colin, our electrician and husband to Carol our house keeper, who plays the tuba, which is nearly as big as him. It is quite hilarious as every year the conductor of the band misses out one or two verses of a carol and the audience are still singing when the band has stopped. It all goes off in great spirit though and is thoroughly enjoyed by one and all.

 
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