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Friday, 10 August 2018

"Faith makes things possible, not easy."

Anon.

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Cantering on Hamilton Hill

It's an overcast day with a few showers forecast for later. We had a really good downpour yesterday which has certainly helped everything. We have had a good morning with the horses, with a full complement of staff in plus an added jockey. We have had two lots of fast work on the Cambridge Road. Most of the rest have been cantering on Southfields Round.

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Velvet Vision

We have no runners today, but have two tomorrow at Chelmsford when Astromerry and Astrosparkle run in the same race, the mile fillies' maiden at 1.30. Both these will be in need of the experience, and the outing will do them good for their future careers.

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Garrison Law

A milestone  was reached this week when Jamie Spencer rode himself into the top twenty of the most winning jockeys in the U.K. with 2,069 victories. There were plenty of tributes paid and the 38 year old jockey played down his achievements, but he admitted it was, "...nice to join such an illustrious group". Over 2,000 winners is a huge credit to him but he has a long way to go to catch up Sir Gordon Richards, who even Pat Eddery and Lester couldn't match. Sir Gordon's wins numbered 4,870 between 1921 and 1954. This outstanding total was done without the expansive fixture list we have today, without evening meetings and without a motorway network. It just shows what an amazing achievement this was. and I don't think we shall ever see his like again.

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Off to the washdown box

Last week saw a bookmaker produce a list of whom they considered to be the movers and shakers in our industry under 35 years of age. Today in the Post Tom Kerr has done the same. There are plenty of young people in the game and there is opportunity for everybody of any description. All that is needed is a love of racing and of horses and a dedicated work ethic. The world is then their oyster.
 

A close shave at Yarmouth

Thursday, 09 August 2018

"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."

Henry Ford.

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Astroblaze

It's an overcast morning with rain forecast but as yet we have only had a very little. Let's hope we can have a good dollop later on as it is needed very much. We have been cantering on the Hamilton Hill and the Southfields Round this morning and all has gone well.

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Velvet Vision

It was far too firm last night at Yarmouth for Garrison Law and everything happened much too quickly. He jumped the road and changed his legs which meant the more experienced horses quickened away. The jockey didn't give him a hard time and the whole day's experience will have done him the power of good.

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(L-R) Velvet Vista and Farne Odyssey

It was a close shave last night at Yarmouth when a fire on the beach started to come very close to the racecourse. It reached the golf course which is enclosed within the course, and it looked at one stage as if racing would be in trouble. The wind was blowing in a good direction and the four or five fire engines which were called quickly managed to get it under control.

The only other time I can remember a fire at Yarmouth was years ago when a hut on the golf course burnt down. There was a funny story attached to this as I trained at the time for the Senior Steward, Peter Riseborough, who was the most lovely man, and we had his horse running on that day. The animal in question was not very quick and I had found it a perfect race. In fact it was the only time it was favourite. Because of the proximity to the racecourse, the fire engines tore up the course both ploughing up the track and leaving unraceable patches from water damage. The distraught Senior Steward had to call off the meeting where his pride and joy had it's only chance of ever winning a race. We had lots of fun over the next few years with me winding him up about it.



 
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