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|Monday, 24 October 2011|
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.....scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
- Joseph Addison
Locum (Wajid)Much more wind this morning out on the Heath and we have got the promise of heavy rain coming our way but, as yet, apart from the wind, it is clear blue sky and not too cold. Our normal Monday morning routine with a good warm-up in the school, followed by two steady canters on the Bury Side polytracks. The heathmen have been out in force this morning on the Moulton Road, as a car had demolished around thirty of the posts, which surround the Heath. It often happens at this point in the road, as the boy-racers come flat out down the hill, from the direction of Warren Place to the town. We have been campaigning for speed reductions on this road for as long as I can remember and the Council and the Police need to take notice of incidents like these. It feels, sometimes, like you are knocking your head against a brick wall trying to get your point across, rather like the whip rule or a referendum on Europe.
Second lot pulling up at the top of Warren HillOne runner today at Leicester, where Dine Out runs in the 2.00 pm race. We are drawn right out in the middle of the course but David has walked the track and reported back that he can't see any difference with the ground on either side. There are quite a few in the race that have had their three runs and are now in a nursery for the first time, so improvement would not be a surprise. I have fitted the blinkers on Dine Out to make her concentrate and am also sure that the ground last time didn't help. If they don't get the rain before 2.00 pm, we must have a chance of making the frame, if she puts her best foot forward.
The Warren Hill canterers meet up with the Long Hill horses
Chankillo (Rhea)It is the start of the Horses-in-Training Sale today in Newmarket with four days of full-on selling. It will be fascinating to see how these older horses sell after the madness of the yearling sales. Let's hope there are lots of foreign buyers, who want to stock up for their own countries. We are selling some on Wednesday and Thursday, so I hope a few people are still around by then.