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The big move is nearing its end as World Cup fever takes ahold of the horse racing world.

Amy Murphy

A sunny summer cocktail of runners from the old yard, and slowly but surely getting moved into our new facilities half a mile away has been the plan of attack this week. It has been busy times for sure, but who really needs eight hours sleep a night?!

As I mentioned in last week’s update, Happy Odyssey provided us with a pleasant distraction on our own doorstep when scoring at Newmarket, probably one of the last but hopefully not the very last winner we send out from Hamilton Stables before we complete the move to our new set-up, with Southgate Stables looking better and better with each passing day.

The horses who have already made the switch look happy and relaxed in their new surroundings, helped by the fact the weather has been idyllic for turning them out for hours and hours at a time so they can enjoy some proper play time in our massively expanded paddock areas.


There is one problem still to be solved though-

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that I put out a tweet on Wednesday afternoon asking for some creative inspiration in our bid to find the right name for the new yard.

I would like the name to end with the word Lodge, meaning that I still have one missing ingredient in the search to replace the word Southgate.

I have nothing against Southgate Stables, far from it, but this is the start of a new era and I’d love to find the right title to get us started on a good note.

Thanks to all of you who have chipped in so far with some hilarious ideas, there have been some crackers. I’d be here all day if I tried to mention them all, but early on ‘Ka-lodge-nikov’ made me smile, while Matt Parkin came up with a similar theme, going for ‘Kalashnilodge’.


Needless to say, even in the racing bubble which is Newmarket everyone is going World Cup crazy, and Jamie Gollands had me really chuckling when suggesting we just add the word Gareth to the existing title, of course making the yard ‘Gareth Southgate Stables’. Maybe if they win in 10 days time I might consider it, Jamie!

Elsewhere, Olivia Daisy Hills went for ‘Mercian Lodge’, a smasher which is a nod to two of our stable favourites, speaking of whom I can report Mercian King is absolutely fine after his solid third placed effort at Stratford on Tuesday night.

Anyway, please do keep them coming if you’ve got any good suggestions!

As for the World Cup, I’m definitely not the expert around here, that would be more in my Dad or Lemos department, but putting my England hat on I see they are 4/1 with FansBet to go on and win the whole thing prior to the game against Sweden – sounds okay to me, though we are hoping it’ll be an England v Brazil final as it’ll make it some occasion in our house, with Lemos starting to believe his good friend Neymar will do the business!

I’ll be at Leicester races on Saturday afternoon with my runner in the seller, Sharp And Sharper, so I’ll be keeping one eye on the four-legged action and one eye on the football!

Also on Saturday afternoon, aside from Sharp And Sharper’s racecourse debut the Group 1 Eclipse at Sandown Park is the big race of the day, a clash between the Derby winner Masar, the Guineas hero Saxon Warrior, plus the Dante winner Roaring Lion.


Don’t forget this race is over a mile and a quarter, so with Saxon Warrior making a very quick return to the track after Saturday’s Irish Derby, I’m wondering if this is the perfect occasion for Roaring Lion to get his revenge on Masar, who finished two places ahead of him in the Derby.

Fifth in the Guineas previously, Roaring Lion was held up in rear at Epsom and maybe couldn’t quite make up the ground once Masar had kicked for home, but if he’s ridden handier here and uses his turn of foot then I’m wondering if this is his day to get one over on his market rival.

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