As every cliché-monger knows, all stables need a good clean once in a while. But now it turns out there is a solid non-metaphorical reason for cranking up the power hose.
It turns out that large stables, such as the one in Newmarket shown above, can produce enormous quantities of, shall we call it manure? 25,000 tonnes a year, in fact.
So three cheers for the Jockey Club, which has neatly hurdled the problem of how to dispose of this "fertiliser" by submitting a planning request for a recycling facility that will convert it into biomass.
When the plant is completed later this year, it will be able to process around 5,000 tonnes of this most sustainable of materials, heating nearby schools and businesses in the process.
Reports remain unconfirmed that the facility will produce almost as much hot air as pompous gas-bag John McCririck.
The facility also provides a much-needed financial fillip for the Club.
"The training industry is very tough at the moment and over time we hope this project will reduce waste disposal costs, enabling training businesses to remain viable," said Jockey Club Estates managing director, William Gittus, before spotting a Channel 4 camera and launching into a series of inexplicable hand gestures.
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