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The Guv'nor is the winner of the tipping competition

Monday, 10 April 2017

"Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."

G.K. Chesterton.

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Pulling out

Its’s a good spring morning once again with no breeze and just a pleasant temperature. I think the weather is set to be a bit cooler this week, but it is what we can expect during April. It’s been another one of those mornings in the yard with one staff member not turning up after his holidays and the feeder, who I thought was going to be good, parted company with us at the weekend, so the Guv’nor is back in full control with 4 o’clock feeding. The staff situation throughout England and Ireland is getting to a crisis state, and the powers that be, in both countries, need to start taking it seriously. I am not sure what it is, but I would guess it is something to do with the school leaving age, as well as the Far East migrants who are now banned from entering both countries. I am sure the careers people working on our behalf only do so at half pace and they need a bit of a stir up to get the schools full to bursting of prospective staff. We have been getting on well with the horses though and we have had three lots out so far all doing two cantering on Hamilton Hill. 

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Astrosecret

It was a very good National with no casualties and the new cooling down area seemed to work very well. It does take away a bit of the atmosphere and excitement when the winner walks back into the hallowed winning enclosure at Aintree and I am not sure why they can’t have a similar facility close by to that enclosure for the first four. The TV coverage, I thought, was very good over the three days, but viewing figures were down for the big race and I am not sure whether it is the time at 5.15, or that people are just not interested. Personally I think it is the time, but we will have to wait and see another year or two.

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Brushing with her Casamento colt foal

Our tipping competition finished on Saturday and there were plenty of ebbs and flows with me having a couple of winners and then Richard picking the National winner to go back in front. However, my last grasp, an 8/1 winner, sealed the day for a more skilful form student. Rebecca had a third in the National which was good for her and the final figures were as follows

MHT minus £14.43

Richard minus £116.35

Roll on Royal Ascot where it will be even simpler.