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We have two runners today

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

"Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals"

Charles Baudelaire.

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Astrobreeze, Astrojewel and Koin

It is a very similar day to yesterday, although I think it will be much warmer in a few hours. We have kept all the horses close to home this morning, with a good walk and trot exercise and easy canter, then a wash down, followed by a pick of grass in the sunshine. Everything has gone reasonably smoothly, although as usual in a racing yard, which I always compare to a school playground, there are a couple of minor issues with the horses.

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Ness Of Brodgar, Astrofire and True Calling

Honey Blossom behaved well yesterday and only started to get the idea at the end. She will improve considerably for an increase in trip and the experience will have brought her on no end. Clearance went in the stalls and did exactly as his half-brother did on his debut, finished at the back, but he was rather thrown in at the deep end for his first run, being firm ground, too short for him and the course is like a helter skelter. He can only improve and will be out again shortly.

We have two runners today. Old favourite Hold Firm runs in the last at Yarmouth, the one mile apprentice race. He is in good form, Gabriele gets on well with him and he is sure to be involved at some stage. Astroshadow has her third run this evening at Kempton in the 7.10. There are quite a few upmarket horses in this once again and I think a similar fate awaits her tonight. She will be handicapped after this run and I have seen enough at home to think we could be competitive once we are in the right grade, but with this type of horse, who was not bought at auction and has a high median price, it is very hard to find sensible races for her at this time in her career.

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Saint Anthony and Roof Garden cantering up Hamilton Hill

It is great to see that Mick Easterby’s old coat made £500, which is going to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a charity which is regularly supported by the racing industry. York Racecourse were the lucky buyers and the coat will be displayed somewhere on the track. Mick is a character of characters and let’s hope he can bring himself to spend some money on a new coat, but knowing him he will get someone to give him one.