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It is the first day of Royal Ascot

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

"Ah, the things we would do if we could – especially in the secure knowledge that we can’t"

Robert Brault.

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The Newmarket stands this morning

We started this morning at 5.30 so we could get as many lots out as we could in the cool before the heat really starts. It has all gone well so far, although we still have one non-runner and one on holiday. We used the Watered Gallop first lot, which was an interesting exercise to say the least, but eventually it all went off well and I kept the rest reasonably close to home on the polytracks.

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The heathmen

It is the first day of Royal Ascot today and the fields are enormous in the usual races. Everybody wants a runner there but there will be a lot of disappointed people as there can only be one winner in each race. As normal Richard and I are having our tipping competition, with the added item this week of a daily nap, which if winning, doubles the SP. It is to a level stake of £10 and may the best man win. I always think this first day is the best day to go, especially for the racegoers, as it would just be slightly quieter and the racing is top class. If you ever get a chance to go you must make the effort. It becomes more and more international every year. There are plenty of American runners this year but the Australians, who have been successful here in the past, have given it a miss. It may be something to do with the drug testing regime, which has now been made much more stringent. Our tips for today are below.

MHT

2.30  Deauville    3.05  Murillo    3.40  Signs of Blessings  4.20  Churchill    5.00  Rainbow Dreamer    5.35  Declarationofpeace (NAP)

Richard

2.30  Lightening Spear    3.05  Romanised    3.40  Signs of Blessing (NAP)    4.20  Churchill    5.00  Thomas Hobson    5.35  James Garfield

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Walking to second lot

The big news today is that Frankie Dettori won’t be riding at the Royal meeting at all this week, as his shoulder is still not good after his fall at Yarmouth last week. I saw this fall happen and he did go down hard on his shoulder, but it didn’t look like anything was broken. I would think he has just pulled a few muscles, which as you get older take longer to heal. There are lots of spare rides going now and I am sure it will be a scramble to see who gets on what, especially Big Orange in the Gold Cup.