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Thursday, 15 March 2018

"No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow."

Proverb.

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Pageant Master leading Quanah

It’s another wet morning which is unbelievable and as we write this, the rain is bouncing off the office roof. It looks set for the day and watching the forecast yesterday, it looks to be cold again at the weekend, with the temperatures plummeting and the possibility of snow. The staff have been doing a great job cantering the horses and we have been getting on well, considering the circumstances. I’m just hoping for a long spell of proper spring weather.

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Velvet Vision upsides Topalova

I have just been reading a book on the Brooke Hospital in Cairo and the history of the lady who started it all, Dorothy Brooke. She must have been an amazing lady whose love for horses knew no bounds. After the First and Second World War, horses that had been used in the Army were left in the country and sold off to the locals, most of who didn’t have the understanding and kindness that horses needed. Dorothy Brooke would buy them and give them their last few happy days. She started the hospital and education programme to help all the working horses, donkeys and mules in the country. The charity has grown considerably and is in several countries now. I can highly recommend you buy the book and read all about it. We are adding the Brooke Charity to our charitable organisations.

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Colt foal by Archipenko ex Cushat Law

It was another good day at Cheltenham yesterday, but not for the resident tipsters and definitely not for Ruby Walsh, who unfortunately had another injury to his leg. The whole of racing will be wishing him well and let’s hope it is not as bad as it could have been. It has been raining there overnight and the ground will be very holding once again, so mud larks and stayers is what is required today. It was amazing to see a suntanned Lee Westward telling us he had won the jackpot. Good luck to him. He didn’t win it yesterday and the pool runs over to today. It was only £25,000 though, which seems to me a small amount considering the fixture. Let’s hope with the new competition to the Tote starting up they can generator bigger pools and some more exotic and exciting bets.

The standings so far are MHT minus £105.01 and Richard minus £13.34. Our selections for today are below.

MHT
1.30  Shattered Love    2.10  Who Dares Wins    2.50  Un de Sceaux    3.30  Yanworth    4.10  Tully East  4.50  Laurina    5.30  Actinpieces

Richard
1.30  Invitation Only    2.10  Forza Milan    2.50  Cue Card    3.30  Sam Spinner    4.10  Willie Boy    4.50  Maria’s Benefit    5.30  Final Nudge