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We have one runner today in Newcastle

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

"In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t."

Blaise Pascal.

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On the Cambridge Road Polytrack

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Working upsides

It’s an overcast, cold morning with wind and frequent rain showers, so all in all not very nice. It was a very early start for me as I was in at 4.15 to help Tim get ready to go off to Newcastle. I can’t begin to tell you the story of what happened then, but needless to say I was not happy and it will be another chapter in my book. Tim and Harry got off in good time and I have been busy getting the yard going, plus I have got a Newmarket Trainers AGM at 12 o’clock. All the horses have been in good exercise, with some fast work on the Cambridge Road polytrack. All the rest are using the artificials close to home.

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(L) Gee Sixty Six and (R) Topalova

Four Fifty Three ran a sound enough race yesterday and showed his form at Chelmsford was all wrong. He finished a good second and a bit further would certainly help.

We have one runner up at Newcastle this evening. Velvet Vision has her second outing in the Novice stakes at 6.05. She ran very well on her debut and I can see her getting involved once again tonight. Her Dam Battery Power stayed, but we never saw the best of her as she got injured and had to be retired and Nathaniel, her sire, is certainly making a name for himself at the moment.

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Four Fifty Three at Lingfield yesterday

It is the AGM of the Newmarket Trainers Federation today at 12 o’clock where we will discuss all sorts of matters concerning the gallops and future projects. It is always a lively occasion with plenty of opinions being thrown about. I have got the heath chief executive, Nick Patton, coming along to answer a few questions which I am sure there will be plenty of. I will report back on happenings tomorrow.