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Tuesday, 01 May 2018

"The future is an opaque mirror.  Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face."

Jim Bishop.

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The string out led by Gee Sixty Six

How can two days be so different? Yesterday was wet, windy and very cold and yet today we have blue skies, sunshine and no breeze. It is still quite chilly though so a warm jacket is definitely needed. This weather always lifts your spirits and it makes for a much happier group of riders out on the heath.  Two canters is the exercise for the day with the first two lots then one good canter for the remainder.  All is going well.

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Upsides on the gallop, Farne Odyssey, Belle Bayeux and Melo Pearl

There is an article today in the Bloodstock News of the Racing Post about Cracksman and where he will stand as a stallion once his racing career comes to an end. The son of Frankel with a very impressive racing record will have studs clambering to make a bid for him. Having winning form at two, three and four makes him an even better prospect. Will the owner, Mr Oppenheimer, follow the same path as with Golden Horn? Only time will tell, but we still have a few races in him yet this season and I would be very interested to see the outcome should Cracksman run against Enable. I know which one I prefer.

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For those of you who don’t know Richard Melia, he is the man who has managed to gatecrash many sporting events, including numerous racetracks getting in on the victory celebrations. There are a number of photographs of him leading in winners at the big race day meetings. He was already banned from all Arc tracks but has now been ‘barred from all areas licenced by the BHA.’ People have been aware of him for a while now, yet he has still managed to get himself in on the action. Obviously this is a security concern and just goes to show how easy it is to get in with the crowd, but how will it be policed. At a normal Monday race meeting there is one man and his dog turn up, so it is easy to spot a disqualified person, but on busy days and with big crowds I think it will be nigh on impossible to make sure that someone doesn’t slip under the radar. He sees it a laugh, nothing serious but to my mind it is disrespectful to the owners, staff and trainers who work so hard to get the horses to the track.