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We have one runner today at Kempton

Thursday, 27 September 2018

"Friendship is a sheltering tree."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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Four Fifty Three pulled out and ready to go

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Cantering on Hamilton Hill

It’s a beautiful autumn morning with bright sunshine, no wind and perfect temperatures. Everybody is in, horses are looking well and I wish it was like this every day. We have done good canters on the polytracks close to home in anticipation of working tomorrow when hopefully we will have Louis Steward in. We can then do a bit more with those that need it and the ground will be absolutely perfect on the Peat Moss.

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Belle Bayeux

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... and having a pick of grass 

We have one runner today at Kempton. Melo Pearl runs in the first at 5.40, the mile nursery. She has no weight to carry and Liam Jones rides. She has been running over a lot shorter but her dam stayed this far. We are drawn well today, in fact next to the favourite but there are several in the race making their handicap debut. This is always tricky to evaluate, but I am sure with a clear run we will have a chance of making the frame tonight.

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The feed delivery has arrived

There are two or three things to mention from the Racing Post today. Firstly we would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Sam Morshead, the ex-jockey and clerk of the course who sadly died this week. He had fought his illness with tremendous courage. Always cheerful and full of life he was a great credit to what can be achieved when being straightforward and honest. Secondly, the cobalt investigation in Ireland seems to rumble on and once again there is no real explanation as to what happened. Integrity and openness is a must in any sport and if people are to be interested in it, and continue to invest, we must have a clear view of what is right and wrong. At present it seems to be in a real state of flux. The third thing to mention is in Bill Barber’s piece. In Australia the Tote betting seems to be on the decrease and betting on fixed odds and digital wagering continues on the up. With the new Tote, or whatever is being offered us, if it’s going to bring in new revenue streams it needs to be professionally run, enticing and pleasing to the public who will be using it. If it is still dull and boring the punters will desert it for the other outlets.