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Day 3 and the tipping competition is going well

Thursday, 14 March 2019

"A grandparent is old on the outside but young on the inside."

Anon.

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Velvet Vision and Garrel Glen working this morning

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Across The Flat

It’s a very windy and blustery morning once again with rain coming down in stair rods at present. I’m not sure this much was forecast, but you definitely don’t want to be out in it if you can avoid it. I think wind and showers are expected up to and throughout the weekend, but a good week ahead after that. Everybody is in and we have been getting on well with the horses. We worked for the first time Across the Flat, which has just opened for the season. I only sent a couple of gallopers across there and they did an easy piece of work over seven furlongs on ground that was amazingly good. Newmarket turf is all on a chalk base and water soon gets through and, with the wind we have had, it dry’s as soon as it lands.

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The stands at Newmarket

I must congratulate Tony McCoy and Nicky Henderson who came out with comments yesterday about the BHA’s completely over the top suspensions following the last race on Tuesday at Cheltenham. AP especially was scathing of the Australian officials who have no idea of our traditions and how National Hunt racing is run in England. As you know I have been calling for a complete revamp of the BHA with people who know horses and how our sport works. We certainly don’t want anybody who doesn’t understand it and just tries to justify their huge salary, plus it brings our sport into the public eye with things that shouldn’t ever be there in the first place. We seem to have got so many people running a variety of sports that are doing the job for money, rather than do it properly.

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Daffodils at Dullingham

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Out in full bloom

We saw a great days racing yesterday with the marvellous horse Altior who won his 18th race on the bounce. Another fantastic horse was Tiger Roll who absolutely hacked up in the cross country race. Our tipping competition went well with four winners across the board. Richard got a little bit back yesterday but is still playing catch-up. Today looks especially tricky and it will be fascinating to see what the result is going into the final day. Our tips and standings are below:

MHT

1.30  Real Steel    2.10  Sire du Berlais    2.50  Road To Respect  3.30  Bapaume    4.10  River Wylde    4.50  My Sister Sarah    5.30  Its All Guesswork

Richard

1.30  Vinndication    2.10  A Toi Phil    2.50  Road To Respect    3.30  Kilbricken Storm    4.10  Eamon An Cnoic    4.50  Posh Trish    5.30  Speaker Connolly

Our standing so far: MHT plus £35.00 and Richard minus £14.12

Rebecca Marriott has made a special request for today. She NAP’s My Sister Sarah in the Grade 2, mares novice hurdle at 4.50