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A whole week of sun in store

Monday, 25 June 2018

"Each fairy breath of summer, as it blows with loveliness, inspires the blushing rose."


Cantering at first lot

It’s another blue sky day and is set fair for the rest of the week at least. There is no rain at all forecast, in fact just more and more sunshine. The one good thing is the farmers will be able to get some fantastic hay this year and it should be a bumper crop. We have had a good morning so far with everything cantering well and as yet no problems. We still have one yardman off ill, in fact he is in hospital, so we wish him a speedy recovery. It would be nice to have one more rider, but they are very hard to find at present.

A pick of grass after exercise

Our runners over the weekend were a mixed bunch. Saint Anthony once again failed to put in any effort. I think it was a bit firm for Velvet Vision but the race will turn out to be above average, even with a small field. True Calling ran as expected on ground that was much too fast for her as well. All three have come out of their races well and live to fight another day.

Foals basking in the sun with the mares looking on

Royal Ascot finished with a flourish on Saturday. It was a great week and has been very good for British racing. Our tipping competition went right to the line and was very close with only a few pounds in it, but congratulations go to Richard. With three races to go he was still £100 behind and as I say, it is never over until the lady sings and he managed to find two winners out of the last three.

Final Results: MHT lost £191.79 and Richard lost £185.00

Circling overhead before landing at Cambridge

It sounds like they have been having a lot of aggro in South Africa with the stable staff going on strike and lots of threats and intimidation towards the trainers and their families. It is all about wages but as usual there is more to it than meets the eye. Although it looks marvellous on the outside, South African racing is exactly the same as us, under pressure with prize money. I hope it all sorts out quickly and things go back to normal, but once these issues have come up, they tend to linger in people’s minds and violence is never forgotten.


The last day of Royal Ascot

Saturday, 23 June 2018

"In time of test, family is best."

Burmese Proverb.


It's the last day of Royal Ascot and neither Richard or I have done too well in the tipping competition. Let's hope we have saved the best until last. I am still slightly ahead but Ian, our resident bookmaker, will tally up the scores on Monday. Here are our selections for today.

2.30  Natalie's Joy    3.05  Crystal Ocean    3.40  Kessaar    4.20  The Tin Man    5.00  Growl    5.35  Fun Mac

2.30  New Winds    3.05  Cliffs Of Moher    3.40  Junius Brutus    4.20  Merchant Navy    5.00  Gilgamesh    5.35  Pallasator

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