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                     Velvet Vision wins at                       Newcastle


Sunshine and a winner

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

"Fall seven times, stand up eight."

Japanese Proverb.


Ttmab leading ...


Clearance and ...         



It's a bright spring morning, quite cold though still, but I am delighted that it is dry and the sun is shining. Everybody is in and working well, as I hope they would be after last night's winner. I myself was in at half past four feeding as Tim had gone to Newcastle. It's been a good morning horsewise with cantering on the polytracks and apart from one loose one all has gone well. We have had a few visitors as well to see their horses canter, and they have gone away happy.


Velvet Vision when she was just born

Velvet Vision ran as we hoped last night in a slowly run race. She moved up smoothly and stayed on well, in fact she was only just getting into her stride at the finish. She is the fourth generation of her family that we have had in training going way back to Medway. Congratulations go to everybody at the stud who were as thrilled as the boys in the yard. This a special success for the Marriott family whose first home bred winner this is under their Sarabex banner. We are delighted for them and I don't think they will stop smiling for a week.

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The Newmarket Trainers' meeting went off very well yesterday with quite a few attendees. There was a lot of talk about the heath and praise for the heathmen who have done a tremendous job during the snow. There was much discussion about the rates, housing and the CE of the British Racing School brought us up to date on recruitment and future ideas for staff. There were several other points raised and all in all I was very pleased.




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.

On the Cambridge Road Polytrack

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.

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.


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