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We had a much needed shower this morning

Friday, 12 July 2019

"Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important."

Janet Lane.

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Cantering in single file

It’s an overcast morning and we have had a short sharp rain shower, very similar to yesterday. Thunderstorms are forecast and let’s hope we get a good one as the ground certainly needs it once again. It is hectic in the yard today.  With plenty of visitors, the sales later on this morning - where we have three going through the ring - and the second day of the July meeting, the town is full of people and cars. You always know when there is something going on as the high street is gridlocked.

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Prosecutor leading

The bookmakers continue to be very evasive over Frankie Dettori’s rides this week and any accumulators on the jockey’s rides are being adjusted with starting prices only on the final legs. Why bookmakers are allowed to get away with this I don’t know and I agree fully with Matt Chapman who was having a go at them on the TV the other day. I think the whole of the bookmaking industry should be looked into and, whether on course or internet, should have rules that are fair to both sides but, at present it seems to me that the bookmakers make up their own rules as they go on.

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Break Cover

In Australia, Racing Victoria has just announced A$100 million as prize money and bonuses for their Spring Carnival. This is equivalent to £55.5 million pounds which is an unbelievable amount for one section of the Australian industry. No wonder owners are encouraged to have horses in training as they have a chance of getting a good return. Our pathetic Levy pales in comparison. The sooner our leaders understand the problem here the better but it makes you wonder.

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Out on the heath

 

Southfield Round and Hamilton Hill are the gallops of choice

Thursday, 11 July 2019

"Gratitude is the mother of the virtues."

Cicero.

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Velvet Vista

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A pat down the neck after exercise

It’s a very muggy morning with the temperature gradually rising as the day goes on. There is very little wind which is making it extremely uncomfortable to work in. I am hoping we can get a thunderstorm or two as that would clear the air. It looks set to continue like this for the rest of the week. The horses have been cantering on Southfields Round and Hamilton Hill and, with a few riders in, everything has gone well.

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Astroman

Our runner yesterday had every chance but his form, two wins and a second, has been on the all-weather and I think that surface is where we will be keeping him in future. A big strong horse he travelled well but when push came to shove very little happened. You could put it down to the ground, and maybe it was on the fast side, but I think back to the soft surface will suit. It was interesting to read Sir Mark Prescott’s comments in the Racing Post today. His horses have been running disappointingly in exactly the same manner as ours. He has run them with good bloods and good scopes and still they have run below par. Time looks like the only cure.

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Astrogem

The July sales started yesterday with lots of overseas clients purchasing horses. The transport firms will be busy for the next fortnight getting them all sorted out. Our bloodstock is sought after by every racing nation and thank goodness it is. Visitors will have the added attraction of the July course today with the start of the three day festival. It is always a great meeting with plenty of competitive racing and there will some very good horses on show this week. We have got last year’s Derby winner trying to redeem his reputation today in the Princess Of Wales’s stakes at 3.35. He should strip fitter for his run last time.

 
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