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The horses are bouncing

Thursday, 12 July 2018

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

Henry Ford.


Astrosparkle leading the string on the Round

It's a much cooler morning, in fact Tim and I have both had our coats on for first and second lots. So far everything has gone as planned and the horses are really looking well and bouncing at exercise. We are still on the polytracks though - thank goodness these surfaces were invented. Let's hope we have a bit of rain in the next couple of weeks.



It was pretty hot yesterday at Lingfield but both our runners took it well. Topalova was far from disgraced finishing sixth. She now goes to the sales on Friday. Astromerry was a bit tricky in the paddock to get on, and a couple of times Harry Bentley and I were rolling around on the floor. It was all extremely exciting for her in what will turn out to be an above average race, on ground which didn't suit and with it all happening rather quickly for her. I'm sure she will have learnt a lot from the experience and will improve considerably next time.


Four Fifty Three leaving the yard and below cantering


It's the first day of the July meeting today here at Newmarket on ground which will have been well watered but cannot be anything other than fast. The July Stakes and the Prince of Wales are the highlights of the day. The great and the good have descended on Newmarket as they always do at this time of year for both the racing and the sales.


Topalova and Astromerry run today

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

"In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are."

Arnold Glasgow.


Tim legging up on Quanah

It's an overcast morning but still quite warm. The good thing is that we have a full complement of staff and everybody is working well. Southfields Round and Hamilton Hill have been the cantering grounds this morning and so far so good.



We have two runners today both at Lingfield. Topalova is our first runner at 3.30 in the two mile handicap. The ground will be a bit firm for her I think, but she will stay this trip and I am just hopeful of a good run today. Our other runner is Astromerry who makes her debut in the six furlong two year old race. I'm not sure about the ground for her either, but she has been showing ability at home and this outing will do her the world of good.


Melo Pearl

I don't know about you but I can't understand what is going on with the television rights and what all the racecourses are thinking. Ascot has just signed up with Sky which to me means that ITV will be upset especially considering what a good job they have just done at the recent Royal Meeting. It also means that Ascot will be shown on pay TV rather than free-to-air. I have always been of the opinion that any sport wants to be on free-to-air TV if it is to maintain it's appeal. We seem constantly to have all aspects of our industry pulling in different directions.


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