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The wind has really picked up today

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

"Sometimes you can make people forget the past with a present."

Anon.

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Pageant Master leading Fajoora, Isaac Murphy and Roof Garden 

It’s a very windy morning with gales forecast now all week and bands of heavy rain accompanying it. Just one non-starter in the yard but everybody else is getting on well. We have had plenty of horses out already and have been trying to avoid wide open spaces as much as possible. These are the days that people working in warm offices don’t get to see and when the lads earn every bit of my respect.

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Third lot back in the yard

At Cheltenham the weather is causing some concern as there will be a lot of temporary structures i.e. tents, which in past years have blown away in similar conditions. It will also make it quite tricky for horses and jockeys if the wind gets up even more. I am sure the ground will now be on the easy side and the Irish horses, once again, will come to the fore. Richard and I start our weekly battle today and we have decided to have a NAP every day in the last race. Let’s hope we can point you in the right direction. Our tips are below

MHT

1.30  Klassical Dream    2.10  Duc des Genievres    2.50  Calipto    3.30  Apple’s Jade    4.10  Benie des Dieux    4.50  Solomn Grundy    5.30  Ballyward

Richard

1.30  Fakir d’Oudair    2.10  Glen Forsa    2.50  Noble Endeavor    3.30  Buveur d’Air    4.10  Benie des Dieux    4.50  Good Man Pat    5.30  Ballyward

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Babochoff pulling our ready for exercise

It’s a very windy morning with gales forecast now all week and bands of heavy rain accompanying it. Just one non-starter in the yard but everybody else is getting on well. We have had plenty of horses out already and have been trying to avoid wide open spaces as much as possible. These are the days that people working in warm offices don’t get to see and when the lads earn every bit of my respect.

 

It's still quite windy today and cold

Monday, 11 March 2019

"Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."

Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Cantering 

It’s a much colder morning after a very blustery and wet weekend. It is only about three degrees and with a strong wind, it is making everywhere feel much cooler. It looks like staying this way throughout the week and I am sure it will be disappointing for the Cheltenham racegoers who will have to get togged up in big coats and find good warm places to shelter. Our tipping competition starts tomorrow and what a great week to look forward to. Everybody is in this morning and we even have a new feeder / travelling person who should be a big help to us going forward. All the horses have been out and cantering on the Round and Rubbing House canters which are starting to get busy now as everybody gears up for the start of the turf flat at the end of March. It does always starts with a blip as Doncaster and the Lincoln handicap happen and then very little until the Craven meeting here in mid-April. The flat turf doesn’t really get into full gear until May onwards.

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Second lot finished and walking back to the yard

What a debacle once again at Sandown on Saturday when the photo finish was called out wrongly. For some historical reason there are two winning posts at the track, one for the hurdles and one for the chase course. The judge in this instance was given the wrong print and had to reverse the decision when the mistake was noticed. This has happened before and the BHA has bought in new checks and rules which should eliminate this so amateurish behaviour. I am sure there will be an investigation but no heads will roll and they will say that lessons will be learned. I am sure they will be but once again it shows how incompetent our administrators are.

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Astromagick with her Night of Thunder colt foal

Astromagick had a colt foal in the early hours of this morning by Night of Thunder. The foal is the spitting image of the sire, which is always a good sign in my opinion and, although we haven’t seen any on the track yet, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he is a very successful stallion. All went well, he was up and having a drink from the mare all in normal time and has had a little exercise this morning out in the foal paddocks with his rug on. That’s the third colt foal the mare has had so let’s hope that next years will be a filly. It is always nice to have one to keep the line going. We will be covering three mares tomorrow and have already got some scanned in foal so the cycle continues.

 
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