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Two runners today

Thursday, 04 January 2018

"Winter is on my head but eternal spring is in my heart."

Victor Hugo.

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Astroblaze

After another windy night we have a wet morning with heavy showers being made even worse by the wind. It’s not cold though but the weather forecasters tell us that will change shortly as at the weekend the wind direction will be from the north.

Other than Di, who has the flu bug, everybody is in again this morning so we have been able to get on well with the horses. During January it’s just a month of conditioning cantering, getting the new two year olds used to their surroundings and keeping the runners fit and well.

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Melo Pearl with Tim off to the lunge ring

We have two runners today. Our first is Indian Red at Newcastle in the 1.30 with Joey Haynes in the saddle. The horse is pretty consistent without really threatening to win so far, but today’s race looks winnable. I think this track will be more to his liking as well. Let’s hope he can put his best foot forward as it's about time he is starting to earn his corn.  Our other runner, tonight at Chelmsford, is Lost The Moon in the 7.15  the two mile handicap, and Robert Winston rides. This looks quite a tricky race with all six horses having a chance. She has run two cracking races recently and we just need the run of the race and to have a bit of luck on our side. Once again the draw is not in our favour.

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Topalova above and below

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There is plenty of chat in the papers about the financial mess Al Shaqab Racing have got themselves into and it reads as if the trainers have been owed money for a long while. It is even implied that their racing manager has been using his own money to pay some debts. What with this situation and the one in South Africa, it just goes to show that sometimes what you see on the surface is not what is actually happening.

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Spring is coming - there are a few aconites out at Dullingham

 

It's a really windy day

Wednesday, 03 January 2018

"The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse."

Benjamin Franklin.

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Astrofire

After a wild night, it was still very windy this morning and I was picking up plastic bags as I walked across the heath in the dark, wind and rain at first lot. All went well though and with everybody in, we could give the horses a good exercise close to home on Hamilton Hill. It looks like the week is going to continue very similar with bands of rain on a daily basis crossing the country, so it is waterproof coats and trousers at all times.

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On Hamilton Hill

It is interesting reading in the Post today. Usually Julian Muscatt gets it right, but with his take on the steroid question, I think his example was out of order. He seems to miss the point. In the two cases he mentions both were completely out of the control of the trainer. Everybody agrees with the BHA that cheating in anyway should be hit hard but although the buck stops with the trainer cannot be held responsible point blank for everything in his care as the two cases have highlighted. The articles example that the trainer being influenced in the way he has written it is completely misleading.  This problem will continue to roll on.

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Ready for second lot

The bookmakers are starting to get desperate as after all the big favourites got beat over the weekend they are now trying to drag money in by giving the punter a non-runner option. They usually only do this close to the big meetings but are already starting to lay Cheltenham races with this initiative. I should think everybody has got an empty wallet after the holidays, including them.

 
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