Quanah and Roof Garden run at Newmarket followed by Astroblaze and Indian Red at Chelmsford ...

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The last day of Glorious Goodwood

Saturday, 04 August 2018

"Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance."

Ruth E. Renkel.

Exercise over

On the last day of Glorious Goodwood here are selections for today. The results for the whole week will be given on Monday.


1.50  Classic Seniority    2.25  Walton Street    3.00  Cross Counter    3.40  Spring Loaded    4.15  West End Charmer    4.50  Lake Volta    5.25  Delph Crescent


1.50  Related    2.25  Sir Chauvelin    3.00  Sun Maiden    3.40  Growl    4.15  Glory    4.50  Zap    5.25  The Night Porter


We have three runners tomorrow at Chelmsford

Friday, 03 August 2018

"It is one of nature’s ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us."

Igor Stravinsky.

Walking to the start of the gallop

It’s a very similar day to yesterday in that it is boiling hot, blue sky, no wind and it’s not nine o’clock yet. We are having a good morning with a full complement of staff. First lot were doing pipe openers for tomorrow, and second lot worked in groups on the Rubbing House Polytrack. All the rest will be cantering on Southfield Round and Hamilton Hill. A successful morning so far.

The Franklins getting feedback from first lot

We have three runners tomorrow, all at Chelmsford. Melo Pearl makes her debut in the 6f fillies’ novice. She has done nothing wrong so far and this experience will do her the power of good. I am sure she will perform with credit. John Egan takes the ride. Four Fifty Three is our second runner at 3.55. He is a two times course and distance winner here but we have moved up in grade a bit. He is drawn well in one and I think he is another who will do himself justice. Nicky Mackay rides. Our last runner, Roof Garden, is in the next at 4.30, the mile and a quarter handicap. He is a big horse who has taken time to come to himself and has not run for quite a long time. I think the trip will suit and he should run perfectly adequately. Nicky Mackay will be on board.

Garrison Law and Quanah second lot

I see the appeal against the photo finish at Market Rasen, which didn’t have a mirror, failed in the attempt to have the horse made the outright winner. It was obvious to me that it would fail as without a mirror the judge had no other decision to make. You do have to feel sorry for the owners who lost out as in this day and age every course should be equipped with the proper photo finish camera, regardless of how wide the track is or all the other excuses they come up with for not having the right equipment. The BHA has got to get its act quickly into gear on this issue.

Cutting the grass

It was a good day at Goodwood for me yesterday with three early winners and I am now in profit after three days. There are still two days to go and we will put our efforts up in the morning on this site, but the selections for today are below.


1.50  Mirage Dancer    2.25  Threading    3.00  Escobar    3.35  Sioux Nation    4.10  Leading Spirit    4.40    Most Gifted    5.15  Howman


1.50  Red Verdon    2.25  Ostilio    3.00  Seniority    3.35  Take Cover    4.10  Leoube    4.40  Sequilla    5.15  Winged Spur

Standings after day three are MHT plus £10.83 and Richard minus £155.00

and on the polytracks

As you know Phil on Friday finished last week and I have so many people come up to me and say how much they enjoyed it. Let’s hope Phil can come up with a piece or two in the next few months.


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