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It's Grand National Day

Saturday, 06 April 2019

"Friends are relatives you make for yourself."

Eustache Deschamps.

Garswood ex Trew Class chesnut colt foal

It's the final day of Aintree with the big race, the Grand National. I had one winner yesterday so am creeping in the lead slowly with the tipping competition, but its all to play for today and a big price winner can change the standings instantly. Our selections for today are below and Ian, our resident bookmaker, will give us the final standings on Monday.

1.45  Sire du Berlais     2.25  Chosen Mate     3.00  Us and Them     3.40  Apple's Jade     4.20  Touch Kick    5.15  Anibale Fly, Rathvinden & Jury Duty     6.20  Lord Yeats

1.45  Theclockisticking     2.25  Angels Breath     3.00 Lalor     3.40  Apple's Jade     4.20  Touch Kick   
5.15  A Toi Phil, One For Arthur & Tiger Roll    6.20  Chief Justice

It's a chilly start to the day

Friday, 05 April 2019

"Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you."

Elbert Hubbard.

Break Cover leading Half Past Eight and Topanticipation


Once again a low temperature greeted us at first light and with a good breeze, it is pretty cold for the lads and lasses riding out. The watchers have to find plenty of shelter, or keep on the move to stay warm. We have one non-runner on the riding front again this morning but we gained one yesterday so it averages out and we have been able to get everything out and give them a normal exercise. All has gone well.

Pageant Master

At the start of the flat turf season there always seems a big lull and it has happened for years now. We have the start of the flat at Doncaster, with the big Lincoln handicap and everybody getting excited, and then nothing actually happens, albeit a few all-weather meetings. We then get the Craven Meeting for a couple of days, but it is not until after the Guineas in early May that the turf season starts for real. Why the powers that be can’t sort the season out is beyond me, but I have been saying it for 40 years and it still hasn’t got any better. It just goes to show that the people who do the race planning don’t have a clue what trainers want. This morning we had a notification from the BHA about four additional races, three of which are for 0-50 rated horses. These races will all be full and could even divide as there are so many moderate horses about. I just don’t know why they can’t turn them into claimers and sellers which would be more helpful to everybody. But for some reason the racecourses don’t seem to like doing that, but anything rated under 60, or even 65, is verging on that class.

Walking back to the yard (L-R) Amsby, Garswood ex Mega & Microclimate

Aintree got off to a very wet start yesterday and the horses were finishing really tired. There were one or two turn ups and plenty of stories. The ground will be on the holding side once again today. It may look very green but the horses are going in a long way and it takes a lot out of them, especially when they are running in these top grades. Richard and I didn’t find too many winners yesterday but a lot of placed horses between us. Once again I nudged into an early lead, but there are two more days to go and anything can happen. Our suggestions for today are below. I did have three the same as Richard but changed them all to give him a chance!


1.45  Canardier    2.20  Aramon    2.50  Mr Whipped    3.25  Waiting Patiently    4.05  Cadmium    4.40  Walk Away    5.15  Dewcup


1.45  Esprit du Large    2.20  Precious Cargo    2.50  Topofthegame    3.25  Politologue    4.05  Forest des Aigles    4.40  Lisnagar Oscar    5.15  Blackhillsofdakota

Standings so far are MHT minus £37.50 and Richard minus £70.

Equiano ex Missouri pulled out for third lot

There are still no new foals on the stud and it is now starting to drag on quite a bit for everybody who is taking it in turns to sit up and keep an eye on the mares. Let’s hope it’s this weekend so we can all get back to a bit of normality. The foals we have are real crackers this year and are thriving as there is plenty of spring grass and the mothers are looking after them very well. We are getting the mares back in foal although you always have one or two problems in stallions that are not performing at their best. It is just pure nature. Everything is very scientific nowadays and you cover at exactly the right time, but sometimes the combination doesn’t work and after three goes you can change the choice of stallion.


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