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A very happy birthday to Malcolm Franklin

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

"So remember look up at the stars, not down at your feet."

Stephen Hawking.

Isaac Murphy

It’s a bright spring like morning with the temperature holding up ok and very little wind. We have got rain forecast for later on and tomorrow. Everybody who should be in is in and all is going well. All the horses have been cantering on the polytracks Racecourse Side. As I said yesterday I can’t wait to start doing fast work on the turf, but at present it is still too soft. There is not much grass growth and the racecourse has put frost covers down, which makes crossing the racecourse more difficult. It always amazes me that the heath and the racecourse have two different teams of workers, but all working for the same firm, The Jockey Club. It has never made sense to me.

Rum Ration walking back to the yard

Indian Red didn’t run too badly last night. He was beaten under a couple of lengths and maybe we just didn’t go quickly enough on him and stretch the field, but he still ran another sound race and is in good form. I think the turf will suit him and there is a good series of races at Pontefract that may be just up his street. Also I have schooled him over hurdles and he certainly jumps those well, but the ground will need to dry up before we give him an entry.

Taking in the surroundings

Cheltenham got off to a great start racing wise yesterday, but reading the Dikler in the Racing Post today, it sounds like it was a bit of a farce. There was no commentary in the bars for the first race, the Tote machines were all down and the queues for the bars were even longer than normal with what he described as “clueless staff”. As the Dikler says how long have they had to prepare for this? Our tipping competition produced a few winners and a few near misses. The standings at present are MHT minus £35.01 and Richard plus £21.66.

Our selections for today are below.


1.30  Next Destination    2.10  Monalee    2.50  As You Were    3.30  Min    4.10  Auvergnat    4.50  Turning Gold    5.30  Rhinestone


1.30  Vision des Flos    2.10  Presenting Percy    2.50  Burbank    3.30  Politologue    4.10  The Last Samuri    4.50  Oxford Blu    5.30  Mercy Mercy Me


We have one runner today at Newcastle

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

"I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that."

Lauren Bacall.

Velvet Voice and Velvet Vision at first lot

It was another wet night but the temperature certainly didn’t drop and there is no wind. We are having a busy morning in the yard as we have a couple of people away at the races but everybody is working really well. First lot went to the Cambridge Road and the rest have stayed on the polytracks closer to home. It would be nice to get on the turf as it is all starting to open up now, but with the amount of rain we have had lately it is very much still on the soft side and the artificial surfaces are much safer at present.

Cantering up Hamilton Hill

We have one runner today. Indian Red runs in the first race at the evening meeting tonight at Newcastle. He ran well to finish third there earlier in the year and he must have another chance of performing with credit tonight. Paul Mulrennan takes the ride.

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(L) TTMAB and (R) Garrison Law

It is the first day of Cheltenham today and the ground is going to be the main factor all week. It will certainly be testing and let’s hope the jockeys and horses all come back safe and that there is no whip abuse at it always looks very unedifying, especially when the ground is heavy. Horses should be pulled up much quicker if they are out of contention in my opinion. I am sure the stewards will be giving these instructions to the jockeys and the best four days of jump racing anywhere in the world, should be a great success.

Our tipping competition starts today to a level £10 win on every race. I hope we can point you in the direction of a few winners.


1.30  Getabird   2.10  Footpad   2.50  Vintage Cloud’s   3.30  Buveur D’Air   4.10  Apple’s Jade   4.50  No Comment   5.30  Any Second Now


1.30  Kalashnikov     2.10  Saint Calvados     2.50  Yala Enki     3.30  Buveur D’Air     4.10  Apple’s Jade     4.50  Duel At Dawn     5.30  Mister Whitaker


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