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Sunshine and showers today

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future."

Gail Lumet Buckley.

Ginger Lady leading Garrel Glen, Melo Pearl and Belle Bayeux

It’s a mixed day weather wise with sunshine and showers. There is also a cool breeze. We are using the polytracks close to home this morning and with plenty of people in we are getting on well with all the horses. We have been doing two canters with the first three lots and the remainder have been going up Hamilton Hill just the once.

Astrobreeze ready for exercise

.. and cantering on Hamilton Hill

Four Fifty Three was never in the right position at any stage yesterday and couldn’t get involved. I think the track was a big surprise to him, but he will have learnt something. He seems to have come out of the race well this morning.


I can’t quite agree with the ITV sports director who thinks he will attract a bigger audience if they cut the jargon. I don’t know what kind of sports director he is, or what sport he follows, but every sport has its own jargon, whether it is football, cricket, darts or croquet and that is what attracts people to the game. People like intrigue and the feeling of being in the know. If the TV Company’s want to dumb down everything I feel it is the wrong way to go.


We have one runner today at Beverley

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."

Winston Churchill.

Working on the Peat Moss gallop

It’s really quite overcast this morning but the sun is due to break through leaving a warm sunny day. The temperature should get up to around 19 degrees this afternoon which will make it very pleasant. We took a few horses over to the peat moss gallop to work first lot and all went well. The horses look in magnificent condition and I am very pleased with how things are going.

Rum Ration, Astrojewel and Topalova

We have one runner today at Beverley. Four Fifty Three runs in the one mile two furlong handicap at 4.40. Paul Mulrennan takes the ride. It is a fairly hot race but he is working very well at home and is ready to go. I am hopeful of a good run.



There is an article today in the Racing Post still talking about the violence at both Goodwood and Ascot in recent weeks. Barry Hearn speaks a lot of sense and agrees that more money needs to be spent in order to keep the thugs under control. It is Newbury this weekend and they, in the past, have succumbed to a free for all when two rival football teams clashed. More is needed than just ‘bar spotters’ and CCTV. Security that is not afraid to get in the middle and defuse the situation is required. Let’s hope they have learnt from the recent episodes. Only time will tell.


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