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A warm morning once again

Friday, 09 July 2010


                                                           Imjin River and Ted Spread

''Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and, at last, you create what you will.''

                                                                     - George Bernard Shaw


                                                        Miss Wendy and Dulcie

A warm morning once again and plenty of visitors with both the sales and the July Cup here at Newmarket today. We have had a couple of quick lots out this morning, as it is all hands to the deck with the sale horses, going through the ring at Tattersalls this morning. Steve Avery was up there at six o'clock, getting everything ready for the lads to arrive around nine thirty. Let us hope there are a few buyers around.


        MHT with Bryan and Brenda Agar watching Smokey Oakey (in front)

Three runners today, starting with Dazinsky at Ascot, who runs in the two mile handicap at 3.00 pm. Hopefully, there will be plenty of pace, which will suit him; it looks a particularly tricky race, as there are several in form horses but he is drawn well, has a good jockey in George Baker and if the course suits him he must run well. Tonight at Chester, we run Astrodonna in the 6.10 pm, the lady rider's fillies handicap and Locum runs in the 9.20 pm, the mile and a half handicap, by when I hope they still have the lights on. Astrodonna must have a bit of a chance but it is Nicki's first ride; although she rides very well there is no substitute for experience on the track, nevertheless I expect Astrodonna to run well. Locum is not drawn brilliantly and Ashley will have to drop him in from an outside draw but there is plenty of pace in the race and that should suit - here's hoping.


                                                             Marvo and Astrolibra

A great race for the July Cup today with runners from America, France, Australia and Ireland making it a really exciting leg of the Global Sprint Challenge. But why with a fabulous day's racing like this at Newmarket do the powers that be let York, Ascot, Chester and Newbury -four top tracks - have racing on the same day? It is completely beyond my comprehension!