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I will say it again, prize money needs to be increased ...

What a busy morning we have had

Monday, 13 January 2014

"The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others."

  Anon.

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Topaling out at exercise

It’s a bright morning with blue sky and plenty of sunshine and it is not really very cold, in fact it’s a perfect January morning. There has been a lot going on already, with the older horses out cantering and the two-year-olds going round the indoor ride, plus our runner going off to Lingfield. This was only after a bit of a scare when the horsebox refused to start and we had to jump lead it off my car. It’s all in a days work.

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The two-year-olds in the indoor school

We have one runner today, with Comrade Bond running in the 3.50 at Lingfield. I hope the light has not gone by then and they can see where they are going. He is drawn on the outside once again. However, I am reliably informed now, it is not as bad a draw as we all think, as nothing seems to win up the inside at Lingfield. But in this small field there shouldn’t be much problem. I would be very hopeful of a good run today and I am sure he will perform with credit as he is such a genuine and consistent horse.

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The Marriott family with Battery Power

There was some average racing over the weekend but plenty of excitement. The one thing that I noticed particularly, and have always thought, is how good Richard Johnson is. He has had to live in the age of A P McCoy, a complete legend of our sport. Without him being in the way Richard would have won the jockeys title just as many times as his big rival. He is very strong and is head and shoulders above all the other jockeys when it come to tactics and riding a finish. He deserves to be champion jockey at least once, but I suspect A P will keep on going until his 5000ths win, which could rule any chance of that out.