Encouraging reports...

A nice fresh morning with plenty of wind

Friday, 16 July 2010



Red Barcelona (Colin) and Akula (Liam)

''Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.''

 - Charles Dickens



Toparichi (Darryll) leading Dictate (Pat), Izzet (Michelle) and Old Boy Ted (Dan) 

A nice fresh morning with plenty of wind but the clean air is a delight to be out in. I hate the closeness of the weather that we have been enduring this last month. First lot went over to the watered gallop, where we met Pat and Darryll . Although we have had a little shower overnight the ground was still in great condition. 


Edward Whymper gives Darren and Caroline a bath!

Three runners today at Nottingham and, unfortunately,we have had to withdraw Cornish Beau from his race at Haydock,  as he has developed pus in his foot. This is the sort of thing that drives trainers round the twist, as I have been waiting so long for some easier ground for this horse and when I find an ideal race and conditions in his favour, declare him, we find the above problem at the eleventh hour. It will clear up reasonably quickly, as treatment started away but it is just so frustrating.

At least we have three runners at Nottingham, where hopefully the ground will be in our favour. Comrade Bond runs in the 6f. nursery, this is the first time he has had his ground and I will be disappointed if he does not run a sound race. It is always difficult at this time of year with these first two year old handicaps, as the handicapper is a little bit flying in the wind, until he sees how the form is working out. This may be the case today, as the Mark Prescott top weight could have been let in lightly. Marvo appears next, he is in the mile handicap, he will like the ground but may just need this run for over a month. Captain Clint completes our trio in the mile and a quarter seller, I think this is more his cup of tea and I shall be disappointed if he is not in the first three. 




I see the BHA have overturned the Harry Findlay ban, where he was banned for laying his own horse to lose, which is against the rules of racing. I don't know the ins-and-outs of the case, as most people don't, so cannot comment on the rights and wrongs, as to whether he should have been banned in the first place but he always seems a larger than life character, who has put his money where his mouth is and has had a lot of horses in training, which has helped many trainers.

I have always thought ever since it was made legal that being able to bet on anything to lose, whether it be a horse race , a football match, a tennis match or snooker, etc.,  was the start of a slippery slope. You can argue it always happened in the past and the bookmakers kept it to themselves. Now, at least with the exchanges they are  working with the powers that be, so if any anomaly occurs they can deal with it but, I still maintain, it was definitely a step in the wrong direction to allow anybody to bet on anything to lose. 


Astrolibra (Zezhavz)


Zenarinda (Liam)