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Another fresh morning

Saturday, 17 July 2010



 Ted Spread (Nicki) pulling out

''I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat, than by doing the right thing on somebody else's advice.''

- W. Somerset Maughan


Lady Chloe (Colin) and Battery Power (Ashley)

Another fresh morning, in fact, a bit of a cool breeze and we have had a very short, sharp shower. I took four two year old fillies over to the watered gallop first lot, where the ground was still in great nick; the experience will have done them the world of good. Everything else has had a nice canter and a good pick of grass. 


Astromagick (Michelle) and Cat Island (Nicki)

I went to Nottingham yesterday, where we had the three runners and I was delighted with the turn-out of Flint Cottage owners, which swelled the crowd there considerably. It is one of those tracks, which drives you to distraction: it has a perfect layout, flat and galloping in nature, the stands and bars are adequate but the ground is either rock hard or mushy, as it was yesterday. The crowd is always very small, so consequently, there are very few bookmakers and no atmosphere on course at all. The owners are given a voucher for a discounted baguette, only to find before the first, they have run out of most fillings and have only got the two that nobody wants left - what great catering! Anyway, back to the horses, Comrade Bond needs to go back to 5 furlongs, Marvo just needed it as I mentioned yesterday and, I think, Captain Clint needs to come back in trip as well.


Ted Spread (Nicki) striding out on Warren Hill

Three runners today, starting with Astrolibra at Market Rasen, she runs in the listed handicap hurdle at 2.00 pm, this is a £40,000 0-150 handicap. I think she has got herself very badly handicapped on 117 and I cannot for the life of me see how the handicapper can justify that one but because there are very few races that she can now run in, you are forced to take on the type of opposition we are meeting today. I am sure she will not disgrace us but it is a tough ask. Tonight at Haydock, we run Omokoroa in the 7.40 pm and Zenarinda in the 8.40 pm. I have sent both up there for the softer ground, so hopefully they have not been telling porky pies and the ground is what they say it is. If it is not when Iain my travelling head lad walks it, they will not be running. Omokoroa must have a bit of a chance, as he has run well before on this track and, hopefully, for the first time this year he will have his favoured softer ground. The same applies to Zenarinda, who has run three sound races, the best being when she was fourth to Bullet Train as a two year old. I have been waiting for the softer ground to run her and,  I am hopeful, tonight of her showing her true worth.  


Ice Magic (Colin)

The favourite charity of Angie and I is Helen and Douglas House, which is a hospice for children in Oxford. They have just started a weekly lottery with prizes being paid out every week; it is a fantastic charity and if anybody is interested, go to: and play along. You can be guaranteed any money will be gratefully received and goes to do so much good.