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What a glorious morning

Monday, 03 March 2014

"Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going."

Jim Ryun.

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Walking out to exercise

It’s a glorious morning with blue sky, no wind and plenty of sunshine. I hope it stays like this for a while. All the bulbs are really starting to come out at the stud and there will be a great display in about two to three weeks time unless we get some hard frosts, which we can get at this time of year. I was listening to a man on the radio the other day, who was nearly guaranteeing us snow in April. He could be right. Everything has been out and had a good canter around Side Hill or on Warren Hill.

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Swilken cantering

The build up to Cheltenham continues in a big way and the ground forecast there looks to be moving towards good–soft, which will be ideal for everybody. There should be very few excuses, ground wise, if that is the case. I see Annie Power will be taking on Big Bucks in the World Hurdle. That has always looked the way they would go as there are other contenders for the Champion Hurdle and the Mares’ Hurdle. It should be one race everybody will be anticipating with excitement. With the loss of a few of the big players this year, it gives other horses a chance of getting on the score sheet. The only one worry is the mass entries from Willie Mullins, who has such a powerful team, but racing is a great leveller and I am sure we will have great stories of the underdog once again this year. 

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Astrodiamond

We must wish Sir Peter O’Sullevan a happy birthday today; he is 96 and still going strong. He has not been very well over the last year or two, but is still as enthusiastic as ever over the upcoming festival, and I am sure he will be watching intently at all the goings on. He shares a birthday with quite a few people, including Sir Mark Prescott and Ronan Keating, three people with great voices. I hope he makes 100; he has been a fantastic ambassador to our sport and the best commentator of all time.