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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

"Rainbows apologize for angry skies."

Sylvia Voirol.

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Cantering on the Long Hill polytrack

There is no wind again this morning but also no sunshine, which means we have not had an overnight frost and the temperature is low, but not cold. We have a few more staff in today, with holidays over and jockeys riding out, so we have had a good morning work wise. I used the Al Bahathri first lot and second lot on Bury Side. The coats on the horses continue to improve and it is only March. Everybody gets excited at this time of the year, thinking the start of the season is upon us, which it is, with the Lincoln at the weekend, but it is always a damp squib start. We say it every year, the season doesn’t get going until Newmarket’s Craven meeting. There has got to be some deep thought gone into the flat season fixture list.

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Astrovirtue

I see Lord Hesketh, the owner and chairman of Towcester racecourse, was having a chirp about the budget and how racing has to appreciate its fortunes are tied to the high street bookmakers. He stated the fixture list was restricted from having more race days and with the greyhound track, which he is about to build, he can race 150 times per year and make full use of the facilities. I wish him well in this venture. Towcester has always been a maverick track, has never joined the other tracks in whatever they have tried to do and this greyhound venture will be a jump into the unknown.

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Swilken

There is plenty of chat about the Guineas in the Racing Post this morning, with all the right noises coming out of Ballydoyle and Australia being touted as another wonder horse. He is out of that great mare, Ouija Board, (there is an article on her today in the bloodstock section). It will be exciting to see what develops during the trials and the early classics. Being by Galileo he should stay well and could be a Triple Crown winner, but just watch, something will come out of the woodwork, which it usually does, to thwart the favourite and save the bookies from a massive payout.