It's Champions weekend ...

It's the first day of Aintree

Thursday, 03 April 2014

"I bet on a horse at ten-to-one.  It didn't come in until half-past five."

Henny Youngman.

Toptempo and Topaling

It’s another overcast day, very similar to yesterday and I am coughing well. It must be from the smog and the sand from the Sahara, which we are told has blown over from Africa via Europe. We had Ben Curtis in for first and second lot and I was getting him accustomed to Topaling and Crystal Pearl. They are two very nice three-year-old fillies that will be running towards the end of April. We were just doing normal exercise canters on Bury Side, but he got a good feel of their ability and wellbeing. Hopefully Ben can take quite a few of our rides this year. He is a very cheerful lad who has done well in Ireland, and if things fall right for him, could go a lot further over here.

Blue Bounty and Nancy

It is the start of Aintree today with three days of great racing. I thought after the trouncing I gave the Marriott family over Cheltenham in the tipping competition, I would hear no more, but no, they are attempting to beat me once again. Our first day choices, to a level £10 win on each race, are below. If we have a non-runner the money goes on the favourite. It looks like the ground will be just on the slow side of good. There will be big crowds everyday and if you have never been, I recommend you make the effort to go at least once in your lifetime. The atmosphere on Saturday will be second to none, as the runner’s line up for the big race and are called in; you can cut it with a knife.


2.00 Activial    2.30 Menorah    3.05 Rock On Ruby    3.40 Richard’s Sundance    4.15 Astracad    4.50 Oscar Whisky    5.25 Busty Brown


2.00 Calipto    2.30 Silviniaco Conti    3.05 The New One    3.40 Warne    4.15 Sound Investment    4.50 Uxizandre    5.25 Uncle Jimmy

Smokey Oakey

I would like to show you a picture of Smokey Oakey today, looking fantastic in his new home. The Riding for the Disabled is having a fund raising day on Saturday, at Lingfield Park, and all funds go to the charity. If any of you are going, please donate generously. If you aren’t going, but would like to give something to this fantastic charity, you can donate online. Smokey is very happy and looks a picture of health and happiness. We are so thrilled that this very special horse, is as loved in his new home as he was in his old one.