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A very changeable morning

Thursday, 17 April 2014

"There are days when you need someone who just wants to be your sunshine 

and not the air you breathe."

Robert Brault.

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Prayer Time & Hold Firm

It was a bright blue start to the morning, but as the day has gone on, it has gradually got more overcast. It was also cold first thing, but has got warmer as the day has progressed. I have had plenty of visitors today to see their horses, both in the yard and then out cantering. Everybody went home very pleased and full of enthusiasm for the future. This year’s horses look stronger and much healthier than the last couple of years, and I expect them to run accordingly. We have been educating the youngsters this morning and all has gone as planned.

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My Guardian Angel and Topaling

It was the first day of the Craven meeting yesterday, with the Free Handicap and the Nell Gwyn. It was great to see once again, a footstepsinthesand win the fillies trial, as we have got a foal and a mare in foal to that stallion. We have got the colts trial today, with the Craven Stakes at 4.05. Toormore is a worthy favourite and it will be interesting to see how he handles the ground and the dip. He was only a £36,000 yearling, which is the right money to pay for a horse, and look what he has turned out like. You certainly don’t have to pay the inflated prices they were making at last nights breeze-up sale here in Newmarket, to get a horse of quality.

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Nancy and Astrocat

I see the European pattern race committee, have stripped Italy of all its group races from next year. This is because they have failed to pay any prize money for the last two to three years, even to their own owners, trainers and jockeys. It could be sorted out and lets hope it is, but the Italian authority will have to put their house in order very quickly and abide by the rules.

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Legal Art and Lexi Grady Alice

I see Duncan Keith has died at the age of 76. As a young lad, he was always one of my favourites and was one I used to back blind. I don’t know why, but he will always hold a place in my memory, for some of the great races he rode and some of my pound bets which came off and helped me survive in the early days. Our condolences go to his family.

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Crossing the road to make their way home

The five to follow competition has taken some time to get organised this year, but is now up and running. It is free to enter and there is a great prize, a share in one of the syndicates for 2015. Have a go and encourage anybody you know to have a go too.