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An interesting first day at Chester

Thursday, 08 May 2014

"There's more to the truth than just the facts."

Anon.

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Toptempo

We were lucky to get two lots out before the rain set in this morning, but it is now pounding down and looks set for at least the next hour or two. I have put some of the two-year-olds upside again this morning and sent them along a bit quicker. Let’s hope we don’t get any sore shins at evening stables.

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Topamichi

I see Al Kazeem has returned to training, with the original owner and trainer, after his brief career at stud. It must be very disappointing for all concerned. We sent a mare to him but failed to get into foal, and have had to switch stallions in mid stream. It seems to happen a bit more nowadays, where these stallions are not very fertile, and it is something that should be researched as to why.

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Receiving instructions

The first day at Chester went off with plenty of outsiders winning and I am sure the bookmakers went home happy, although the last favourite did win. There has been a bit of an uproar about the draw once again and horses being withdrawn. My suggestion of a staggered start, as in greyhound racing, has not been put forward. You are always going to get this problem of non-runners, when you have such a draw bias. The other thing to come out of Chester yesterday was the amount of runners’ one owner had in a race and whether these should be restricted. When you have a course like Chester with very few starting stalls, and the maximum of 17, for an owner to have six or seven runners is not very good for everybody else. I think there should be a maximum of three, but it is for other people to decide that not me.