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First day of York

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

"The world always looks brighter from behind a smile."


Astrodiamond and Astrocat

It’s a bright sunny morning and the forecast is for it to be like this for the next few days, in fact a mini heat wave. After the rain we have had the grass will fly up on the stud and the ground on the track should nearly be perfect. As normal on a Wednesday, we have had a relatively easy morning with one canter and a quiet walk back through the copse, with a pick of grass.

Crystal Pearl and Topaling

It’s the first day of the May meeting at York today. It has always been one of my favourite meetings of the year and has invariably been a lucky meeting for me over the years. It doesn’t look like we will be having a runner there until Friday. Today’s highlights are the Musidora, which is a very good trial for the Oaks and the Duke of York, a high class sprint, which we won several years ago with Steenberg. There is plenty of redevelopment going on at York, with the repositioning of the pre-parade ring and the weighing room, which will be in situ by next year. I am sure it will be a big improvement on what we have now. It is another one of those places that if you have never been, you must make the effort to go.

Oh, got an itchy leg!

I see the Irish are now experiencing, or at least facing up to the problems we have had over here, with the funding crisis. In a very informed piece on page 18 of the Racing Post today, Alan Sweetman writes a really good article on the Irish industry. It is well worth reading.