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Day 2

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

"Discipline is remembering what you want."

David Campbell.

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Blue Bounty (Sinead)

It’s a drizzly morning, in fact there is a bit more than a drizzle. We have had periods of quite reasonable rain. I think it will only dampen the dust though; it certainly won’t alter the ground. A quiet morning exercise wise, with a canter Bury Side and a pick of grass. The backward two-year-old colts, which have just come in from Garrowby, are doing everything right, cantering up the hill and behaving themselves very well. We have got a couple of big backward fillies which are now starting to do work, and they will be out on the heath shortly.

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Nancy (Tom)

A great start to Royal Ascot. What a day yesterday was and in Kingman, it looks like we have a very good substitute to Frankel. It is marvellous to see Khalid Abdullahs operation having these top class horses that will stand at stud and hopefully inject some brilliance into their mares. Today’s racing looks just as good, with the Prince of Wales being the highlight. Let’s hope Treve can get back into winning ways. She has a couple of other good fillies to beat today.

Our tipping competition got off to a good start with four winners between us and neither of us lost any money. A good start.  It’s just a good as the Antiques Road Trip. Our selections for today are below.

Richard  (+£20.27 after first day)

2.30    That Is The Spirit  3.05  Tiggy Wiggy  3.45  Magician  4.25  Certify  5.00  Abseil

5.35  Alutiq

MHT (level stake after first day)

2.30  Musical Comedy  3.05  Anthem Alexander  3.45  Treve  4.25  Sky Lantern  5.00  Prince Of Johanne  5.35  Lady Lara  

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Peeps (Sophie)

I see the TurfTrax sectional timing was not used at Ascot yesterday, because nobody paid for it. There are only a few people who are interested in this in England and they are the anoraks who have nothing better to think about. In America it works because all the tracks are exactly the same and the commentators are always quoting the sections. We in England have completely different tracks, all shapes and sizes and races are run to the whims of the jockeys. To my mind sectional timing will never take off in Britain.