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We have two runners today at Leicester

Tuesday, 09 September 2014

"Why should a man's mind have been thrown into such close, sad, sensational, inexplicable relations with such a precarious object as his body?"

Thomas Hardy.

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Strings passing on the horsewalk

It’s a very similar morning to yesterday, with a blue sky, no wind and a good temperature. The one thing I have noticed the last few days is the very heavy dews we are getting, which always helps the grass remain healthy. We have had a very quiet morning doing a couple of canters with all the strings, using the town canter and Bury Hills chalk pits to the top of the hill. All has gone very smoothly.

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Walking to exercise

We have two runners today, both at Leicester. Prayer Time runs in the first at 2.20. He got a bit lost at Newmarket but will know a bit more this time and I am hoping he can finish mid division. He is a big tall horse who will be better as a three-year-old. Our other runner is Lexi Grady Alice in the 3.20. The same comments apply to her after her run at Newmarket. This is a big step downwards, as the race she ran in Newmarket has already thrown up winners. She is not drawn very well in 10 and I am not sure about the firm ground, but I will expect her to be a lot more competitive in this sort of contest.

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Cooling down after exercise

It is interesting to see that Criquette Head-Maarek, the trainer of Treve, has asked if Thierry Jarnet can replace Frankie Dettori for the last two runs of the mare. I think her thinking is that Thierry gets on very well with the mare and knows her much better than Frankie. Having a stable jockey can work very well, but sometimes they don’t hit it off with some horses for one reason or another and a change can often work. It may work, we will have to wait and see, but to my eyes she has not run on the right ground or track yet this year and may even be not as good as she was. There are so many things to take into account, especially as fillies get older.