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Friday, 03 October 2014

"Angels descending, bring from above,

Echoes of mercy, whispers of love."

Fanny J. Crosby.

Astrowolf (Jimmy Quinn) Humphry Repton (Ali) and Prayer Time (Reece)

It’s still warm this morning, with plenty of sunshine and blue sky but the forecast is for it to change by tomorrow with a Gulf Stream moving south and autumn should really be upon us. Wind, rain and much colder. Just what the trainer ordered. We have been over between the banks once again this morning at first lot and second lot had a long exercise, culminating in a canter on the Al-Bahathri. Third lot are just about to embark on Long Hill polytrack.

Smile That Smile (Sophie) and Peeps (Jessica)

We have one runner today and none over the weekend, but it looks like we will be having quite a few next week. Astrodiamond is our runner today making her debut at Wolverhampton tonight in the 1m 4f maiden. She suffered from sore shins badly in the spring, hence her late appearance. She is the sister to a couple of nice horses we have trained and I am hopeful she can improve the family record. She will need the experience tonight though and she is up against horses who have had plenty of runs between them. I am sure if she handles the new surface she will run will real credit.

Sant'Elia (Ali) and Lexi Grady Alice (Yaz)

It is the big weekend in Paris to look forward to, with plenty of good racing both tomorrow and Sunday. As I said earlier in the week, Paris will be full of English race goers who usually swell the crowd there. The Arc itself is very competitive once again this year, with plenty of runners and the draw will play a big part once again, as will the weather. I am still going to stick with Treve each way and also Tapestry, who has been supplemented by the Coolmore team. They are my two against the field. If you have never been then make every effort to go there at least once in a lifetime. It is a great experience.

Walking home down the completed horsewalk

It is interesting to read the comment in the Racing Post today on the young apprentice who lost his appeal against suspension. I think comparing the decision to the rough justice that Lester Piggot was given as a youngster was slightly wrong. I think Lester was banned for trying too hard, not the other way aound. I am beginning to come round to the thought that everybody, whether it is owner, trainer or jockey, should take these decisions on the chin, rather than be up in arms every time they think they have been hard done by.

The view across the gallops

In Bill Barbers piece today in the Racing Post, he mentions the BHA board and the changes that are about to happen. Gone are four very experienced people who understood racing through and through, to be replaced by as yet unknown members who are being interviewed as we speak. If Bill’s information is correct and a practicing bookmaker will be sitting on the board, we have started to join the crazy gang. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Jockey Club Estates sign

I think the Jockey Club have run out of letters, or the person who wrote this didn’t look at his dictionary. I always thought that scrape was spelt with an E and scrap was something that boxers do, or maybe the person has a dog of that ilk.