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Will common sense prevail

Friday, 31 October 2014

"During the darkest indigo midnight, yet will countless stars blossom."

Dr. Sun Wolf.

Topamichi (Jimmy Quinn)

It is unbelievable warm and the forecasters tell us it is possibly going to go to 21 degrees this afternoon. I have never known a warmer October. We have had a very busy morning already, with owners calling in to see their horses in training and mares and foals. It is always great to see everybody and I hope they liked what they saw, I’m sure they did.  Long Hill grass has been the exercise for the older horses and the two-year-olds certainly seem a lot livelier in the ride at second lot, in fact it was a good job we didn’t have at least two loose ones as they were kicking and jumping so much. It is a very fine line between how much work you can give them when they are recovering. Too much and you can set them back and too little you can have accidents, but they are certainly starting to recover well.

We have one runner today at Newmarket, Toptempo runs in the 3.10. I certainly think she has an eachway chance today and will definitely be a good price. She was very disappointing last time, but Catterick didn’t suit her and back on a proper galloping track, I can see her getting involved today. Tomorrow we run Comrade Bond in the 7f handicap at Newmarket at 4.15. He ran well last time at Brighton but my warning is that he has never run really well at Newmarket. I am just hoping tomorrow he can change that.

Blue Bounty (Ali)

It is the Breeders’ Cup weekend with the Europeans very much to the fore. Let’s hope we can bring back quite a few dollars, which helps pay the bills. It is a fantastic racecourse at Santa Anita with a great back drop. I can remember visiting it years ago when I was an assistant and I took a horse out there which belonged to the film director of Blazing Inferno, a great film. He had the horse in training here in Newmarket with Ryan Jarvis, who I was assistant to. It was a great trip and I was very lucky to meet lots of film stars and the American training professionals. Unfortunately the horse didn’t do much in America, but that they say is sometimes how it goes.

Astrowolf (Reece)

I see the Aussies are still not allowing Slade Power to load late. Let’s hope common sense prevails and they can come to some sort of compromise and the connections allow him to run. My call for Universal Rules should be heard, but as usual I doubt it will be. On the same thing, the Horses In Training sale finished yesterday with an amazing set of figures and just shows how well thought of worldwide our horses are. They will be racing in every jurisdiction in the next year and I am sure everybody will be back with bigger budgets next season.