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Friday, 27 February 2015

"It’s easier to apologize than ask for permission."

Anon.

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Topamichi (Frankie) and Singing Hinnie (Jimmy) upsides

A bright morning, with a good covering of frost greeted us on the heath at first lot and the temperatures have got colder as the day has gone on. We had a mixed exercise at first lot, with horses using a variety of canters. We then did a bit more with some of the two-year-olds at second lot. Jimmy Quinn seems delighted with this year’s intake of two-year-olds and I have put him on several different ones each day. He rode the Lawman filly this morning and was very taken by her. It all augurs well for the future and it looks like we have a nice crop this year. I will start to bunch some up on the grass next week if the weather is favourable. My favourite ground for doing this is the Railway Land.

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Both going well

Legal Art ran another very sound race last night at Chelmsford City. She was bumped very early on, lost her position and got a bit unbalanced, but made good ground in the straight to finish a running on second, although the winner had already flown and had cost the very small amount of £210,000! She will be much better over further. I have given her three quick runs, so we will give her a short break now and bring her back on the turf in handicaps or maidens.

Prayer Time was drawn badly, as I told you yesterday, was very green both in the stalls and in the race, was pushed wide when trying to make some progress in the straight and stayed on well once getting the idea. He will be much more streetwise next time and with a bit of luck with the draw, can make a much better show.

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Finished their exercise, now a cooling walk

It was interesting to see the Ladbrokes profit fall by 9.3% on the year and then the Chief Executive stating that betting on racing was on the negative side. With the discussion on the new ‘racing right’ getting to a crucial period, it looks like this new financial way of getting money back into the industry is starting to worry the bookmakers and they are beginning to put out this information that racing is not their number one product in the betting shops. The saying, ‘they would say that, wouldn’t they’ is correct in this case, but we all must make the product (what a terrible modern saying) a much more enjoyable and exciting one. Much less moderate racing and more innovative marketing, especially at times when people can become involved, is what is required. I hope the new BHA is on the case.

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Educating the two-year-olds

I said last weekend I expected some new foals by the Monday and the same stands for this weekend. We have two that are bursting to foal and I am sure there will be pictures of the ‘new little darlings’ on Monday.