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Is it the lull before the storm?

Monday, 30 March 2015

"If you are not enjoying the journey, you probably won’t enjoy the destination."

Anon.

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Hold Firm leading the group

It’s a cool morning with plenty of breeze and the forecast is for heavy rain showers and strong winds all week, all the way through past the Easter weekend. It won’t bother us much though as we will have very few runners for this week. It is always hopelessly planned by the race planners that after Doncaster, there is very little racing until Newmarket Craven. Why they can never get this sorted is beyond me. There is always plenty of chat about different seasons and different championships, but they can’t sort out the racing programme so they have no hope of doing anything else. It has been like this for as long as I can remember and it is about time somebody did something. Our horses have been cantering on Long Hills and Bury Hills and apart from one that was being a bit awkward, everything has gone smoothly.

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Practicing through the stalls

Comrade Bond was disappointing at Lingfield, but he had a bad draw and was always doing too much. He was also far wider than was good for him. There are plenty of other days for him. Topamichi pulled a bit hard and did too much early on, which was the undoing of him, but he still ran with credit and we haven’t finished winning races with him yet.

The Dubai World Cup was interesting. It was great to see an English, Irish and two French trained winners, but the World Cup itself was slightly disappointing with the frantic pace and an eight year old coming through to win. There is no rhyme or reason to the form and I personally think it would be much better to run the World Cup on turf. This would hopefully attract the best horses in the world, rather than just the top dirt performers. However, it is unbelievable prize money and if any of us had a horse good enough, we would all be delighted to turn up and give it a go.

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Walking home through the woods

We had quite a few captions sent in with what Peeps was saying to Jimmy. A couple that caught our eye was ‘ I don’t fancy going out in this weather either’ and ‘as Easter bonnets go, I think you could do better’. Jimmy has ridden the filly this morning and was delighted with her. I think she will be having her first run of the season in two to three weeks time.