The final day of Cheltenham with the running of the Gold Cup ....

A warmish morning

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Having a warm-up canter on the Town sand

''Sow a thought and you reap an action;
                                                                         sow an act and you reap a habit;
                                                                         sow a habit and you reap a character;
                                                                         sow a character and you reap a destiny.''

Kathleen Frances (Butch)

A warmish morning and everybody tells me that it rained a lot in Newmarket yesterday but Angie and I missed it, as we were on our way to York, where they had nothing and the ground was on the good side of good. If they have no further rain there, it will be on the fast side today. We have had a mixture of horses out first two lots, all doing varying things on both the canter and gallop on Long Hill grass.

Barwick (Colin) and Comrade Bond (Dan) 

We were highly delighted yesterday with Ted Spread in the Voltigeur. The time of the race was very good and, I think, the quality of the race was the best we have seen for a while with the Derby third, the Irish Derby second and the Royal Lodge winner, ahead of us we can be very satisfied, particularly on ground that was good but not his preferred softer surface. We are now looking forward to the St. Leger with definite hopes, especially if the ground is in our favour, of being in the frame. There was a sea fret at Brighton and viewing was patchy but it looked like the two year old ran okay. Power of Dreams will come on a lot for the run and we need to step up the trip for Astrovenus. Ice Magic ran a creditable race at Kempton last night and is now handicapped.

Brushing (Nicki)

Two runners tonight at Folkestone, where I hope they are not telling us porky-pies about the ground. Watch Chain is in the 6.30 pm race and he has run well here in the past; he is one of those that everything has to fall right with but if it does he will not be far away. In the 7.30 pm we run Locum, who is ultra-consistent and if handling this different type of track should be in the mix again tonight.

Smokey Oakey (Butch) and Kinsya (Steve S-E)

Phil and I completely forgot about our tipping competition at York  yesterday, as it was just so busy in the office early doors and I was rushing off to York, so we agreed we would both have given you five winners apiece. Today's tips are as follows and the results are to a £1 level stake. 
1.45 pm: Clear Sailing - MHT, Chilly Filly - Phil
2.15 pm: Electrolyser - MHT, King of Wands - Phil
2.50 pm: Temple Meads - MHT, Shropshire - Phil
3.25 pm: Martyr - MHT, Overturn - Phil
4.05 pm: Face the problem - MHT and Phil
4.40 pm: Path of peace - MHT, Soorah - Phil 
Battery Power (Liam) and Astromagick (Michelle) 

 Omokoroa (Colin), Dazinski (Liam) and Theola (Nicki)