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Friday, 08 May 2015

"For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?"

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Singing Hinnie (Brian) and Astrowolf (Sophie)

It’s a very warm morning with the temperature up, I would think, into the 20’s, and we have been out doing good canters on racecourse side. We have been using the Rubbing House canter and walking quietly back via the farm on Southfields. All has gone well so far.  

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Astrovirtue (Leon) pulling out for third lot

It looks like it is going to be a good day for racing, with the Conservatives wining the election and the racing right will be high on their agenda. Mr Osborne mentioned it in his last budget and with Matthew Hancock, our MP, they will be pushing to get it through. It has had the full backing of all the parties and although there will be some challenges along the way, especially from the bookmakers, hopefully it should be in place as quickly as possible. 

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After exercise Royal Applause ex Astromancer is having a pick of grass

We have two runners this weekend, one tomorrow at Nottingham on the flat, Humphry Repton, and one on Sunday over hurdles, Band Of Thunder. Humphry only had the one run last year when he was very green at Pontefract and he will need this comeback run tomorrow. It looks a competitive little contest as well. Band Of Thunder let himself down badly last week, when refusing to go in the stalls at Lingfield on his debut for us. We have got him out quickly, but there are no stalls at Plumpton. I am sure he will run well for a long way, but may just need this first initial outing.

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Permera looking out into the yard

The Derby and Oaks fixtures have had a couple of the O’Brien inmates added to their possible list after Chester this week, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Irish had a clean sweep of our Classics once again. They have a brilliant and well organised team, with their breeding programme and attention to detail. The words ‘they make it look easy’ spring to mind. It’s not easy though and all congratulations need to go to Aidan and his team who keep the standards up year after year.