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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

Theodore Roosevelt.

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Peeps with Bracken Brae

It was a bright glorious morning at 5.30, but as the day has gone on the clouds have rolled in although we have no rain as yet I'm sure soon we shall have heavy showers similar to yesterday.  We have been galloping horses on racecourse side at first lot and all has gone well so far. In fact I'd go so far as to say that I'm really delighted with the two-year-olds who are starting to get their act together well, and we only need to pop them through the stalls before making an entry.

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Blue Bounty leading Legal Art

Two runners today, one at Lingfield this afternoon and one at Southwell. Comrade Bond runs in the 5 o'clock at Lingfield on a course that should suit him. We have put the cheek pieces back on hopefully to make him concentrate. He is drawn in the middle, and if things fall into place during the race he must have a chance of getting competitive today. The ground will suit as well. Band of Thunder is our runner tonight in the 7.50 at Southwell. He won well last time and carries the penalty tonight, but as he is due to go up ten pounds in future he is six pounds better in today. It looks as if there will be some pace which will suit and we are hopeful of another good run.

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Permera with Ixchell

Two points to pick out from the Racing Post today. I see that the BHA are complaining that a £40,000 hurdle race at Warwick has only attracted five runners. The simple reason for this is that it's at the wrong time of year. There are just very few four-year-old fillies in the summer in training and whoever thought this idea would work needs to think again.

The other point is that the field sizes for two-year-olds has fallen sharply despite there being more two-year-olds in training than last year. In my opinion the reason for that is that most of these horses are in the hands of the minority. Normal owners, as I call them, have not bought many yealings or breeze up horses. They need the prize money to increase to be able to afford to have horses in training. Consequently a lot of the expensive two-year-olds will not be running until the end of the summer onwards. The BHA, who are based in London, are completely detached from this reasoning and just don't seem to understand.

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Mr Turner and  Jack Carter