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Thursday, 21 May 2015

"How reluctantly the mind consents to reality."

Norman Douglas.

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Singing Hinnie leads Swilken

It's a very sunny morning and at present not a cloud in the sky. There is just a slight breeze which is keeping the temperature down and the forecast is for very similar conditions for the weekend. After yesterday's busy morning we have been cantering on Hamilton Hill and then picking grass in the shelter of the yard. All has gone well so far.

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Hold Firm with Astrowolf

Both our runners yesterday ran well, especially Comrade Bond who travelled smoothly throughout the race. There will be other opportunities for him if he continues in this frame of mind. He has been the most marvellous horse for the syndicate through his career and has still plenty to offer. Band of Thunder's race was a joke with most of the hurdles being omitted because of the low sun. The BHA should do something about this situation as it is becoming a regular problem. These evening meetings under National Hunt rules at this time of year should not be allowed, but don't forget the BHA is based in London and have very little knowledge of these problems.

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Walking home

I see the two big racecourse groups, the Jockey Club and Arc, plus the major independents are planning to sell their picture rights direct to the bookmakers rather than through intermediaries. This should put over £70million back into the industry that was being creamed off by private shareholders. There is still a long way to go yet and plenty of talking no doubt. The winners will be the racecourses and let's hope they put most of it back into prizemoney, which in my opinion is the only way to encourage and keep owners in the industry.

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The Rowley Mile stands from the Back of the Flat

We are only a couple of weeks away from the Derby, although I am sure if you asked anybody on the High Street when the Derby is and who was the favourite, all you would get back in return is a blank expression. It's so disappointing to me that the race that should stop the country for five minutes has hit such a low ebb. The people who moved the race in the first place and still promote it have a lot to answer for.