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One runner today at Lingfield

Thursday, 18 June 2015

"Art doesn’t have to matter to a lot of people to matter a lot."

Jeb Dickerson.

Mr Turner leading Humphry Repton

It’s much sunnier today and with no wind, it is quickly warming up. The exercise of the morning, once again, has been mainly on the Rubbing House canter as the Jockey Club are refurbishing the Southfield round canter and most people are using either the Hamilton Hill or the Rubbing House. The horses look fantastic in the sunlight and they are all in great shape. We just need some rain to run, but the forecast is not very encouraging for the next few days.

Toparali and Smile That Smile

We have one runner tonight though, on the all-weather at Lingfield. Peeps runs in the 1m 4f fillies handicap at 7.55. I don’t think the handicapper has been very kind to her. She has been well beaten at Lingfield and Pontefract and was quite a long way behind on her debut at Newmarket, although the form of that first race looks top class. There are horses in here that have shown reasonable form in maidens and we can only be hopeful tonight with this big step up in trip. We are not drawn very well either.


Royal Ascot continues today with the Gold Cup as its highlight. I must wish Malcolm and Maxine Franklin good luck as they have a share in the very exciting Trip To Paris, who won the Chester Cup, a race I would love to win. It is another day when you need plenty of luck in finding the winners and although I managed to sneak one yesterday, I am still minus to a level stake. Today’s guesses are below.


Standing after day two

Richard minus £120

MHT minus £45.92


2.30    Log Out Island    3.05    Time Test    3.40    Zamoura    4.20    Trip To Paris    5.00    Resonant    5.35     Maxwell


2.30    King Of Rooks    3.05    Bocca Baciata    3.40    Curvy    4.20    Forgotten Rules    5.00    Amazour    5.35    Dissolution

Walking back into the yard after exercise

I see the viewing figures were down once again on Channel 4, which is very disappointing and Clare Balding will be deserting us for next year, which will make matters even worse. To my mind they seem to forget the horse and the great stories behind them. We are always hearing about betting, which the majority of people don’t want to hear in the first place and the booth that they use is so boring. It is only good for after the race and the re-runs, just to show any incident or bad luck story. Somehow we need to find presenters who actually have worked in the sport and understand it thoroughly. They would make it so much more alive. It is the only sport that doesn’t have this.