Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

Good luck to everybody on day four

Friday, 19 June 2015

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."

Pablo Picasso.

L-R Astrovirtue, My Guardian Angel & Astromajor on the watered gallop

It’s an overcast start to the day with a breeze, so coats once again are needed when out on the heath. I have had two lots of workers on the watered gallop and I have been very pleased with how they have gone. I had the racing chaplain, Simon Bailey, out with me this morning so there was plenty of divine intervention about. He has really fitted in well after taking over from Graham and is now beginning to find his feet and everybody knows him.

L-R Mr Turner, Prayer Time and Jack Carter

Peeps ran very well from a bad draw last night at Lingfield and looks sure to be able to win races in the coming months. Some rain would certainly help her cause and a different track, but she was bursting for a run and this will have taken the steam out of her and put her right for the next few months. I have so many of them just waiting to run and I may have to revert to the all-weather if the ground doesn’t come right.

Regal Galaxy and Permera

Ascot was marvellous yesterday and the viewing figures were up from the day before, so everybody should be happy. Congratulations to Malcolm and Maxine on Trip To Paris’ great win and I hope they had a word with Her Majesty and told her about next year’s Oaks winner, which they own.  Richard Marriott got very lucky yesterday with two winners and has now taken the lead in the competition with two days to go. I don’t think we have done badly considering it’s a £10 bet on every race and it could go right down to the line.


Standing after day three

Richard minus £21.25

MHT minus £50.92


2.30    Laxfield Road    3.05    Ol’ Man River    3.40    Tiggy Wiggy    4.20    Lucida    5.00    Gold Trail    5.35    Aloft


2.30    Illuminate    3.05    Stravagante    3.40    Limato    4.20    Ervedya    5.00    Watersmeet    5.35    Yarrow

Marktime on Hamilton Hill

I must make a mention to Ryan Moore who has been absolutely brilliant this week and is fast becoming this generation's Lester Piggott. He has such a quiet demeanour and doesn’t realise what the racing fans think of him. He goes about his business in a quiet ultra-professional way and is just a most brilliant jockey. Another jockey to give great credit to is Graham Lee, who is another understated character. To win the Grand National and the Ascot Gold Cup is a phenomenal achievement and he is another who doesn’t shout from the rooftops, just gets on and does the job. Both are a great ambassador to their profession.

Blue Bounty