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We have one runner today

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

"It isn’t our position but our disposition which makes us happy."

Anon.

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Comrade Bond and Jack Carter

It’s mild, but overcast this morning and although we have had a reasonable amount of showers over the last few days, it has only really dampened the dust. We are still galloping on the watered gallop as the other turf, even the peat moss, are too firm. Quite a few horses have come down the perfect strip at first and second lot and we will be having quite a few runners from now onwards.

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Astrowolf and Astrovirtue

We have one runner today. Hold Firm runs tonight at Lingfield. Nathan Alison has his first ride for us in the 1m three-year-old handicap at 7.20. For once, he is drawn well and he must have a very sound chance, if all goes well, of being very competitive once again. He is an ultra-consistent, tough colt, who I would love to get on the grass, but he won’t go on firm so the all-weather is perfect for him.

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Sant'Elia and Prayer Time

I see there is an article in the Racing Post about Yarmouth and how they should start to build bridges with the public, their members and the racing professionals who supply the products, when they finally reopen. I think this article is very premature as Yarmouth is not sure to reopen in August and it may be next year before we get racing there. They were always complaining about why they couldn’t get the top horses at Yarmouth, but I told them many times, and I have said so on this website, that the only way to get good horses is to put proper prize money on, which is what Arc have been very reluctant to do. It was one of the best tracks in the country, with a good cover of grass, perfect for Newmarket trainers to have runners, as it is not too far away, it’s flat and there’s not too much razzmatazz for the horses. If they get the track right, with a good sward of grass, put prize money on, look after the owners, instead of being in a portable hut at the back, they will get good horses and trainers. It’s as simple as that. Great Yarmouth could be great again, but it needs some effort.

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Careless Rapture and Regal Galaxy

I was reading an article in the business news section of the Racing Post, on the joint venture to broadcast British and Irish racing abroad, and how it has now got an operating profit of £6.5 million. They seem to be selling our racing to more and more countries, which can only be a good thing if we are getting the benefits. There is always a but, and to me it is how much are we getting back into the industry that goes into prize money? If somebody can tell me I would be very pleased. All I want is how much a year comes back from this initiative that we all signed up to, when we agreed to 48 hour declarations. The amount that goes into prize money, not into somebody else’s pocket. I can hear the silence now.

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Topamichi on Hamilton Hill