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A bright, sunny morning

Saturday, 28 August 2010



Edward Whymper dives into the pool


''You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder.''



Darren and David trying to keep dry as Edward Whymper swims off

A bright, sunny morning and everybody is in good form, both horses and lads. A bit of a mixed bunch, the first two lots with backward two year old fillies going across to Racecourse Side to gallop; they included Cotton Grass, Astromagick and Five Hearts and most of the others cantered on Bury Side, having a pick of grass afterwards. Everything looks to be moving well, they are certainly eating well and I am looking forward to the latter half of the season.


Cornish Beau (Butch) and Kinsya (Steve S-E)

We have runners today at three meetings. Munro's Dragon runs here at Newmarket and this will be his third run. He has been very backward getting his brain into gear and another experience should start to get it right but I cannot see him winning today, as it looks an above average race again. Piccarello runs at Goodwood in the maiden auction race; he was a bit disappointing last time but I may have run him too quickly. I think he will handle the ground and I am hopeful of a good run. Finally tonight at Windsor, we run Zenarinda in the mile handicap at 7.40 pm; she has run sound races on every occasion, is still lightly raced, hopefully the track will suit her and I can see her not being far away. 


Red Barcelona (Zezhavz) and Ted Spread (Colin)

Only one runner on Sunday and that is Smokey Oakey at Goodwood, who runs in the mile handicap at 5.05 pm. He will love the ground and I am sure will be thereabouts; he has been a great servant to us but is very ground dependent and, consequently, he has slipped down the weights having to run on unsuitable ground, he deserves to get his head back in front shortly. I will be going hurdling with him this winter, as he has shown a great aptitude for it.


No Rules (Dan) and Theola (Maria)

The Owls are away at Hartlepool - another dream fixture! I know Jeff Stelling of Sky is a great fan of 'The Pools' and Phil tells me on their website the manager is very confident of beating Wednesday, little does he know. Arsenal are away to Blackburn and the office is full of confidence for another convincing victory.
It is the Challenge Cup final today at Wembley with the Leeds Rhinos playing the Warrington Wolves. If you have never watched Rugby League before, watch this, as it will be a great game and also the result will be very close. The one thing that always strikes me about Rugby League is that both sets of spectators really enjoy themselves, know the rules well and there is never any trouble, just good natured banter, which there should be at all sporting events but this doesn't seem to sink in to football spectators and, unbelievably, Rugby Union is starting to slip that way.  


Astrovenus (Holly) and Locum (Zezhavz)



Toparichi (Ashley) and Barwick (Colin) with MHT and Craig, one of Fasette's owners