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Gee Sixty Six runs tonight in the 7.10 at Kempton ....

Happy Birthday Rebecca

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

"May you live all the days of your life."

Jonathen Swift.

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Dixon

It's a completely different morning from yesterday. There is a blue sky with no wind and the temperature has risen by at least five degrees. Once again a beautiful spring day. All the horses are keeping close to home today with a long walk and trot followed by a five furlong steady canter. Their coats are beginning to change and sometimes it takes several weeks for the fillies to get their summer coat properly. It is always an indication, especially with the fillies, of when they are feeling at their best.

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Smile That Smile

Blue Bounty didn't disgrace himself yesterday when finishing fourth. It looks to me as if the centre of the track, where the low numbers were, was the faster ground. I'm sure that was the case. It's amazing on these all-weather surfaces that the ground can be worked to make it ride faster or slower on certain parts of the tracks. I never like my jockeys to come up the inside as usually it is much slower on that part of the course. I prefer them to challenge up the middle if at all possible.

We have one runner tonight at Kempton. Peeps runs in the first division of the mile and a half handicap at 6.05. I have retained the blinkers on her in what looks a very open race. If she gets any luck at all she should be competitive once again.

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Gee Sixty Six

Angie and I and all the staff at Frankland Lodge and Dullingham Park wish Rebecca Marriott a "Very Happy Birthday" today. I am sure that everyone who knows Rebecca will wish to join us to say have a lovely time!

Not a brilliant start to Richard's and my festival competition, although we weren't too far away with several selections. It was a great day for the Irish though and it was marvellous to see two such hugely talented mares win two such good races. Today's picks are below.

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Walking up Hamilton Hill

CHELTENHAM TIPPING COMPETITION

                RICHARD MARRIOTT                         RACE TIME                           THE GUV'NOR

                                                                                         1.30

                Yorkhill                                                                                                       Yanworth


                                                                                         2.10

                No More Heroes                                                                                        Vyta Du Roc


                                                                                         2.50

                Politologue                                                                                                  Blazer


                                                                                         3.30

                Un de Sceaux                                                                                             Sprinter Sacre                       


                                                                                         4.10

                Valadom                                                                                                     Josies Orders


                                                                                         4.50

               Messire Des Obeaux                                                                                  Akavit                           


                                                                                         5.30

               First Figaro                                                                                                  Castello Sforza     

ALL HORSES TO A £10 WIN STAKE

Yesterday's Totals:

Richard: minus £40.83

Mark: minus £57.50