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We have three runners today

Monday, 25 April 2016

"We know what we are, but not what we may be."

William Shakespeare.

Dixon

Dixon

It started off dry this morning, cold, but no rain. Unfortunately, as the morning has gone on and as we write this daily news, the rain is bouncing off the top of the cabin. Thank goodness there is very little wind, which is just keeping the temperature bearable. According to the Countryfile forecasters it is going to get progressively colder as the week goes on, even some snow is forecast. We still have two big rugs on all the horses which is a good thing at present and there is one mare left to foal. She is still hanging on and who can blame her in this weather. She is six days overdue now and it looks like it will be at least the end of the week before we have a new little darling. The exercise of the morning has been cantering on Southfields Round and all has gone well.

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Lost The Moon

We have three runners today, two at Chelmsford and one at Southwell. Heavensfield is our first runner at Chelmsford at 4.30. I think I picked one of the hottest maidens for this filly to start off in with at least five of them looking to be above average. I have always liked this filly who is by Motivator and it will be fascinating to see how she takes to the track and to the hurly burly of the day. She will only improve for the outing and I am sure in time she will be a very nice filly.

Our next runner is then at Southwell in the 4.40. Sant’Elia runs under Tom Queally. I think the handicapper has gone slightly barmy given her 64, but she is a very big filly who I have had to give plenty of time to come to hand. Whether she will handle Southwell is open to debate and we will only know today when she steps on the surface for the first time. It will be very interesting to see how she runs.

Our last runner is then back at Chelmsford in the 5 o’clock, the mile and a quarter three-year-old handicap. Topalova makes her handicap debut. She is a filly that will love the turf and improve again for a bit more distance. This surface should suit, but she has done all her racing at Lingfield so I am just hopeful of a reasonable run today.

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Authorised ex Four Miracles colt (See the sydicate page)

It was the climax of the National Hunt season at Sandown on Saturday and all the titles were decided and presented on that day. It is a shame there is only four days between the end of the season and the start of the next one. With the racecourses being so keen to put on  meetings which are good revenue raisers, there is no break at all and I think it is very short sighted in this respect. If all the jumping boys and horses could have three weeks to a month off, which could easily be organised, it would help everything. It would recharge the batteries for the personnel and it would let the racecourse recover from the pounding they have had all winter, but I am afraid that in today’s modern society, money and marketing men call the tune. It is just a sign of the times.

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Velvet Voice leading Stellekaya