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It's the Guineas weekend at Newmarktet

Friday, 29 April 2016

"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing the attempt."

William Shakespeare.

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Strings passing on the Hamilton Hill

It’s a bright morning and if you can stand out of the wind you can actually feel a bit of warmth from the sun. First lot cantered on the Rubbing House polytrack and I had a few partners in Desert River watching him do a good Yorkshire canter over six furlongs. Everything else has gone quite well this morning and we have been using the polytracks nearest to the yard.

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Topalova

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Smile That Smile

Peeps was not quite in the right position to challenge yesterday although I think she ran a sound race. I am sure there will be days in the future when things go her way rather than have a troubled passage as she did yesterday. Our only possible runner over the Bank Holiday is maybe Topamichi on Monday.

It is the Guineas meeting at Newmarket with the ground changing overnight once again to good to soft. I could have told the Clerk of the Course it was going to be like that as we have had at least 8 to 10mm overnight and we have had heavy showers all week. It will certainly suit the soft ground horses. I think Aiden O’Brien and the Coolmore Partners have got two great chances of winning both Classics once again. I should love to see Newmarket compete, but I think both Stormy Antarctic and Marcel will be playing for the minor honours.

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Sir Percy ex Missouri leading Dixon and Time Down Under

There seems to be more and more gambling companies going to the wall and we saw another one today. 666Bet is going into liquidation. What with all the high street fashion chains disappearing and so many people losing their jobs and pensions, it must be very distressing for those involved especially when huge dividends have been taken out of their firms. I hope the Government has a good hard look into these businesses, and the BHA investigate before giving any gambling company the all clear and making them Betting Partners. It doesn’t do the sport any good at all.

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Astroshadow

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Sandwood Bay

It’s been all change paddock wise on the stud this week as we have had plenty of rain. This is the ideal time to move them into the summer paddocks as the ground is in perfect condition for them to run around on. Angie and David, the stud groom, split them up into groups based on their dates of foaling. This is done to avoid any ‘playground bullying’ by an older foal. It is great to see the foals starting to play with their pals away from the mothers. As you know we have one last mare to foal. Jewelled is still hanging on and could be a few more days yet - much to Malcolm and Max’s dismay who want to see the foaling.