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The Owls are on their way to Wembley

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today."

Stacia Tauscher.

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Working in pairs at first lot

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Astrowizard and Regal Galaxy

It’s a bright warm morning and one every Sheffield Wednesday fan will have a smile on their face. The horses have been galloping on the peat moss on racecourse side. They have left plenty of grass on it this year and it is riding like a carpet. All went well and the horses are progressing fitness wise. We had two lots of faster work, and a couple of lots stayed on Southfields Round and Hamilton Hill.

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The gallopers at first lot making their way back home

The two runners who unfortunately fell on Sunday have been out and exercised. Topamichi has got plenty of bumps and scrapes, but he is sound and apart from a bit of bruising, there is no great harm done. Prayer Time has a nick on his near fore which is no problem whatsoever and I have entered him on Sunday at Fakenham, where all being well he will take his chance.

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Topalova, Velvet Voice and Dot Green at second lot

It is the opening of the Newcastle all-weather today, which is a sad day in my view with the turf track finishing, but unfortunately this looks like the way we will be going over the next 20 years. I am sure at least 50% of flat races will be run on the all-weather, maybe even more during that time. It is all down to costs as the maintenance is high on the turf tracks and all you need is a tractor and a rotavator for the all-weathers. We will have turf festivals, but it will be similar to America by 2050. There are plenty of runners there today though. The northern trainers certainly needed an all-weather track, which keeps the show going in the winter time, but there are a lot of down sides. I believe there will be many fewer jumpers as the owners will keep them on the flat, rather than send them over hurdles where they can pick up injuries much easier.

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The Racecourse commentry box  on the July Course

The Owls are on their way to Wembley for the play off final after their heroic draw at Brighton. It looked like going badly wrong for the first 25 minutes and when Brighton scored, it looked like the flood gates would open. However, a slice of good fortune got Wednesday back into it and for the second half we completely out played them. I hope we can win at Wembley, but I am sure we will be the under dogs once again. Let’s hope the prospect of £200 million will motivate the players.