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We are going to Lingfield today

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

"Some people feel the rain — others just get wet."

Roger Miller.

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Working in groups

It’s an unbelievably wet morning. The rain is coming down in stair rods and is as wet as it has been all winter. It’s typical as I had planned to work some horses Between the Banks, which is a good way across, and horses never seem to work really well in the rain. Everybody got completely soaked through with two lots of workers and it went as well as it possibly could do. As we speak now it has been raining heavily for the last three hours.

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Lost The Moon and Dot Green

Heavensfield did not disgrace herself yesterday and will now get a handicap mark. It looked a very interesting maiden and with the favourite Moorside finishing fourth, it will be fascinating to see what handicap mark she gets. She is still learning and once again didn’t come down the hill into the straight very well and hit the ridges when trying to pick up.

We have one runner today at Lingfield and one stalls test there as well. Astrosecret, who blotted her copybook last time, will have her test before the first race and then Sweeping Beauty makes her debut in the 7.20. This looks a strong maiden once again and I will just be happy if she gets round, learns a lot from this experience and beats as many as she can. She is the first foal of Brushing who won the Cumberland Plate and the Galtres Stakes so I expect her to improve with age and I have always liked this filly.

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Second lot 

It is the build up to the Derby this week for the weekend and it looks a wide open race with 18 entered at the confirmation stage. The old adage of ‘usually the best horse wins the Derby’ will hopefully work out once again, but with it being so wide open and no stand out horse, there have been several supplementary entries. But, there is only one Derby and if you have a chance, you must have a go.

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(L-R) Dixon, Astrowizard and Indian Red with the rain lashing down

There is a big article today in the Racing Post about whether we should stay in or come out of the European Union and how it will affect the industry. I personally don’t think it will affect the industry whatsoever and will definitely be in our favour if we came out because, if we did anything or brought in any new rules, it could not be appealed by the European court. It certainly wouldn’t affect the movement of horses because we have a tripartite agreement with Ireland and France. It also wouldn’t affect the breeding side in any way and our sales would still boom, but please read the article and make your own mind up.