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Thursday, 23 September 2010



Locum (Zezhavz)

"When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude."

- G.K. Chesterton



Astrodonna (Dan) and Brushing (Nicki)

It has just started to rain, which is very welcome, as the ground was just starting to firm up everywhere. It is forecast to continue for most of the day, which will be very helpful. A good couple of canters on the Polytracks was the first two lots' exercise and a few have been hitting the swimming pool as well. It has been a real boon having the pool in such great order this summer and everything has benefited from it.


Mystery Star (Maria) and Cornish Beau (Iain)

The draw and how we had to ride Forgotten Army was very much against us last night so, consequently, he ran very disappointingly. This is not sour grapes but why we have to have all-weather racing at night in the summer with nobody watching and with very moderate prize money, all of which is very expensive for the owner, as overtime expenses and payments add up along with the transport costs, is beyond me. My staff didn't get back home until nearly midnight last night and are on the go again this morning. I told the travelling boy to remind me and have also told Phil not to let me enter anything at either Kempton or Wolverhampton evening meetings ever again or until prize money exceeds £10,000 a race. If that ever happens, we will be living on the moon and Scunthorpe United will be top of the Premiership. What good this poor racing does for the industry I just can't think, it tires everybody out and puts people off.  


Old Boy Ted (Colin) and Star Commander (Ashley) 

One runner today, Red Barcelona at Fontwell, who runs in the the three year old maiden hurdle at 2.10 pm. He has schooled well over hurdles and I would expect him to perform with credit today. He has been a bit disappointing on the flat since his good run at Pontefract in the spring, when he finished second but has taken to jumping at home very well and let's hope he can find his form again. 


Astrolibra (Abby) and Cat Island (Nicki)

Great celebrations in the office this morning, as Phil has been a lifelong supporter of Northampton Town,  (and if you ever get chance to have a ten minute chat with him, ask him about his days as the editor of the Northampton Chronicle and their sponsorship of Northampton Town in the eighties - it is a great story), who pulled off a miracle last night by beating Liverpool at Anfield. It just goes to show that sometimes David can beat Goliath.