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We are sending three runners out today

Thursday, 30 June 2016

"Forbidden things have a secret charm."

Publius Cornelius Tacitus.

Warming up on Hamilton Hill before exercise

It’s an overcast day but at least it is dry and no rain as yet. We have had a busy morning already with two sets of runners going off for this afternoon and evenings racing, a load of hay arriving before the end of second lot, the vet trying to get on with one or two items and the horses being exercised on Hamilton Hill, plus the phone never stopping. Just another normal day at Frankland Lodge.

Mr Turner gleaming in the sun

We have three runners today. Our first is Blue Bounty this afternoon at Yarmouth where our apprentice, Georgia Dobie, has her first ride for us. I was hoping for a bit more rain at the course, which would have given him a much better chance, but I am sure he will give her a good ride and she will gain a lot from it. It is not beyond the bounds of possibility that they can finish in the frame. We then have two runners tonight at Epsom starting with Prayer Time in the 6.10, the one mile four furlong handicap. I have fitted him with a hood and cheekpieces as he is another you are never too sure who is going to turn up. He should like the ground, the trip is fine, but as for the track it is anybody’s guess. However, these quirky horses like him, sometimes take this type of track. Our other runner is Topamichi in the 8.20. We have dropped him right back in trip, he will love the ground, should handle the track and is certainly not without a chance of making the frame tonight.

Regal Galaxy

I was very disappointed to see in the Racing Post today, the Newmarket correspondence picked out ten juveniles to pay their way this year. He must only live on the Bury side of town as all the horses are from that side. I would like to point out to him that there are seventy other trainers in town, a lot of them on racecourse side and it would have been nice if he could have selected a few of theirs to follow as well. I think when a Newmarket correspondence picks the horses to follow, he should have a much more varied selection, not just go for the obvious ones.