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We have one runner tonight at Sandown

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."

Confucius.

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Dot Green

It started off dull at first lot but as the morning has progressed, it has got much brighter and warmer. We have been cantering on the Rubbing House polytrack and Southfields round for the first two lots work this morning and all has gone well. 

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Desert River leading Time Down Under and Dixon

We have one runner tonight at Sandown. We are in the last, the 8.40, where we will nearly need miner’s lamps and oxygen. The groundsman tells us they had very little rain yesterday and overnight and the ground is genuinely good, so I will be letting her take her chance. Harry Bentley rides in what looks a competitive little contest and I hope she can put her best foot forward. It was a very muddling race last time at Lingfield, which didn’t suit her, but I would think tonight’s could be up her street. Let’s hope so.

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Indian Red and Gee Sixty Six

I see Mark Johnston has had plenty of people disagreeing with him over his comments on the concentration of betting on the TV coverage, especially the bookmakers who are making the most noise. I am sure Mark’s comments were taken out of context. He is a very clear thinker and understands the game thoroughly so some of the letters in today’s Post are missing the point. He understands that the gambling industry keeps the show on the road, but we, the industry, are the main source of income for the bookmakers. Without us they would be in a poor state and other sports couldn’t produce the income for them that we do. Mark understands that, he understands the handicap system well. What he is saying is that the programme is boring and has lost all the fun out of it because of the incessant and constant drivel talked by the so called form experts which we are inundated with constantly. The programme needs to brighten up, have plenty of banter and interest between professionals who know what they are talking about. I will not be commenting further on this matter, but will wait and see what and who ITV comes up with.