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Bracken Brae makes it six wins

Thursday, 06 April 2017

"We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance."

Japanese Proverb.

Red sky in the morning

It’s another perfect spring morning, although still on the cool side early on. It is getting warmer as the day is progressing. We have had plenty of horses out and the yard is ticking over well, all in good spirits after yesterday’s winner. We will be quiet runner wise for the next week, but I am delighted with how the horses are looking and they are all coming along the right lines. We have got to do a bit of stalls work with a lot of the younger ones and hopefully we will be doing that next week.

Walking to the start of the canter at first lot

Indian Red went into the stalls well yesterday. You can never quite tell what he is going to do, but he has been very good at home. Barry, my Assistant, has done a brilliant job on him, given him the confidence and along with Yarmi’s expert help, we have now got him handicapped and he can progress as the year goes on. He will be better on turf, is a great big horse, who is still a bit on the weak side, and we have to think that it will be another year before he is up to full strength.

Bracken Brae won her sixth race and it was a lot easier than it looked as she idles when she hits the front and only does just enough to win. She would have pulled out plenty more if properly challenged. A great big strong, scopy mare, and although we have won six, we have only just scratched the surface with her. If she has no problems, we will keep her going on the turf and then we have got hurdles and chasers down the line. Although she is quite ground dependant, it is the faster the better.


I see William Buick was commending the BHA after they cleared him of a ride at Chelmsford last month. I think he was very lucky in this respect and in my opinion it is disappointing that the BHA have set this precedent. I am sure this film will be shown and shown with other future misdemeanours occur, but good luck to the connections and the jockey can now ride at the Craven meeting.

Sandwood Bay

Aintree starts today and Richard and I will be going into battle again with our tipping competition. It is always completely different to Cheltenham, track, ground, time of year and let’s hope we can point you in the direction of a few. It will be one in every race at the meeting, plus three each in the big race itself and they will be to a £5 each way. Our selections are below


1.45  Top Notch    2.20  Defi Du Seuil    2.50  Cue Card    3.25  Buveur D’Air    4.05  Top Cat Henry    4.40  Gino Trail    5.15  Mountain Path


1.45  Cloudy Dream    2.20  Divin Bere    2.50  Silviniaco Conti    3.25  Identity Thief    4.05  Darwins Fox    4.40  Dandridge    5.15  Marias Benefit

Rebecca’s Tip of the Day

4.40  Doitforthevillage £5 each way