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Tuesday, 19 October 2010



Ted Spread (Butch), Omokoroa (Colin) and Akula (Ashley)

"Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together."

 - Robert Redford



Mystery Star (Dan) and Astrodiva (Nikki)

A cold, bright morning but we have had some rain overnight and the ground was just starting to get tacky on Long Hill. We have been doing good, swinging canters with all the horses this morning and they continue in good form. We are now starting to come to the end of the turf season and with next week's horses-in-training sale nearly upon us, I will be getting the National Hunt team and any all-weather horses sorted out. 


Walking off Long Hill on a cold, autumn morning

Six runners today, two at Lingfield on the all-weather and four at Yarmouth where the ground is on the heavy side of soft. They have had a lot of rain there this last month and the ground has been taking a real pounding with the amount of fixtures they have had. Starting at Lingfield, we run Watch Chain in the 3.30 pm race, where there are one or two in the race that are higher rated than him but he is pretty consistent and he should be in the frame again. Forgotten Army runs in the 5.00 pm race but he is drawn not very well at 12, nevertheless this looks an ordinary sort of race and if he gets some luck in running he could be thereabouts. At Yarmouth we start off with Cotton Grass in the 2.20 pm race.  She is a big, scopey filly by Medicean, who will make a lovely three year old but I have rather thrown her in the deep end here, in what looks quite a good race. She is the sort to improve considerably for her first run. In the seller at 3.20 pm, we run both Miss Wendy and Edward Whymper. Miss Wendy should handle the ground and the trip holds no fears and Edward Whymper has been off the track for a while with a pulled muscle and the ground and trip are a little bit of a guess. We finish off with Izzet in the mile nursery, who has had three runs so far with his last being the best and we are guessing again about this very soft ground with him - let's hope they can all find some luck today.


Darren and Carol bringing over the Act One ex Highbrook and the Act One ex Torcross colts

I see from the Racing Post that Nic Coward, chief executive of the BHA, thinks that bookmakers will offer less than £50m for the Levy - I bet you it is more like £40m - and the situation is now starting to get serious. Only the  government can alter the laws that will generate the betting tax that has gone overseas or through the Betfair machine. In my opinion, this is the last chance that the racing industry has got to correct this matter and let's hope that everybody is up to the job.


Smokey Oakey (Butch) and Old Boy Ted (Colin)



Marvo (Dan) and Battery Power (Nikki)