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Three runners today at Yarmouth

Wednesday, 03 May 2017

"A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read."

The Talmud.

Lost The Moon

It’s turned colder this morning, with the wind getting up a bit and looks as if it will stay like it all day. The text I got from Yarmouth racecourse warned of a good sea breeze, so a big coat will be necessary tonight. We have been using Southfields Round for most of the morning’s exercise and apart from one that got a bit strong, everything has gone reasonably smoothly. We still have a non-runner or two both on the stud and yard, which always puts everybody under slight pressure.

Hold Firm at Brighton yesterday

Hold Firm ran another sound race to finish third, but you could see what was going to happen from a long way out. If you try and come down the inside, especially in an apprentice race, you are going to get hampered, which is what duly happened. I think he would have been a length or so nearer, but once again he has not let his fans down. Gee Sixty Six was much too strong last night and his chance had gone after two furlongs when he proceeded to pull much too hard. I will drop him back in trip, put some headgear on him, i.e. different bridle and bit, and get him to settle for the next couple of races. He has tons of ability and great scope for the future. Just a blip on his upward curve.

Topatoo with her Mount Nelson filly foal

Today we have three runners at Yarmouth, starting off with Dixon in the 5.20. This looks a very hot maiden and like all ours, he will need this first experience. Dot Green is our next runner in the 6.50, the mile handicap. She just got touched off over course and distance here last year, before getting very upset crossing the course at York. I hope today’s small run in the horsebox and smaller field will suit her. She is a little bit on the big side, but I can see her running a good race tonight. Whatever she does she will improve greatly for the outing. Our final runner is Desert River in the last at 8.20. He ran some nice races last year and was second on this course over seven furlongs. I have done just enough with him at home and this should put him cherry ripe for future races.

Watching out for anything to eat

Topatoo finally gave birth to a filly foal last evening and a very attractive strong foal it is as well. She has been hanging on for a long time, as you all know, but has been running milk now for over a day. Nature is a marvellous thing as they are only born when they are ready. She is a half-sister to our own Topapinion, who I think highly of. Out of a Group winning mare, it is another generation of the Topatori family, which has done us so well over the years.