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Schooling went well this morning

Thursday, 08 June 2017

"There is no such thing as a list of reasons. There is either one sufficient reason or a list of excuses."

Robert Brault.

Cantering towards the Links

There was a slight shower overnight and it is quite cool this morning, overcast with a breeze. It is forecast very similar over the weekend. We have had a good morning with a few horses schooling at the Links, two over the proper hurdles and two just having a change of scenery and trotting over the poles. All the rest have used various polytrack including the Cambridge Road, Southfield Round and Hamilton Hill. Everything is ticking over well.

Desert River and Astrosecret schooling

There seems to be a big hullaballoo about the Epsom’s Master of Ceremony. Matt Chapman presented the Oaks winner, but was dropped in favour of Martin Kelly for the Derby presentation. In my opinion each presentation, whether it be low grade at Wolverhampton or the Dubai Cup needs a different approach and it is just purely a matter of choice whether you like the presenter or not. It is a non-story really. Where is Clare Balding when she is needed? Playing golf I would think.

Gee Sixty Six

There is a good article in the bloodstock column of the Racing Post today - In fact both editorials are interesting. The first one is stating so called jumps stallions are capable of producing top class flat racehorses and two of my favourite, Champs Elysees and Mount Nelson are profiled. Both these stallions are sound, good looking, great walkers and at the right price. They just weren’t deemed fashionable by the trendsetters in the breeding industry. Don’t ever be put off using these two on any mare.

The other one was about Linamix. He has sired several stallions that have always been marketed as jumps sires, but with Rajsaman, he has a classic stallion already. The success of Brametot, who came with that great late run, has put this stallion on the map and will keep the line running for years to come. Breeding is fascinating, and there is no right or wrong way, despite all the advice people try and give you. The Aga Khan always gets it right to me, along with Juddmonte, who use all sorts of stallions, new and old, and it invariable works. You just need a big slice of luck.

The view across Warrren Hill

Its polling day today, so don’t forget to vote and the stations stay open to 10 o’clock tonight. I won’t give anybody any of my home spun advice and I can hear everybody say thank goodness.