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We have one runner today at Leicester

Wednesday, 02 August 2017

"When equality is the aim, mediocrity is the result; when excellence is the aim, equality finds its true place."

Dr. Idel Dreimer.

Lost The Moon

Its overcast this morning with a few spots of rain in the wind, and the forecast is to pour later on. We have had a good morning with the horses, although we still have one staff non-runner. We’ve had plenty of use of the polytracks in close vicinity of the yard and we have been getting on with everything very well.

Two-year-olds cantering on Hamilton Hill

Four Fifty Three ran a sound race yesterday to finish fourth on ground that was drying up all the time. He is bred to stay well and I think once we get him over a mile plus, he will be winning races. I am delighted I didn’t run Velvet Voice as the ground was much too firm and once you get them jarred up at this time of year it takes forever to get them right again.

We have one runner tonight at Leicester where Astrojewel makes her debut in the 7.40, the six furlong fillies’ median maiden race. She is a filly we have always liked and will benefit greatly from today’s outing. We will start to know what trip and ground will suit her but let’s hope it doesn’t rain too much and turn the ground very soft.

Three of the string trotting

Glorious Goodwood got off to a fascinating start yesterday. I think we saw a very good two-year-old in Expert Eye and certainly a horse for the future in Stradivarius. It looked a very good performance by him to win a Group 1 as a three-year-old over two miles and he looks a strong St Leger contender. His sire, Sea The Stars, has always been one of my favourites.

There were some massive prices yesterday and it was a bookmaker’s bonanza with a 100-1 shot, a 50-1 shot and a 33-1 shot amongst the winners. Today I don’t think it will be very glorious at all, with heavy rain and wind forecast, it is more like a mac and wellies day, rather than a suit and panama. Our selections are below. Neither of us got off to a brilliant start, but at least I have nosed in front.


1.50  Frederic    2.25  First Nation    3.00  Battle of Jericho    3.35  Churchill    4.10  Last Enchantment    4.45  Titi Makfi    5.50  Sun Lover 


1.50  Aurora Gray    2.25  Wolf Country    3.00  Invincible Army    3.35  Zelzal    4.10  Lamya    4.45  Indulged    5.50  Mr Bossy Boots

Totals so far

MHT: minus £42.50

Richard: minus £70.00

Cooling down after exercise

There was no extra precautions taken at Yarmouth yesterday after last week’s debacle, and I don’t think there will be many changes to the system. As far as I can see, it was a one off mistake, which will have put everybody on their metal and I very much doubt it will ever happen again, but of course, never say never.