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Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

We need some luck

Tuesday, 07 November 2017

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."

Sir Winston Churchill.

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What a difference a day makes - yesterday's foggy morning

It's another cold morning and it feels quite damp but there has been no real rain. Although we've had one non runner, we have been able to get on well this morning with horses cantering, going through the stalls, being broken in and leaving to go racing. All has gone very smoothly.

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Velvet Vision leads the string

We have two runners today both at Kempton. Our first is Saint Anthony in the 5.15. He has had a couple of runs so far and this third one will qualify him for a handicap mark. He has been developing all year and will continue to do so. It will be interesting to see how he runs here tonight. Our other runner is at 7.45, when Indian Red runs in the two mile handicap. Once again one of our horses has a terrible draw as he is in stall 12. He has been running well without having any luck and he is certainly going to need some tonight.

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Rum Ration

It was a great Melbourne Cup for the Irish with a clean sweep of the podium and I think that is the third time the Cup has gone home to Ireland. The English have not been able to win it yet but it's only a matter of time, and the majority of  the horses here in the race were European bred. The Australians have concentrated on breeding speed into their horses and consequently their staying blood has been dying out. My other comment about this race, and a generalisation about how racing is going worldwide, horse races like the Grand National and the Melbourne Cup could usually be guaranteed to come up with a fairy story with a rags to riches horse, trainer and jockey, but nowdays big money talks and you rarely get a smaller operator having a runner in this type of race.

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    Garrison Law walks confidently round the yard

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The case about a trainer betting on his own horse was finally heard yesterday at the court of the BHA. It is 3 years since the said race and bet, so what an unbelievably long time it has taken to come to the end. The trainer has had it hanging over him for all that time and, whether he is innocent or guilty, the BHA must get it's act in order to bring such hearings forward quicker.