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Another very sunny morning......

Friday, 08 April 2011

"He that will enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade."

 - Samuel Johnson


Barwick (Colin) and Dictate (Charles)

Another very sunny morning and with no wind, the temperature will soon rise. Thank goodness there was quite a heavy dew overnight, which will at least give the grass a drink. I can remember an old groundsman telling me he would never cut the grass until at least mid-morning, as he called the dew "God's watering". What a wise man he was, I just wish he could have passed on some of his knowledge to the young managers of today. We have been doing two good canters with everything this morning and apart from one blip everything has gone smoothly.


Colzium (Wajid) and Finger Spin (Abbi)

There is a bit of chat in the Racing Post again today about the tariffs, especially about tomorrow at Lingfield. Arena Leisure have been very tricky in the tariff area and with Darley/Maktoum family sponsoring Channel 4, the condition race has had to be cancelled from their coverage tomorrow. It is very disappointing that Jeremy Noseda and Brian Gubby have got entries, as it only takes one of these occasions to concentrate people's minds. Almost everybody, including the racecourses, are working together now but there are always a few that will spoil the party and are quick to complain, without putting in any effort.


Battery Power (Lauren) and Five Hearts (Ruth)


Cornish Beau and Iain lead second lot across the Severals

Aintree tipping competition

After Day One (to a level £10 stake), MHT is plus £19.16 and Phil is minus £53.34. So, on to Day Two with the selections below: 

                                                     PHIL                                                 MHT

                          2.00 pm                       Topolski                                                        Perfect Smile

                          2.30 pm                       The Giant Bolster                                     Quinto de la Roque

                          3.05 pm                       Kalahari King                                             Somersby

                          3.40 pm                      Mon Parrain                                                Scotirish

                          4.15 pm                       Sparky May                                                 Back in Focus

                          4.50 pm                      Golden Chieftain                                       Ringaroses            

                          5.25 pm                      Glorious Feeling                                         Ceol Rua


The two year olds having a second canter upsides


MHT talking to Colin after cantering