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An overcast morning and, in fact, it is pretty cool

Thursday, 05 May 2011

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love."

 - Maya Angelou


Izzet (Iain)

An overcast morning and, in fact, it is pretty cool, so you need a jacket on, out on the Heath. Still no sign of rain but there is a faint hope of some this weekend; it would be marvellous if we could get some, especially on the Knavesmire, as we are hoping to have a few runners at York next week. All the horses have had a good healthy exercise and are looking and feeling really well.


The two apprentices, Ashley and Charles, on Astroverdi and Cornish Beau


Bird of Faith leads some of second lot onto the Warren Hill polytrack

Mystery Star ran as well as anyone could have expected yesterday at Chester in the Cup from his very bad draw on the outside. Neil Callan managed to manoeuvre him on to the rails somehow and he travelled round really well. The race wasn't really run to suit him after that with the front two given too much rope by the pack but he stayed on best of anything to be a good third. He will now be aimed at the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle towards the end of June. 


MHT talking to Steve on Dazinsky


Ron (Alex)

A very good article in the Racing Post today about Chester as a course and it emphasises all the things I have been saying for so long about the young generation going racing. How anybody can say we don't attract the 17 to 30 year olds is beyond me, as you only have to go to Chester and York to see that argument is complete rubbish. This generation love going racing, always look smart, enjoy themselves, have a bet and come back again the next time.They are given good bars to buy food and drink at sensible prices, they can have a bet easily and would recommend the experience to anybody. What we don't want to encourage is the people that only go once, have a terrible experience and complain about it. I just hope the people that run Racing for Pennies have managed to look on a map and find where Chester and York are. They may even have thought of going and I hope they did but somehow I doubt it, as they think anything north of Watford is a strange country.    


Ashley on Kathleen Frances, picking grass second lot