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A little bit cooler this morning....

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

“A rumour goes in one ear and out many mouths.”

 - Chinese proverb

11-05-03Ted Spread (Butch)

A little bit cooler this morning and it is clouding over, as the morning progresses. I don't know whether there is any rain up there but let's hope there is. The forecasters keep promising us some this weekend but I suspect it will be more of the same for the next few days. We have been out cantering on both Warren and Long Hills on the polytracks followed by a pick of grass. They all look well, as I keep saying, and we had a loose one first lot, which took exception to a lorry on the Moulton Road and proceeded to gallop home across two roads but thankfully no harm done.

11-05-08Cornish Beau (Hannah)

11-05-33First lot picking grass on Long Hill

Watch Chain was given a peach of a ride yesterday by Kieren Fallon, who got him covered up well and the pace of the race certainly helped. He has got quite a bit of talent when things fall his way. The ground there was faster than at the first meeting and that proved the downfall of Star Commander, who was never really going on the faster surface. He was given a sympathetic ride and, once getting some proper ground and I think a bit further would help, he will be in the winning enclosure.

11-05-39MHT and the Reverend Graham Locking in conversation with Steve on Dazinski

11-05-53Shomberg (Lauren)

It is the start of the York Dante meeting, where I am told the ground is good. Iain, my travelling man, has had a walk out on the track with his trusty stick and confirms it so but it will dry up quite quickly, so a shower would certainly help. We have two runners there today, starting with Kathleen Frances, who runs in the mile and an half handicap at 3. 35 pm. This looks a competitive race, as it should do for York but she is a progressive filly, who I think should have a good season and has been moving well of late. Tom Queally takes the ride. In the 4.45 pm race, we run Barwick in another very competitive-looking three year old handicap. He finished off last season with a good second and, hopefully, will stay this trip today. There are a lot of nice horses taking part today and it will be a race to follow and look back on during the season. I am certainly hopeful of him running well and progressing for the race.

11-05-58David gives Like Clockwork some grass