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Saturday, 28 May 2011

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”

 - Johann von Goethe

28-05-06Colzium (Wajid)

At long last, we have had some good showers but it has not made a lot of difference to the ground. In fact, Newmarket is good, good-to-firm in places and I would suspect more good-to-firm all over than good. Nevertheless, we are happy for small mercies and if we keep getting some rain from now onwards all the tracks will start to ease. I couldn't have the horses in better form and we are hopeful of a few runners next week. We have been cantering on Long Hill polytrack over 7 furlongs this morning and everything is moving fluently.

28-05-09Cornish Quest (Hannah)


28-05-15Comrade Bond (Abbi)

We were delighted with Astroleo yesterday, who was bred at Dullingham Park Stud out of Mystic Meg's mare, Astrolove. He was running off his old handicap mark, less Charles Eddery's 7 lbs claim, so in theory he had a bit of a chance, if handling the undulations of Brighton. In fact, he handled them very well, quickening down the hill and then staying on in his very genuine fashion to win cosily. I wonder what the handicapper will do with him now. He certainly had a rush of blood to the head last week and I am sure he will re-assess him again in a more favourable light.

28-05-35Astrolibra


28-05-71Five Hearts (Rhea)

An interesting comment by Richard Hughes today in his article in the Racing Post and quite a brave one at that, when talking about the jockeys, who are being investigated in the latest betting scam. I am delighted that people are now starting to speak out, as I have always done about the betting exchanges and low class racing. When we stage this low grade racing for unbelievably low prize money as Richard says, "nobody should be shocked if corruption is the end result".
I also see that A.P. McCoy was criticising the prize money at Wetherby last Thursday and what an embarrassment it was. The most valuable race was worth £2,602 that evening. Tony went on to say he felt sorry for the racing staff, who were working late for a tiny percentage of any prize money. He is not quite right on that score but it is pathetic how much their percentage would be. However, if the trainer is paying the stable staff correctly, they would get several hours of overtime on their expenses. This is then charged on to the owners, so once again it is owners that suffer with this pathetic prize money. Two things could happen to change this - 1. Don't have a race meeting or 2. Trainers and owners boycott it if it is not up to tariff. This should bring these few racecourses into line that are holding out against change.

28-05-39MHT talking to Ashley on Kathleen Frances


28-05-83Second lot picking grass on Long Hill

You all should be sitting down at ten-to-seven tonight with a pork pie, packet of crisps and a very nice bottle of wine ready - the first glass poured as you get ready to watch , hopefully, a fantastic feast of football. Barcelona, the most entertaining team in Europe (Phil would disagree with me) against the most efficient team in Manchester United. I hope United come out on top.

28-05-92Second lot walking home on Rayes Lane