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Rain at last....

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Always be kind for everyone is fighting a hard battle.

 Plato

31-05-01Arriving on Racecourse side

At long last we had some good rain late yesterday afternoon, and it continued on through to the middle of the evening. We had nearly half an inch at Dullingham, but Mick the foreman on Racecourse side said they had 6mls, which in English is just about a quarter of an inch I think. We went with first lot across to Racecourse side and took a risk by working on the Peat Moss Gallops. It was very usable but another shower of rain will make it perfect. Second lot workers went up the Town Sand and then up the Long Hill polytrack. Everything is in great shape, fit and ready to run.

31-05-5Mark giving working instructions

Three runners today, two this afternoon at Leicester and one this evening at Yarmouth. Our first two year old of the year runs today at Leicester, Dine Out in the 5 furlong maiden fillies at 2.15. At the time of writing there are already 8 withdrawals in this race. I would suspect because of the changing ground. Spotlight in the Racing Post is very scathing about my record with two year olds first time out, but he can't understand that I will not have them hit or have a hard race on their debuts. It usually ruins them for life if they don't enjoy their first experience on a racetrack. Saying that, Dine Out is out of Sosumi who was a fast filly herself, she has a good temperament and has always pleased me at home. Whatever she does today there will be plenty of imprivement to come.

Comrade Bond runs in the 3.45, the three year old handicap over a mile and a quarter, we have upped him in trip this year and he is another that I expect to run with credit. At Yarmouth tonight Izzet runs in the seven furlong handicap at 8 o'clock. He is ready for this first run, but his fitness maybe just a concern as he had a problem with his foot two weeks ago and missed work for a few days. This should put him spot on and tell us the right way to go trip-wise.

31-05-12Heading home across the horsewalk

Our runner yesterday, Astromoon, blew for a good half an hour after her race. She will benefit greatly from it. She is a great big, scopey filly, who should stay further and we shall be finding out more shortly.

31-05-23Caroline washing the horses off on return to the yard

31-05-49Astroverdi (Charles) and Old Boy Ted (Ruth)

It was interesting to see not one of the two hundred students who share ownership in a horse that won at Fontwell on Sunday, turned up to see it win. Leased for them by Racing for Pennies, it just goes to show that it's no good pretending that if you give something to somebody for nothing, that they will get interested. There are masses of young people, those under forty I mean, who love racing and attend on a regular basis. They will be the ones who educate their children into the fantastic world of horseracing. At least 70% of the population will have no idea it is the Derby on Saturday, and the Queen owns the favourite. It drives me mad that most of what Racing for Pennies does is all a complete waste of money.

31-05-36Dictate (Butch) and Piccarello (John)

31-05-56Imjin River (Ashley)