A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

Proper rain

Monday, 06 June 2011

If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're on a good situation, don't worry it'll change.

John A. Simone Sr.

06-06-19Astrovenus (Abbi)

At long last we have got a proper wet morning. It is not pouring down but it is steady rain, more than a drizzle. It will do the power of good to the Heath and I know Angie is delighted for the Stud. We have been out two lots already and I have never been happier to get wet. We did a good canter on Long Hill for most of them in preparation for a bit faster work tomorrow. Let's hope this rain keeps on coming all week.

06-06-07Cornish Beau (Ian)

Two runners tonight at Pontefract, Battery Power runs in the mile and a quarter 3 year old handicap at 8 o'clock. There's a real Gosden hotpot in this, but she has always been one of my favourites and improved with each run last year. She would appreciate a drop of rain but I am sure she will perform with credit. Watch Chain runs in the next the 8.30, the 6 furlong handicap. He is well drawn in 1, has won over this trip before and this is the type of race where he could do so again. Luck in running is what he requires.

06-06-26The team heads home led by Ted Spread (Butch)

A great race for the Derby on Saturday, and lots of excuses flying about for the favourite. In my opinion he just had no luck from a bad draw and Ryan Moore could never get him into the position he wanted. This meant he had to come from a Dancing Brave position, but says even more for the winner who came from even further back. It is a sign of a great horse is the ability to quicken twice and this is what Pour Moi did.
The bookies are now wanting the race run even later, they are talking about an evening Derby, as they think the betting turnover would be even better - I think we should let them do what they want with everything and we should race on Christmas Day as well.

06-06-34Mariet on the walker

Headlines on the front of the racing Post today and it should be headlines in every newspaper in the country, Betfred who have been sold the Tote by our government, who didn't own it in the first place, have refused to pay out from their Gibraltar based on the bets Barney Curley had last May, when a combination of horses pulled off a coup. Everybody else has paid up but the Gibraltar regulatory authority have decided, even against BHA confirmation that there was nothing to investigate, that Curley's bets were fraudulent. Now, if Betfred hide behind this one, what else will they not pay out on? This industry keeps shooting itself in the foot and this decision of the government is another one that should have been opposed right from the beginning.

06-06-80Blimey O'Reilly (Nikki)

We have a horse that we should like to give away to a good home. She is  Finger Spin, a five year old mare. She a good ride, jumps well and would make somebody a perfect all-rounder. If you are interested in her please give the office a ring and talk to Phil, who will take all your details. She is free to a good home and all we ask is that the relevant paper work is completed.  

DSC_0067-1Finger spin picking grass