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Wednesday, 08 June 2011

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.

Francis Bacon

06-08-09Cotton Grass (Lauren), Asrtolibra (Ruth) and Astrovenus just in shot.

A breezy morning with no rain. It looks as if it's going to miss us again - and it's even hit and miss if it gets to any of the racecourses in the north. Phil has been busy phoning round this morning talking to all the groundsmen and the clerks of the courses to get the up to the minute news. Sadly most tracks are still on the good to firm side and, as you know, I think the word "good" is used just to keep everybody in the media happy.
We have been doing a little bit more with some of the backward two year olds this morning on Warren Hill and they are coming along nicely.

06-08-61          06-08-75          Phantom Ranch & Joe The Coat                                   Phantom Ranch walking in

06-08-68         06-08-65 Lady Bellatrix, Top Tempo & Astroscarlet on the left, and right Dine Out & Sleigh Bells                                

06-08-58Smokey Oakey (Butch) and Ron (Charles) leading the two year olds

06-08-45Star Commander (Wajid) picking grass after first lot

Three runners today at Yarmouth - where they have had very little rain, but have been watering to keep the ground reasonably OK. I will be having a good walk on the track when I get there and hope what they are telling me is correct. Locum is the first runner at 2.40 and he loves it here. The problem with this race is that I cannot see where the pace is going to come from, and he stays much farther - I just hope someone will go on.  In the 4.10 I run Cat Island, who is in a handicap for the first time today and making her seasonal debut. She will improve for the run and I think may need a little farther in time. Our last runner is at 5.10, Koraleva Tectona in the 7 furlong handicap. She would prefer a bit easier ground but is fit and well and if getting a good lead she is another who could run reasonably well.

06-08-48Old Boy Ted (Dan)

The Racecourse Owners' Association are having their election for candidates to their Council. This year they have decided to do it on the AV system, with you putting candidates in order of preference. They cannot have seen that the country has had a referendum on this method which was wholeheartedly defeated. Let's hope that the best people for the position get elected and not the ones that have put themselves forward with very little to offer.

06-08-41Ted Spread discussing things with Butch

Graham Locking was busy this morning as Channel Four are doing a piece about his work as Chaplain to Racing and he will be on the Morning Line on Saturday June 18th. I would urge everybody to watch it as they will gain an insight into the fantastic work that he does for our industry.
06-08-50            06-08-57

Graham with Steve at first lot and then at Flint Cottage with Channel Four's camera man

06-08-51Cotton Grass