Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

A lovely morning

Friday, 10 June 2011

The greatest mistake a man can ever make is to be afraid of making one.

Elbert Hubbard

A lovely morning today, and we are using the Watered Gallop and the Peat Moss after a 20 minute downpour of rain yesterday. There were only 2-3mls. but it is better than nothing and along with a good dew it has freshened the ground. Butch Smith-Eccles rode Ted Spread on the Peat Moss and came a mile and a quarter at an even pace. He reported back that it rode like a carpet. All the others came down the Watered Gallop which was also in very good nick.

10-06-20Astrovenus (Ashley), Ron (Charles) and Astroleo (Nikki)

10-06-23The Heathmen cheerfully dealing with the divots on the Watered Gallop

Yesterday we were delighted with Cotton Grass who stayed on for a last stride victory with a determined ride by Ashley Morgan. It was a very exciting day for first time owners, Kingsville Promotions Ltd, who were there to see her win. She was bred by Mystic Meg out of her lovely Silver Hawk mare, Astromancer - whose impeccable pedigree goes back to Navajo Princess , dam of Dancing Brave. It is great to see another home bred win.
Astrovenus improved from her first run and took the race well. She is sure to win over a trip - a mile and six to 2 miles - and needs to be given a more positive ride, but the thing we found out yesterday was that she definitely stayed. Colzium hated every minute of the race on the very firm track. He must have give in the ground and a mile and a half will suit him better than yesterday's trip. Astroverdi won the best turned out before the race and he must have decided that he had done enough, as he really threw his dollies out the pram when he was very slow out of the stalls and consequently never got involved in the race. He will be out again shortly for another go.

09-06-19Kathleen Frances(Ashley)

Four runners today - three on the flat and one over hurdles at Aintree. Starting at York, we run Dazinsky in the 2 mile handicap at 3.15. There are very few 2 mile handicaps with similar rating bands so consequently this is a competitive affair. His last race developed into a strange one, in that you had a runaway leader and the race is best forgotten. Hopefully this race will be run in a more sensible way. Kathleen Frances runs in the last the 5.30. More rain would help her chances but I should be hopeful of her making the frame today. At Goodwood we run Dictate in the mile and six maiden handicap. I don't think the handicapper has been very kind to him. He is another that rain would help his chances. He should be suited by the trip but the course is experimental. Smokey Oakey runs at Aintree in the maiden hurdle at 5.25. He has been desperate to run for so long now but the ground has always been against him. He jumps well and ran well last time at Ascot so I would be hopeful of a good show.
Due to holidays the site will not be updated tomorrow. On Saturday we only have one runner at Chester. Zenarinda runs in the 5.40, the mile and a quarter fillies' handicap. She not drawn very well in 10, but has run well here in the past, and although this looks a tricky contest, she ought to run with credit.

02-06-38Smokey Oakey (Ashley) who runs today at Aintree

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 Dazinsky (left) who runs at York, and Dictate (right) who runs at Goodwood, both today

We thought you would like to see the morning preparations before the runners for Aintree and Chester left at 5.45 this morning.
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Smokey Oakey having a protective tail bandage put on for the journey

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   David loading feed to take with them                           Zenarinda ready to go

06-06-46Earlier this week Zenarinda (Abby) cantering

On Sunday at Doncaster we run Cornish Beau at 2.15 in the mile and 6 furlongs apprentice handicap, and Cornish Quest in the one mile 2 furlong handicap at 5.05. Cornish Beau should relish this further distance and I would be hopeful of reaching the frame at least. Cornish Quest runs in the condition race later on in the card, any more rain would suit him, but he is fit and well, and I am sure he will put up a good effort under Tom Queally.

09-06-12            06-07-05 Cornish Beau and Cornish Quest - the chestnut far side - both run at Doncaster on Sunday

Headlines on the front page in the Post this morning stated that the Levy was going to decrease even further so consequently prize money will go down as well. This is all due to offshore internet gambling which now accounts for so much of the way people bet today. The high street betting shops are on the way down and only the fixed odds terminals - fruit machines to you and me - are the attraction, and they make a considerable amount of money which is not taxed for the Levy.
Paul Roy and Paul Dixon along with Ian Barlow of the RCA are also horrified after a decision by the Levy Board chairman, Paul Lee, not to seek a court declaration on betting exchange users paying the Levy. After a tie on the vote Mr. Lee, as chairman, had the casting vote and came down on the side of not pursuing the matter. Until we get the government to bring in legislation on offshore gambling and the use of betting exchanges  the situation re prize money, and even money that runs the industry itself, will continue to decrease. Why the government cannot see this is beyond me, as the industry will gradually go into decline if nothing is done.  

Some of the horses cantering this week:

31-05-56Imjin River (Ashley)

06-06-39Mystery Star (Rhea)

06-06-48Astrolibra (Abbi)

06-06-51Miss Wendy (Alex)

And a few of the two year olds setting off

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              My Guardian Angel                                                         Like Clockwork

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                   Rayvin Black                                                           Phantom Ranch

06-06-70             06-06-75     Shomberg with Joe the Coat in behind                                     On the Rocks (Dan)