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A very bright and slightly breezy morning...

Friday, 24 June 2011

Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped. 

~African Proverb

24-06-02Dictate (Butch)

A very bright and slightly breezy morning with sunshine and a few showers possible. We have been on the go since first lot with horses working, normal cantering and a couple of two year olds, second lot, going through the stalls. I feel as if I have been on the go constantly for the last few days, having been to Beverley, Garrowby, Carlisle and then yesterday Warwick and Leicester in the evening. The oil in my car has certainly been going round the engine!

24-06-04Cornish Quest (Hannah) 

Astromagick ran with promise for the future yesterday and she is certainly on the upgrade. Like her mother she will improve as she gets older and a bit better ground and further distance will undoubtedly help in the future. Izzet ran respectably at Leicester and looks sure to win a race shortly. Astrodiva was slightly disappointing, as she has been very unlucky not to have won on numerous occasions in the past and, as she is in foal to Bahamian Bounty, she will be retired to the stud, where she will make a lovely broodmare.

24-06-13Dictate (Butch) and Cornish Quest (Hannah)

Five runners today, two at Folkestone this afternoon and three at Newmarket this evening. We start with Astrovenus at Folkestone in the 4.15 pm race, where Simon Pearce takes off 3 lbs and, although this is her first run for quite a while, she will not be with out a chance of making the frame. In the next, the 4.45 pm race, the mile and an half handicap, Astroleo with Charles Eddery claiming 7 lbs runs. Charles won on him at Brighton earlier in the season and this looks another chance for him to sparkle.
Tonight at Newmarket, we are in the first three races with Marvo the first to run at 6.00 pm. He is on the right handicap mark at present and, although he hasn't run for quite a while, he has been showing some of his old zest in his work lately. Dine Out runs in the next at 6.30 pm, the 6 furlong race for maiden fillies; this will be its normal competitive affair with some nicely bred fillies and a couple of them with top class form. I would advise anyone to watch this race, as the form will work out and there will be plenty of winners to come out of it. I am sure Dine Out will run with credit tonight, as the trip will suit her much better than last time. Piccorello completes our trio at 7.05 pm in the 1 mile claimer. He was very disappointing last time for no apparent reason, maybe the trip and track didn't suit, but with the in-form Mr. Fallon in the plate, we should learn more tonight. He is not without a chance.

24-06-29Dame Judi Dench enjoys a relaxing moment with Zenarinda (above) and Smokey Oakey (below)

Plenty of chat about the tariffs in the Racing Post today, as well as many other interesting things going on in the racing world. Firstly the tariffs and we have the very poor prize money on offer at Newcastle with both Mick Easterby and Milton Bradley condemning the racecourses as scandalous and disgusting. On the other hand, you have Dandy Nicholls and Tom Dascombe stating they would have run whatever the prize money and that owners would have moved their horses if they didn't run. You can guess whose side I am on. The clerks of the courses cannot or maybe they are instructed by the powers above so it is out of their hands but they don't understand how expensive it is nowadays to travel horses for pathetic prize money. We are sending Mystery Star up for the Northumberland Plate which is well over tariff and will attract a highly competitive field.
Howard Wright, in his article today, has written another scathing piece on the tariffs. Firstly he states quite rightly that the northern based horses had a healthy day's competition with no transport costs, as there were no big, southern stables to compete against. It must have been very disappointing for the paying public to see such poor show and no stars at all. He then goes on to comment about the Carlisle Bell and the Cumberland Plate, which have always been the highlight of Carlisle's year with trainers, wherever they are based, wanting to win either with a passion. The history of both races and the prize money, plus a great chance for a middle-of-the-road horse to win a big pot, is fantastic. For Howard to criticise like this is very disappointing. I am sure the public, who were there in force,  loved seeing the top jockeys and the very good racing. If we are to keep the standard of racing in this country to a good level, we must remove the majority of the low grade racing and constantly improve. Nothing except prize money will help this, as owners will only stand it for so long and new owners need to be attracted, by enjoying the experience on the track and by being able to see that the money they invest is not going entirely into the bookmakers' pockets. 

24-06-76Steve and Darren lead Smokey Oakey out of the pool after his swim