Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

An easy day for the horses, after yesterday's galloping...

Saturday, 02 July 2011

“From a thorn comes a rose and from a rose comes a thorn.”

 - Greek proverb

020722Ted Spread leads first lot up the Warren Hill mactrack

Another very nice morning, being a good temperature with just a little breeze. After yesterday's busy work morning, we have been having a normal canter and a pick of grass afterwards; the pool has also seen a few swimmers before they go out and canter later. I hope we can get a good shower or two this coming week, as it would help the ground, which is now starting to go back on the firmer side.

020727Zenarinda (Nikki)

Miss Wendy ran well to be fourth last night at Beverley and she is certainly on an upward curve. Piccarello, although not getting the run of the race, was slightly disappointing and I think an application of some sort of headgear would help the pilot keep him straight in future, as he has a tendency to hang right.

020737First lot walking through the copse on Long Hill

Four runners tonight at Carlisle, where the ground is starting to dry out. Imjin River, who runs in the first, the 6 furlong apprentice handicap at 6.00 pm, has not starred this year but has enough ability to be competitive in this if things fall right for him. Izzet, running in the mile seller at 7.00 pm, has run two sound races so far this year and will not be far off tonight; he has one to beat in Chilledtothebone, who finished in front of him at Leicester. Marvo, our next runner at 7.30 pm, the mile handicap, ran well last time at Newmarket but we don't want the ground to dry up too much for him and he hasn't got the best of draws; nevertheless, I am certainly hopeful of a good show. Finally at 8.30 pm, we run Astromoon in the 2 mile maiden handicap. This looks a perfect race for her and if all goes well, she will not be far away.

020740Gerry Barrett, one of Ted Spread's owners, in conversation with MHT and Butch

I see the members at Epsom are up-in-arms, similar to the ones at Newbury last year, because the management have put the stage for the after-racing pop groups in such a place that it obscures the view of the track. My contention is that you are either a racecourse or a pop venue and no justification, of sustaining prize money levels, can be given for this ridiculous situation. The stage blocks their view of the course, which is the reason people go racing, in order to watch the whole race, not part of it. You can't blame people for being disgruntled and not renewing their membership if this is going to happen on a permanent basis. This is typical racecourse management not giving a fig for their loyal customers, only thinking of short term gain.


An old friend, Blimey O'Riley, back in action (above and below)

A great race today for the Eclipse at Sandown with the Australian champion, So You Think, our own Derby and Arc winner, Workforce and last year's best filly in the world, Snow Fairy, all in opposition. This is the sort of race that should attract a fantastic crowd, who go purely to see the horses and not the razzamatazz.  I would think the Aussie may come out in front but what a race to watch.

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