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A frost overnight

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Smokey Oakey

''If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.''

- Anne Bradstreet

Dulcie

A frost overnight but soon warming up and a lovely morning by the time first lot arrived on the Heath. Most of first lot had a nice canter up Long Hill with Smokey Oakey and Dulcie having a pipe-opener on Warren Hill in preparation for York tomorrow. There is a sense of being all dressed up and nowhere to go with the ground at York, quickening up all the time and only odd showers forecast, so their participation lies in the lap of the gods.

Kathleen Francis

At Beverley, yesterday, we learnt a fair bit about both of the horses and both of them will be open to improvement, as the season progresses. The ground at Yarmouth, although given as good to firm, was very quick and Miss Wendy did not let herself down at all on it. Locum ran his usual solid race but with the race being run at such a pedestrian pace, which would not suit him at all, he did well to finish so close. Finally, at Warwick, Watch Chain showed us that 5 furlongs is his trip, as he travelled like a winner until the final furlong, when he had nothing more to give.

The Chester Vase winner

We have five runners again today with two at Bath and three at York. Starting at Bath, Bertie Smalls runs in the 7.00pm but is drawn on the wide outside, which on a tight track like Bath is the worst possible draw; however, he has been improving all spring and if Simon is able to get him away smartly and he can get a good position, he would have an each-way chance. Astrodonna runs in the 7.30pm and ran well on her re-appearance at Windsor; she has been working well since then and is drawn well, so if the gaps come for her, she should go close.

Marvo

At York, Call it on runs in the 1.40pm; he is fit from hurdling but he still seems to have plenty of weight and is drawn so wide, he will be nearly in Leeds, so we travel more in hope than expectation but, I am sure that he will run his usual solid race. Omokoroa runs in the 3.45pm; he ran well at Yarmouth on his re-appearance and has been working well, so, as long as the ground does not get any firmer for him, he must have a good each-way chance. Forgotten Army runs in the 4.55pm; he had three runs last year, culminating in a victory in a Newmarket maiden, where the form has worked out well with the second horse, Verdant, who has gone on to win at Sandown this spring. This race looks an ultra-competitive affair and for his first race of the season, I would only be hopeful at best.

Fasette

Marvo, Spirit land and some of Mystery Star