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Plenty of high cloud this morning....

Thursday, 07 July 2011

"In grasping for things we need not, we often lose what we have.”

 - English proverb

070704First lot walking home on Long Hill

Plenty of high cloud this morning and a pretty strong breeze. We have had no rain overnight, unfortunately, and this breeze will be drying the ground even more quickly. It is one of those very busy mornings, which is often the case in a racing yard, with horses going off to Folkestone and Warwick and horses at Tattersalls sales going through the ring at around 11 o'clock. There is the usual routine of work and swimming and decisions to be made on entries, declarations and jockeys. Also, we have to decide who goes where and with what, as it looks like we will have three runners tomorrow at three different meetings so, as you can see, it is pretty hectic.

070708Mystery Star leads second lot around the indoor ride

Three runners today at Folkestone and one at Warwick, plus Ted Spread is entered at Newmarket. I walked the course late yesterday afternoon and, although the course is in great nick with a perfect swarde of grass, it is very much on the firm side with no 'good' in it at all. I had been hoping for plenty of overnight rain but none has appeared, so I will be making my decision shortly but it is odds-on he won't run.
At Folkestone we run Dine Out in the 2.40 pm race, the 5 furlong maiden. Peter Chapple-Hyam's filly, Pearl Diva, has very good form and will be hard to beat but I am hopeful we can be placed. Astrovenus, who runs in the mile and seven furlong handicap at 3.45 pm, likes it here and ran well on her re-appearance, so this is the kind of race where she certainly won't be far away. Astromagick runs in the next race at 4.20 pm;  she is an improving filly and could run well in this very trappy event.
Our other runner in the 3.25 pm race at Warwick is Astroverdi, who ran much better last time at Newmarket when he jumped out of the stalls well. I am hoping this longer trip will suit him but he will be handicapped after today, which should give us more scope and softer ground would undoubtedly also help.

070727Locum (Dan) and Astromoon (Abbi)

First day of the July meeting and I must say the town and gallops are unusually quiet for this time of year. Maybe everybody is tightening their belts but the hordes of people, watching horses on the heath, are not there and it will be very interesting to see the attendance figures for the week. I note even the bookmakers are warning that trade will be down on Saturday. There is only so much money to go round and form you can study, so with all this racing, crammed into a short period, people will only bet on one or two races. 

070734Astrogold (Nikki) and Red Hermes (Lauren) on Rayes Lane

070750Bird of Faith, Astroscarlet, Astrogold and Red Hermes

070765Red Hermes (Lauren)

070769One of the painted horses at the Clocktower roundabout