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An overcast, cool morning....

Thursday, 11 August 2011

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."

 - Winston Churchill

110809MHT keeps a close eye on first lot cantering

An overcast, cool morning but no rain and the ground in Newmarket is really starting to become firm again. They would never believe you in the north of England and Scotland, as it has never stopped raining there. I am delighted to read this morning that the ground at York is soft, good-to-soft in places. It is amazing how they have to get the word 'good' in somewhere! I am sure it is very much on the soft side. Good cantering work all morning with the string and all continues to go well.     

110818Shomberg (Lauren) leads the string out of the indoor ride

Both Cornish Quest and Battery Power were placed yesterday at Yarmouth and the other two were a bit disappointing. There were quite a lot of non-runners across the country yesterday, which has made headlines in the Racing Post this morning. The ground would be the main reason, especially at Beverley where they had an inch of rain. I can tell you the ground at Yarmouth was 'good' and there was no real excuse not to run them. Yarmouth has improved of late with its ground, as they have let the grass grow much longer, which is of great benefit. The only thing that was barmy yesterday was that the jockeys couldn't make up their mind whether to keep on the stand rail or to go down the middle. It was a mixture every time, which made for very slow and muddling races.
I am hoping to take a lorry load of runners again to Yarmouth on Monday, where Comrade Bond should have a good chance in whichever race I choose to run him. There are still two or three shares available in him, so if you want to be involved with a winner e-mail Jenko at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details or take a look at him on our 'Syndicate' page.  

110826Lady Bellatrix (Nikki), No Rules (Dan) and Astrovenus (Matt)

It is the big York meeting next week and, as I have mentioned above, the ground will be on the soft side. Every day is fantastic racing with the Juddmonte International kicking the meeting off on the Wednesday and for the first time this year, the Ebor handicap, the highlight of the week, being run on Saturday. There will be huge crowds every day but York is a big track and can handle everything that is thrown at it - a great viewing track with tremendous atmosphere. I hope many members of the 'Racing for Pennies' brigade will be there to witness the real cross-section of ages enjoying everything a raceday has to offer - great racing, perfect viewing, top jockeys and trainers and food and drink at proper prices - you can't ask for more.

110830Red Hermes (Hannah)

110835Old Boy Ted (Wajid)

110853Astroscarlet (Lee)

110855The tractor cuts in to harrow the canter between first and second canter

110877On The Rocks walking home on Rayes Lane