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Much cooler this morning....

Tuesday, 04 October 2011



"Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk."
- Anonymous

041007Jimmy Quinn on board his Cesarewitch ride, Dazinski

A much cooler morning and normal autumn weather is on it's way or, at least, the forecasters tell us it is. I have just looked at the going reports, issued by the various clerks of the courses around the country where we have entries over the weekend and it is still looking firm at most of them. We took our workers over to the watered gallop first and second lots and Newmarket racecourse have got their watering system going now; although I don't know why, as it will blow away quickly and dry up in the breeze. The watered gallop is still in good shape and the workers and their jockeys all pleased me this morning. Jimmy Quinn was on duty to ride Dazinski, who he rides in the Cesarewitch and, if his blood result is good on Friday, he must have a sound chance of giving Conrad and Beryl Lockey a good shout on Saturday. Don't rule out Mystery Star either, who moved very well under Iain Wiliams in a separate spin. He will be partnered by Martin Dwyer on Saturday, will like the ground, will stay and if he reproduces his Chester Cup form must have a chance.   

041017The gallopers get their instructions in the racecourse car park


041035Barwick (John) and Kathleen Frances (Butch)

One runner today at Southwell, Astrolibra, who scoped clean yesterday and her blood results were fine. She is a course and distance winner here and has run well in her two runs on the flat to-date. If she keeps out of trouble, the in-form William Buick will have a very good ride on her, as long as he is not arrested as a spy on his way to the track!

041044Mystery Star (Iain), Blimey O'Riley (Charles) and Old Boy Ted (Steve)


041061Dazinski has the final touches put to his preparation before his run in the Cesarewitch 

The town has been getting busier the last few days, as the sales' season starts to get into swing. It is October One this week, which is the equivalent of the old Houghton Sale, where all the top pedigrees and studs are represented; Angie and I were inspecting a few yesterday. It will be fascinating to see how the next two weeks hold up but it must be a great time to buy a horse that represents value; so if any of you out there have an interest in purchasing a two year old for next year, get on the blower to me. There is so much fun to be had with a racehorse and the excitement of winning is something everybody should experience. This week and next over a thousand yearlings will pass through the ring and whether you have got a thousand pounds or a million you have got  a chance of buying a Danedream (9,000 euros) or a Snow fairy (1800 euros) and the winnings are tax free.

041065Piccarello (Iain) and Comrade Bond (John)


041069Toptempo (Lauren) and Dine Out (Charles)

I see the Aga Khan was calling to all international regulatory authorities for more clarity over the drug testing procedures and to make it a common set of rules worldwide. He definitely has a good point and one with which every trainer, vet and owner would agree. There are plenty of new drugs being used for various reasons and the withdrawal times and amounts accepted should be uniform. I hope the powers-that-be can see the sense of this and I am delighted that His Highness has drawn their attention to it.

041074Astroscarlet (Abbi) and Lady Bellatrix (Dan)