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Saturday, 08 October 2011


"What we need is not the will to believe but the wish to find out."

 - William Wordsworth

081004My Guardian Angel (Charles), Like Clockwork (Dan) and Chankillo (Rhea)

The wind is making the morning feel much colder and it looks as if it is going to stay like this for most of the day. We have got horses at three meetings today and the four-horse box will be going down to Goodwood for tomorrow's meeting after the runners at Newmarket this afternoon. We have been out on Warren Hill again this morning and so far so good. I say that in trepidation, as for two days running, we have had staff on the deck, who are not able to work due to their injuries. Neither are life-threatening: one had very sore ribs and the other was a bit more serious with a knock on the head, which will take longer and quite rightly so to get over. They are both keen to get back to work but, when you are in charge of a racehorse, you need to be 100% and  so must take the required time to recover.  

081007Comrade Bond (Abbi) and Joe The Coat (Wajid)

Four runners today, starting at Newmarket, where we have two runners in the Cesarewitch, the very popular cavalry charge over two miles two furlongs. Both our runners are in good form and Mystery Star is well-enough drawn in stall 12 and Dazinski should just about get away with stall 18. You have to hope for plenty of luck in this race but both of mine will like the ground and will stay.
At York we run Astromagick in the 4.40 pm race, again a handicap over two miles two furlongs. I have won this race twice in the past five years and Astromagick must have a chance of following up her Yarmouth win today. Her mother stayed well and I would be hopeful of this filly showing further improvement this year and in the future.
Our final runner is in the pitch dark at Wolverhampton at 9.00 pm. Old Boy Ted hasn't run for 344 days but has done enough work and has schooled very well at home; although he may not like the kickback on this all-weather track, as he has only run at Newmarket. He is not without a chance of squeaking into a place tonight before starting a hurdling campaign.

081010Cornish Beau (Iain) and Brushing (Butch)

Tomorrow we have three runners at Goodwood. No Rules runs in the first at 2.00 pm, which is one of those flat races for jump jockeys. He has been off a long time since he was second over hurdles at Uttoxeter but has been doing plenty of work lately. Mattie Batchelor has ridden him most of his runs over hurdles and if the ground is not too firm I think he will perform with credit. Dine Out runs in the 3.10 pm race, the 7 furlong nursery. She was found to be wrong in her blood after her last disappointing effort and, in a very tight race, she certainly has a chance of making the frame. Finally at 5.50 pm, Battery Power runs in the one mile and an half handicap, where Kieren Fallon, who won on her last time, rides and we should be very hopeful of a good run. Let's hope for once we have a good weekend.  

081013Colzium (Abby), Five Hearts (Alex) and Red Hermes (Lee)

It's the Future Champions Day at Newmarket with both the Middle Park and the Dewhurst Stakes being run on the same day for the first time. It will be very interesting to see the size of the crowd, as we have four more Group races as well, so it would be very disappointing if it didn't attract a great turnout. I will report back on Monday re: the size and atmosphere.

081014Walking down Long Hill after cantering