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A busy morning

Tuesday, 01 November 2011

"There is more to life than increasing its speed."

Mahatma Gandhi.

011107Blimey O'Reilly 

A very mild morning once again with only spits of rain which has done no good at all. I cannot wait to have three or four days of a proper downpour. Both Conrad Lockey and Barry Cook arrived at first lot to accompany me onto the gallops, where we took two lots of workers across to the Al Bahathri. All went well and I was especially pleased this morning with Ron at first lot, who is really starting to get his brain and legs into gear, and Red Hermes at second lot, who is shaping up well and showing she has ability. It won't be long before these two both make their debuts.

011103Ron watching the Guv'nor

011102Barry Cook discussing his horses with Ian

Locum was very disappointing yesterday when he ran a long way below par for no apparent reason . It could possibly be that the delay beforehand, while they found another nurse, could have put him on edge but nevertheless he ran poorly when I really thought he had a sound chance. I will do the normal tests and they could tell us a different story.

011114The winterized pool              

Three runners today, all at Redcar where they have had very little overnight rain and Iain reports from the track that the ground is more on the good to firm side than the good side. We start off in the 2.10 p.m. with Old Boy Ted in the mile and six handicap. He hated the kickback at Wolverhampton on his reappearance, but is a horse I have always liked, and we could see a much better run now back on the turf. In the next,  the three year old seven furlong handicap, Comrade Bond will try and follow up his victory at Yarmouth. He carries a six pound penalty and it is only seven days since he ran, so if this race doesn't come too quickly, he is sure to put up a bold show. In the 3.40p.m Zenarinda reappears after over three months off. She would love a bit more rain but has enough ability to get involved today.

011110Taking a turn round the indoor school

I hope a few of you got up to watch the Melbourne Cup where the Europeans had a one two and it was the closest finish of the Cup for a hunred and fifty years. It certainly suited the horses that liked the soft ground and I am sure it will get the Aussies thinking of buying more European bloodstock to bolster their staying genes which they have been breeding out in favour of the sprinters of late.

011011-1Astromoon enjoying her retirement from racing

Astromoon has found a great home in Essex as you can see from the above photo.  She is the most lovely natured horse and her new owner, Jackie, will be re-schooling her in the spring. I am sure that she will be winning in all sorts of classes next summer.