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An even warmer morning

Friday, 21 May 2010

Pat Cosgrove getting his orders

''Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.''

- Abraham Lincoln

The string head off to work on Racecourse Side

An even warmer morning today with barely a cloud in the sky. The first two lots went over to the watered gallop on Racecourse Side with both Daryll Holland and Pat Cosgrove out riding work, which always helps a lot; I must give Pat some rides in the near future, as, I think, he rides very well. Saleem Golam stayed out for second lot and we gave some of the two year olds a nice education on the perfect ground.

Ted Spread did a very good piece of work, the first since he won the Chester Vase and, at this stage, we have got him in great shape; he is a very relaxed colt and he is just as happy picking grass, while everything goes on around him.

Ted Spread and Omokoroa

A mixed day with the runners yesterday with Astrolibra winning in a canter. Tony McCoy gave her a great ride and was absolutely delighted with her. She is out of Meg's lovely mare, Optimistic, who, herself, is the sister to the dam of Franklin's Gardens. She has an outstanding yearling colt by Halling up at Garrowby.

MHT with Optimistic, the dam of Astrolibra with Tenpence, trying to get into the photo

The two at Salisbury ran okay but it looks like Red Barcelona might want a bit further and the two at Sandown performed with credit, especially Brushing, who finished with a flourish, once Ashley barged his way out; he got four days for his misdemeanour, which I thought may have been a bit harsh.

Theola and Miss Wendy

Today we have one runner at Yarmouth, Astroleo in the 4.30pm, he ran with credit last time, is a tough, genuine horse, who always gives his best and I am hopeful he can put up a good show again today.

The string return home

I am very disappointed that Newmarket is contemplating losing the Champion Stakes to Ascot, as I think this is a very backward step and not forward in any shape or form; it goes to show the people who dream these things up do not understand anything about racing. The Ascot mile and a quarter is a tricky course at best with the draw having a big effect: the jockeys do not know whether to kick up the front or to drop in behind. This causes all sorts of traffic problems in the straight and, consequently, funny results can happen. At Newmarket, everybody has a fair chance and people can target the race with confidence. Champion's Day at Newmarket has always been full of quality racing, which everybody looked forward to; if this crackpot scheme goes ahead, it will completely devalue and deflate the October meetings at Newmarket. I, personally, hope it does not happen, as it would be a great shame - do they want all tradition to go out of the window.

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