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Very dark this morning

Saturday, 03 December 2011

"There's no such word as 'can't'."

Phil Eccles.

01_astrolibLeaving the yard

It was very dark first thing and we have had a good drop of rain overnight which can only help. On the subject of my weather forecasting, I met one of my owners this morning who is a farmer, and he tells me that I have got it all wrong when I say the weather will break soon. He thinks that we won't get any real rain until next September - but I do hope that he is wrong and, like trainers, farmers have their own opinions! A mixed lot of canters this morning with some going Side Hill, some on the Long Hill polytrack and some on Warren Hill poly, but they all met up in the Plantation between Warren and Side Hills for a gentle walk home.

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Darren and Astrolibra

I was delighted with Marvo yesterday who put in a great performance to be second at Lingfield. He was beaten by a better horse on the day, but it was a good effort and I am sure will be going one better in the near future. We have one runner today, Akula, at Wetherby in the two mile handicap hurdle at 2.20. He has had some hard tasks of late and I am sure he didn't stay last time at Cheltenham. This looks a chance for him to get back in the enclosures.

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Dazinsky back from Garrowby

It's Aintree today - the first meeting since they've altered the fences. It will be interesting to see what happens although there are not many runners in the Becher Chase which should make it much easier. The football today is not too inspiring with Phil and Ian confident that Arsenal will win away at Wigan. I am even more confident that the Owls will make it through to the second round of the F.A. Cup when they play Aldershot this afternoon. I shall be on my way home from Wetherby and tuning into Radio Sheffield.

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Chankillo

Click here to watch Mark with a yearling, a quarter share has already been sold before the video went live:

 

Just a note on a couple of entertainment matters, the first being the Christmas record by the Army Wives Choir which is coming  out now. For those of you who didn't see the programmes, it was without doubt the best viewing for a long time. It was unfortunate that it was on B.B.C. 2 at nine o'clock as it deserved to be on prime time T.V. I would defy anybody not to like it and I hope you all buy their Christmas record which will support the Army charities. The second item, which should be another 'must see', is the Steven Spielberg film  "War Horse" which will be on general release in January. Both the book and stage version are fantastic and by all accounts even the film critics love this film.

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One of the yard's cats