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Saint Anthony and Velvet Vision run today and True Calling tomorrow ...

Even colder

Saturday, 14 January 2012

"Study the past if you would define the future."

Confuscius.

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Another very cold night and a hard frost, which has claimed one race meeting today at Wetherby. All courses nowadays seem to have very little cover of grass mainly because there is so much racing. This cannot help on days like this as if there is plenty of grass cover the frost would not get into the ground as much. All our horses are in mad fresh form and I'm sure our cleanliness and feeding routines are starting to pay off now.

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Dulcie in foal to Champs Elysees

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Astrodonna in foal to Bahamian Bounty

Phil's Christmas Quiz was a great success this year and we had plenty of entries, and I know a lot of you had fun with it. Full answers to the questions will be published later next week. After a very close call the winner was Richard Marriott! Many congratulations to him and his prize will be announced and shown on this page later in the season.

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Four Miracles in foal to Refuse to Bend grooming with Dulcie

Two runners today both at Lingfield on the all weather and both ridden by Eddie Ahern. Marvo runs in the mile and a quarter handicap at 12.25 and hopefully he will get a good pace and a lead at least to the furlong pole. He has been very consistent of late and hopefully he won't be far away again today. Chankillo is our other runner in the mile maiden which is the last race on the card at 3.45. He ran a sound race at Southwell last time to be second, and will have learnt a bit more from that experience. This is a different surface today and a much sharper track, but I expect him to run with credit and improve again.

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Above Chankillo and below Marvo - both run today

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It looks as if the Reuben brothers bid for Arena Leisure has been accepted which will amalgamate Northern Racing and Arena into the biggest group of racecourses, responsible for nearly 40% of British fixtures this year. I'm not sure what to make of this yet as they have control now of many courses that run for minimum prize money, but the racecourses appear to have most of the power nowadays with guarenteed daily income. In fact they don't seem to be able to lose as just putting on races without any spectators coming through the gate ensures them a profit. We shall have to wait and see what happens with this group. The only good thing is that the other stakeholders will only have to deal with one group rather then two.

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Galtres winner Brushing - a new recruit to the stud from the yard