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Saturday, 17 March 2012

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Sir Winston S. Churchill.

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Dazinski (Steve) Cat Island (Abbi) Smokey Oakey (Iain)

A very still morning, and the temperature is just a nice one. There is some rain forecast and we have had a few drops at second lot, but really we want it to rain all weekend. The horses have been cantering up Long Hill polytrack and after this quietish week we will be cracking on with some fast work next week. Everybody is in the same boat - we are all desperate to get on the grass which is at present still very much on the firm side. What an exciting week it has been with so many visitors, mares foaling and the Cheltenham Festival.

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Mystery Star (Lauren) Blimey O'Riley (Rhea) Kathleen Frances (Hannah)

It’s been a great week for the sport with fantastic racing every day at Cheltenham, bumper crowds and many great stories. It was disappointing to see Kauto Star pull up yesterday, but Ruby Walsh did exactly the right thing - as the man on top he knew instantly that the horse was not right and, rather than continue and have a fall, he pulled him up. It just goes to show that everybody has a chance in every race as you never quite know what is going to happen. This is the excitement and the  surprise of what can happen if you have a go. It was marvellous to see J P McManus have a tremendous week, and for Synchronised to win The Gold Cup was great reward for all his support to the industry and a brilliant team effort from everybody concerned. All the winners this week deserve the utmost publicity and, on a personal note, I was delighted to see John Quinn and Malcolm Jefferson having winners. Roll on next year.

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Barwick (Wajid) Like Clockwork (Nikki) Rayvin Black (Liam)

The annual tipping competition that is run by Phil and I was not so competitive this year and I must admit to being pretty poor for the whole of the week. The final result was MHT -£179.29 and Phil -£89.02. This was to a level £10 stake and I don’t really think this is too bad for four days, having had a bet in every race.

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The Guv'nor feeding the cats over at the indoor ride

Below are a couple of pictures of the new foals born this week. Dulcie’s first one, a filly by Champs Elysees, is a bit on the small side like many  first foals. Dulcie herself was not very big when she was born, I am sure her daughter will soon be flying round the field. Dolls House had a colt by Motivator; he is quite strong and has a very nice head on him. It’s amazing to think, in just a couple of years, we will be talking about them when they are in training.

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     Filly foal by Champs Elysees ex Dulcie - born on Wednesday

Again it is a good sporting weekend with the Six Nations continuing - England play Ireland and Wales take on France. It’s the quarter finals of the FA Cup which is always an exciting time for the supporters. The Owls are away to Notts County which could be a tricky encounter.

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Colt foal by Motivator ex Dolls House - born on Thursday