A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

A busy, foggy morning

Friday, 13 April 2012

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. ”
 Immanuel Kant.


 Star Commander (Robbie) nearside with Rayvin Black (Ted Durcan) far side

A very foggy morning which had not been forecast, and it didn’t lift properly until well into the morning. First lot went across town and worked on The Flat gallop. Eddie Ahern and Ted Durcan were both out, so we did some good fast work on what was perfect ground after the few showers we had yesterday. Second lot went to Railway Land where once again I bunched up a few two year old fillies and they did a good spin upsides over four and a half furlongs. The ground there was very good and they all moved very well.


(L-R) Dazinski (Steve) Astromagick (Jordan) Smokey Oakey (Iain)

One runner today in the 4:05 at Leicester – Like Clockwork – runs in this mile and a half handicap. He was very colty last year and has been cut over the winter. He has not quite come in his coat but has been working well enough to make his debut today. This looks a tricky heat and I hope he can run with credit. Simon Pierce takes three pounds off, which just about brings him into the handicap properly.


Ted Durcan giving feedback to The Guv'nor and owners

What a marvellous achievement by Big Buck’s yesterday. He writes his name into history as being the horse with the longest winning sequence of jump races, surpassing Sir Ken’s record from 1953. He will now try and beat the all time record of twenty-one, held by Meteor, who did it from 1786-1788. This included a few walk overs which I don’t think Big Buck’s will get. This is a once in a lifetime horse to own, and I am sure the owners appreciate this fact. What a great achievement by all concerned.


Dine Out (Lauren)

Betfair shares lost ground yesterday as a ruling came to light from The Department of Culture, Media and Sport - that individual punters who use the exchange in the course of business had to be licenced. This opens the door for them to pay levy as well, and is a great step forward. It may take quite a while, and a lot of legal exchanges but, I hope in the long run it will shut some of the loopholes there are at the moment, and produce more money for the industry.


Dine Out bringing up a group of two year olds

It was a dismal Day One in our tipping competition, Phil edging ahead buy way of a non-runner!

Aintree - Day Two

MHT                                                                      Phil



                                        Captain Conan                                                                               Prospect Wells


                                        Silviniaco Conti                                                                            Champion Court


                                        Finian’s Rainbow                                                                         Alberta’s Run


                                        Triangular                                                                                      Chance Du Roy


                                        Cotton Hill                                                                                      Fingal Bay


                                        It’s A Game                                                                                     Attaglance


                                       Dr Machini                                                                                      Umadachar


The Guv'nor with Peter Sakal - giving instructions to Eddie Ahern

(L-R) Haafd Filly (Eddie) Astrosapphire (Rhea)

Peter Sakal is an owner who has horses with us both in training and at stud