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Grand National Day

Saturday, 14 April 2012

"A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character."

Tesio.

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First lot cantering up the turf

This is one of those mornings that I love with a bright sky, a good dew, no wind and a little bit of mist in the distance. It was great to be out on Warren Hill this morning with the horses cantering up on the grass. After the hectic day yesterday with galloping horses and plenty of owners arriving at different times, it seemed so much quieter. We had a great morning yesterday with so many people calling in to see their horses, get updated and talk over future plans. We have a tremendous group of owners at Flint Cottage who all get on well and like to meet and discuss their different horses with each other. Good "craic" is always had, as well as a good breakfast.

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Mystery Star (Lauren) leading Battery Power (Butch)

We have one runner today at Aintree – Akula – runs in the handicap hurdle immediately after The National. This looks a very competitive affair, and there will be plenty of pace on throughout. Iain, my traveling head lad, took the horse up yesterday and has had a walk on the track this morning. He reports that his stick goes in a good seven or eight inches, and that the ground will be certainly on the soft side. I think this left handed flat track will suit Akula better than last time at Taunton, where he didn’t like the undulations, and although it’s tough he should run nicely.

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Blimey O'Riley bringing up Lady Bellatrix and Astromagick

We were delighted with Like Clockwork yesterday who ran a race full of promise. He has still got a clip mark on him and the improvement will be tremendous. He is on the For Sale page but his price has gone up after yesterday and my comments about him have absolutely come true. If anybody wants to have a nice horse for the season just get in touch.

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John with Barwick leading the string home

It’s the Grand National today which is the race that everybody wants to train, ride, breed, and lead up the winner in during their lifetime. It should stop the country and everybody should watch, just like the Australians do with the Melbourne Cup . It will certainly be watched by many millions and many people will have a bet too. There are always stories that come out of the race and let’s hope that today is no different. Good luck to everybody concerned.

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Rhea unsaddling Blimey O'Riley

It was a good day yesterday in our Aintree tipping competition. The Guv’nor found two winners and Phil, who did not have a selection out of the first three all afternoon, nudged into profit through Attaglance. Current standings, to a £10 level stake, are: Phil plus £20, Guv’nor minus £86.25.

Aintree – Grand National Day

MHT                                                                      Phil

Forecast:

1:45

                                          Simonsig                                                                                         Super Duty

2:15

                                          Sprinter Sacre                                                                               Sprinter Sacre

2:50

                                          Oscar Whiskey                                                                               Zarkandar

3:25

                                          My Boy Paddy                                                                               Battle Group

4:15

                                          Black Apalachi                                                                               Junior

5:05

                                           Akula                                                                                                Sire de Grugy

5:35

                                           Population                                                                                     Spirit of Shankly

NAG - by Clu

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Ready for "The Off"!

The Owls are away at Colchester today, and Arsenal does not play until Monday so it will be pretty quiet in the office until then. The cup semi-finals take place over the weekend with two great matches and four cracking clubs. Whoever wins, it will make for a marvellous cup final.

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The farriers discussing their work list