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A wet day for The Craven

Thursday, 19 April 2012

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”
 Arthur Schopenhauer.


The Guv'nor with Bill Simpson watching second lot up the turf

There were a few showers overnight which is slightly disappointing, as we could have done with the rain they were getting yesterday at Beverley. The Heath foreman tells me we had two millimetres on Bury Side, and Racecourse Side had a millimetre and a half, which is very little. It’s damp though this morning and there is no wind. We have had most of the horses out and cantering on Bury Side grass which was just on the good side.

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                   Comrade Bond (Wajid)                                                Joe The Coat (Robbie)

I took two of the horses out at Beverley yesterday as the ground had nearly gone to heavy. I can’t understand why the clerk of the course would still give it good, as the stick my traveling head lad was using went in at least eight inches at half past seven in the morning. The rain was persistent and never looked like stopping. It would have dragged the life out of any horse that didn’t like it soft and they would have taken a lot longer to recover afterwards as well. Even Marvo hated the ground, and he goes on the soft, so it was very soft and holding. I would take most of yesterday's form with a pinch of salt.

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                        Shomberg (Steve)                                                            Chankillo (Rhea)

We have one runner today – Rayvin Black – in The Craven Stakes (Group Three) at 4:10. I am throwing him in at the deep end a bit here today, but he is a high class colt, and did nothing wrong last year. His first run was very good against horses that went on to run well later on in the year, and he couldn’t have won more easily than he did at Yarmouth, when he sauntered away from a moderate field. He was never quite right afterwards with the viruses both in his throat and blood. I have been very pleased with him this spring without hammering him, and he is ready for his reappearance today.


Astromagick (Lauren) leads Battery Power (Butch)

It was disappointing that we didn’t sell Ron last night but, due to withdrawals, he was first in the ring and nobody was awake to his potential. He is back in the yard already and I would love to find an owner to keep him with us. He has been schooled over hurdles, jumps fantastically and loves the soft ground. He has already shown that he has plenty of ability by winning a bumper well, and the second has franked the form since. He will stay really well and would give somebody so much fun it is unbelievable. You can see more about him on the For Sale Page which will be updated shortly.


Dine Out bringing up Silk Scarf  and Likelikelikelikeit

It is great to see that Frankel’s scan was clear. He is one of those horses that the industry needs and I can’t wait to watch his races this year. He is a horse that the pubic flock to see and can do nothing but good for the sport.