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A lovely start to the day

Monday, 30 April 2012

“It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.”


Rayvin Black leading first lot out

A glorious, warm, sunny morning after a Sunday that can only be described as very wet, in fact it never stopped raining all day long. As a result Windsor has been abandoned today already – the inspection was at 7:15 – and Phil has just told me that Ascot is now off on Wednesday. It’s amazing because the ground here on The Heath is perfect but, as I keep going on about, we don’t water The Heath so consequently there is turf with a good base. We have cantered all three lots on Warren Hill this morning and have put a few through the stalls as well. While up at the stalls we encountered the Italian mushroom pickers who were directly in our way as we came out of them. I had to get one of the tractor drivers to go and move him so I hope he had a good Italian vocabulary.


The string coming up Warren Hill polytrack

As I say it’s been abandoned at Windsor, so Joe The Coat and Chankillo will have to wait for another day. It looks like Kempton and Yarmouth tomorrow will be our lot for the week, although it is possible I might have some runners at the weekend. It’s The Guineas Festival this coming week with both the 2000 and 1000 Guineas at the weekend. It’s amazing how quickly it all comes round; it will be the Derby and Oaks before we have blinked and then the yearlings’ sales will start!

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              The  Italian Mushroom picker                   The Guv'nor with Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson was on the hill first lot doing interviews for one of the racing channels. He wanted me to talk about the Newmarket open day and The Chester Cup, where we have Mystery Star and Dazinski entered. He is an amazing man as he has that way with him, and can get on with everybody, even if he annoys a few. I don’t know when the piece will be on but hope I sounded sensible.

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       Getting ready to go into the stalls

What a great horse this Cirrus Des Aigles is. It cantered away with the Prix Ganay at Longchamp yesterday. As you know he is by Even Top, who we trained to be second in the 2000 Guineas and was a marvellous horse for us. If you can remember he was a fantastic looking horse, a big, strong, healthy colt. It doesn’t surprise me he has got a top class horse from only very small crops. It is such a shame he has died as he would have been inundated with mares now after this  horse’s great performance. He loves any surface, firm, soft, polytrack and is certainly improving still. It would be great if he took on Frankel.

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                            Ready for the off                                                                   Gates open

It was a good weekend for The Owls who are now in the driving seat for promotion after a good win on Saturday and The Blades only managing a draw. We have only got to win our last match next Saturday to be automatically promoted to The Championship. I hope we do it and am sure we shall.  Arsenal had better watch out as out next move is to The Premiership.


Old Boy Ted (Lauren) Astrogold (Nikki)