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A good work morning

Tuesday, 01 May 2012

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.”

Ovid.

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The string heading out

All photos featured today were taken yesterday

A very wet morning and I can't believe that Yarmouth is still on. If they are getting the rain we are  having it must be in doubt. I have taken the  first two lots across town to gallop Across the Flat on what was really good ground. The turf here is so well drained and we worked round the bend over 7 furlongs. Eddie and Ted were out and we got some good work done.

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         (L-R) Mystery Star, Like Clockwork              Kathleen Frances, Blimey O'Riley

If Yarmouth is on we will have four runners today - two there and two tonight at Kempton. Five Hearts runs in the 4.10, the fillies 7 furlong handicap. She was very disappointing at Pontefract but there were excuses as she hit her head on the stalls, knocked a couple of teeth out and finished with a mouth full of blood. Today's trip and ground should suit and it's not beyond the grounds of possibility that she can run a big race today.  Zenarinda takes part in the next. She is another that really likes the ground and this trip looks ideal so I am hopeful once again. Tonight at Kempton Eanans Bay runs in the mile and a half maiden at 6.35. He missed the break and never got involved last time, but he should know a bit more tonight. He will need to, though, as this looks quite a tricky race, and he may need farther to be seen at his best. Like Clockwork runs in the 7.35. He ran a very pleasing first race of the year at Leicester, is drawn well tonight and I am hopeful of a good run again. Kempton is one of those surfaces that you either go on or not. Let's hope it's the former.

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Cotton Grass leading Five Hearts and Shomberg

I failed to mention yesterday our runners at the weekend which ran really well. Barwick and Battery Power both finished second and could have easily both won with any luck at all. What will happen is that they will go up the handicap without winning,  which never helps. 

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Chankillo, Topamichi, Frederick Alfred and Star Of Missouri

A very interesting article by Jim McGrath today on page 6 of the Racing Post ought to be read by everybody. The gist of it is that the Horsemen's Group's bonus races, which are adding £5,000 to around a hundred races, will only benefit those connections who are affiliated to their professional bodies - i.e. Racehorse Owners' Association, the National Trainers' Federation, the Professional Jockeys' Association, the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, and the National Association of Stable Staff. It's a thought-provoking article and should be carefully read.

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The Guv'nor checking the horses as they pass