It's Champions weekend ...

A fresh start for The Guineas

Saturday, 05 May 2012

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”


First lot returning along The Plantation

It’s not a bad morning here in Newmarket. We have had no more overnight rain and the forecast cold weather has not reached us, so in fact it’s a very pleasant morning. There were plenty of visitors about on the Heath watching the horses as you would expect for a Guineas weekend. Many people make it a holiday and come for the weekend and this time we have the bank holiday on Monday which makes it even longer. Our horses have been cantering Bury Side and then picking a bit of grass and all has gone well so far.

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                                       Toptempo                                                                       Rayvin Black

It looks a wide open 2000 Guineas and the draw might be the deciding factor. I see once again the Clerk of the Course has put the stalls right in the middle so I would think high numbers might be favoured, but until the Guineas we are not going to have much of an idea. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Power run a great race and I think a good each way bet and an outsider would be the French invader Hermival. Tomorrow's 1000 Guineas looks very similar and I am going here for Lyric of Light and my each way is Alla Speranza.



Newmarket celebrates the first classics of the season


 (L-R) Astromagick with Mystery Star and Ron behind

It is a great sporting weekend with The Guineas, the Cup Final and the snooker all to watch and enjoy. I hope my fancies above can win, that Liverpool win the cup and that Ronnie O’Sullivan can retain his world title. But the big excitement this weekend is at Hillsborough where The Owls are at home to Wycombe and when we win this we are automatically promoted. I would love to be at Hillsborough today but we have had a very busy morning here in Newmarket which has stopped me going. I will be there in spirit and will be following every minute this afternoon. "Come on The Owls".


Star Commander - The Guv'nor talking to Butch

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