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A cold start but a warm week forecast

Monday, 21 May 2012

“Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.”
Augustine of Hippo.


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(L-R) Smokey Oakey (Robbie) Mystery Star (Lauren)

It is cold this morning and very overcast. I think the forecasters were trying to tell us it was going to warm up this week, but at present it’s as cold as it has been for a while. We have been out and done a good healthy exercise as usual on a Monday morning and the horses seem in good form. There were certainly plenty of them about, especially on Bury Side.

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           Joe The Coat leading Ravin Black                                              Shomberg

We have four runners today; two at Redcar this afternoon and another two at Leicester tonight. Up at Redcar we start off with My Guardian Angel at 3:10 in the mile John Smith qualifier. He stared off this season with a reasonable run at Yarmouth where he was third, today’s straight mile will suit and I am hopeful of a sound run. He is one of our new syndicate horses with a few shares left in him if anybody wants plenty of fun this year (See our syndicate page). Our next runner is Red Hermes in the 5:10. She has had three runs to date - all last year - when she was still a bit on the weak side. I think the step up in trip should suit, and I would hope she can improve this year as she is stronger and eating much better than she did in her younger days.

Tonight at Leicester we run Cat Island in the 6:50. She has been tried at all sorts of trips and ground without much success. Tom Queally takes the ride tonight and let’s hope that he can work the oracle. Our runner in the 8:50 is Like Clockwork. He won nicely last time at Kempton after being third on this track the time before. I am hoping he can be very competitive tonight, but there could be a hidden one or two in this very competitive handicap.

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Dazinski bringing up Astrogold and Zenarinda

Our only runner at the weekend was Locum who didn’t run too badly for his first run of the year on what was funny ground at Doncaster. It has never been the same since they relaid it and is either rock hard or very loose, and you are never given a genuine going report from the officials. He will come on for the run and I am sure will be getting his fans excited in the near future.  

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The Guv'nor with Graham Locking this morning

What a great horse we saw on Saturday in Frankel who completely ran away with the Lockinge and is a real superstar. It will be interesting to see if they step him up in trip or keep him to this mile in the future. If going to a mile and a quarter, I would think the only race they may consider is The Juddmonte at York.

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Great to see the swallows back in Newmarket

It was a great weekend for football, and especially for all my West Ham owners who have now got their team back in The Premiership. It’s disappointing for me though as I was hoping The Owls were going to have a visit to Upton Park next year. I will now have to wait until the year after. What a match The Champions League final was with Chelsea finally coming out victorious. If you wanted to watch a football match that was the one to watch, it had everything. Also for my Scottish fans I would like to say well done to Hearts who beat Hibs 5-1 to win the Scottish Cup. I would also like to congratulate Dumbarton who won the First Division play-off on Sunday. I met the chairman years ago on a visit to Musselburgh and they have been one of the Scottish teams I have followed since.

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