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Another very warm morning

Saturday, 26 May 2012

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson.


 The string coming up Warren Hill polytrack

It is another very warm morning and it looks like continuing for the next few days. It’s amazing how quickly it all changes, and from being drowned rats we are now sunning ourselves as we go out on the Heath. I have been doing a couple of good canters with the whole string this morning. Everything has moved well and continue to look pictures.


Locum (Robbie)

We have three runners again today starting at York with Mystery Star who runs in the mile and six furlong Listed race at 3:10. He hated the very soft ground at Chester in this year’s Chester Cup and this ground will be much more to his liking. Saying that, it’s a strong race and he will have to be at his best to get in the first four. Our next runner is at Chester where Star Commander runs in the mile and five furlong handicap at 5:10. He won nicely last time on the all-weather at Lingfield. This is going the other way round today, but I think the track will suit him and in what looks a tricky little contest I don’t think he should be too far away once again. Our last runner of the day is Shomberg tonight at Lingfield . He runs in the 8:40 - a mile and a quarter appropriately called the Franklins Gardens handicap. It is named after our Lingfield Derby Trial winner of a few years ago and it would be very apt of I could win this. Shomberg should run well over this longer trip and might even get farther in time.


Sleigh Bells (Jordan) Dine Out (Abbi) Astroscarlet (Emillie)

All of our runners yesterday ran well again with Cotton Grass being second at Yarmouth. She looks like she is coming back to form, and I will be looking for another race over that trip or two miles very shortly. Kathleen Frances finished third at Goodwood on ground that was much too firm for her, and I think once I get her on some good, good to soft ground she will be showing her ability. Old Boy Ted had a good blow, and didn’t run too badly on ground that once again was too fast for him. He will stay two miles well and we will also be looking for a novice hurdle for him on better ground.


Chankillo (Rhea) Smokey Oakey (Jordan)

We have got a good weekend with the Irish 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas at The Curragh. The 2,000 Guineas is today and the 1,000 tomorrow. The card looks very good both days and if you are in Ireland make sure you make the effort to go. We have the greyhound derby tonight at Wimbledon where I hope Taylors Sky can follow up his victory last year for his genius of a trainer Charlie Lister, and if you want some real excitement don’t forget the Eurovision Song Contest is on tonight and we have been very lucky to find a singer called Engelbert Humperdinck to represent us!

26_-_The_Guvnor_weeding_the_poolThe Guv'nor weeding over at the pool