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Another warm start with a pick of grass

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.”

Ingrid Bergman.

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Rayvin Black (Nikki) leading Locum (Robbie)

It is another very warm morning and although there are a few rain showers forecast it looks to me to be very doubtful that we shall get anything. After yesterday’s work morning all the horses have had a nice exercise with a good pick of grass on Long Hill. Everything is moving well and the staff are in good spirits. The walking grounds have been well watered by the Jockey Club Heath staff, so it has not been too dusty while everybody has been wandering about. It’s still much too firm to canter on the grass canters, but with the all-weathers and the special grass/peat moss gallops we can keep everything well on the move.

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Astroscarlet (Emillie) bringing up Sleigh Bells (Abbi)

We are going to let Toptempo take her chance in The Oaks on Friday, my reasoning being that her form is pretty good. She had two runs last year. In the first she finished with a flourish behind Lyric Of Light and then got no sort of a run second time on pretty holding ground. Her only run this season saw her get in more trouble than Bill Sykes, and rather than run for under £2,000 in a maiden we thought we would take our chance. I am not saying she is going to win, but she will stay the trip well. Being on the smallish side and a very good mover, she should handle the track well. Ted Durcan takes the ride and I am sure she and him will not let us down for effort and in racing you never know. If you are not in you can’t win.

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Toptempo (Nikki)

The Olympic Torch has started to go round the country and it’s fantastic to see so many people turning out to watch it. There were 25,000 at Cheltenham Racecourse to see Zara Phillips carry it on her winning eventer Toy Town, and yesterday the same amount were at Chester Racecourse to see the Grand National winning jockey Jason Maguire carry it there. People were thinking this countrywide tour with the torch would be a damp squid, but it’s the complete opposite as people get great excitement out of seeing it and taking their families. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I can’t wait to see it myself when it comes through Newmarket on Saturday July 7th.

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Rayvin Black watching The Guv'nor