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Thursday, 07 June 2012

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”
Benjamin Disraeli.

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The string heading out along Rayes Lane

It is another overcast, damp, drizzly morning and if what everybody tells me is right we are going to continue in the same vein well into the weekend. There might be some heavier bursts as well. We have done two canters on Warren Hill this morning with all of the lads and horses in good spirits.

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Like Clockwork leading Rayvin Black

Both of our runners ran well yesterday to finish third. Comrade Bond had every chance but did have to move a bit from his draw and I hope the handicapper will consider dropping him a little bit. I may have to claim off him next time. Chankillo ran another sound race and his time is near. The ground at Nottingham is very funny and you can never seem to peg horses back once they have got a run on you. It’s dead, holding ground, with a funny texture. It’s hard to explain but hopefully you get my drift.

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The Guv'nor issuing instructions at first lot

Mystery Star is seen infront of Old Boy Ted

We have two runners today. This afternoon at Lingfield  Astroscarlet who runs in the 5:20. This is a mile and a half three-year-old handicap on the all-weather. She has not run for a while but her last four runs have been good. She is drawn terribly at 12 once again and will have to be brilliant to get involved from there. The big decision is do you kick up the outside and burn her energy early, or do you drop her in where you can and ride her for luck? On the all-weather they tend to go flat out for two furlongs, then slow it down and then sprint the final two. Usually these races are very muddly, but whatever happens today she will come on for the race and I am sure she will stay further in time and win races. I hope you have your miners’ helmets at the ready and have not gone to sleep by the time our next runner appears which is Ron at Wetherby in the 9:20, way past most people's bed time. I just hope it has not gone dark by then. I am sure he will run a very sound race tonight as he has been improving all the time. He is a cracking big horse who has been given plenty of time as he has done nothing but grow all his life. He is for sale so if anybody wants a really nice horse for the future this is the one for you. He has already been schooled over hurdles and jumps well. He will stay three miles eventually and jump fences. I am hoping he won’t be far away tonight. Colin goes all the way to ride him and I don’t like to think what time he will get home.

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Joe The Coat brings second lot up the polytrack

You will see an article today in the Racing Post about training fees in Newmarket. This is all to do with one certain owner moving his horses away from some of our bigger trainers. There has been a bit of a furore from Newmarket trainers in general about this as he stated the costs were much too high in Newmarket. The Racing Post reported quite a balanced view - with my Newmarket Trainers Chairman hat on I replied to all their questions. There is such a cross section of trainers in Newmarket who all charge different fees and there is room for all owners to find the trainer who suits them, whether it is character, ability, costs etc.  I think I got the point across OK and let’s hope it is the end of the matter.

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The Guv'nor discussing the training grounds with Nick Patton

Nick Patton is the training grounds manager for Jockey Club Estates