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Across The Flat with the jockeys

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”
Walter Bagehot.

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First lot arriving at Racecourse Side

It is quite cool this morning and very overcast, but as yet we have had no more rain. The ground Across The Flat in front of the Rowley Mile Racecourse was very good. There was no soft in that at all. I took two lots over there and with Ted Durcan and Eddie Ahern both in attendance we did some very good work. The two-year-olds especially are starting to get their acts into gear. Everything is moving well and at present all horses are very healthy, thank goodness.

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 (L-R) Joe The Coat (Nikki), Rayvin Black (Ted Durcan)

Blimey O’Riley ran a sound race again last night at Pontefract on ground that Ted said was more soft than good. In fact it was a bit patchy. He came there well in the straight and either didn’t quite get home or just needed this run again. He is a big horse who we look after, and he may be taking a bit longer to get up to peak fitness.

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(L-R) Dazinski (Steve), Mystery Star (Butch)

It looks like Royal Ascot is going to start off on the soft side this year, which is typical when the only runner I may have on the Tuesday – Mystery Star – wants it on the fast side. I always say trainers are like farmers in that they are never happy with the weather, and that you just have to take pot luck. That is why I don’t like the tracks watering, as it is completely unfair to some horses.

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(L-R) Like Clockwork (Robbie), Eanans Bay (Eddie Ahern)

The Black Caviar excitement is starting to crank up now, and by all accounts she has settled well into her new surroundings. I have not personally seen her on the Heath yet, but I am sure I shall  in the next few days and cannot wait to get a glimpse of her. There is everything you want to know about her in the Racing Post today. It’s fantastic for racing that we have this mare, as well as Frankel, at our showpiece meeting. All of the money we have wasted on Racing For Change is down the drain now. I have always said that it is the horses which generate the interest, not the gimmicks that these people come up with. Who has any interest in or knows who is leading the Champion Series – very few I would think.

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(L-R) Shomberg (Jordan), My Guardian Angel (Harry)

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The Guv'nor with Ted and Eddie this morning

My Guardian Angel seen behind

There is a share available in him on our syndicate page