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Banter with the aussies

Monday, 18 June 2012

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.”
Tommy Lasorda.

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Comrade Bond bringing up Five Hearts

A showery morning but no wind and I think we have had about 4mm’s over night. The Countryfile forecast showed a mixed week with plenty of showers and some high temperatures in-between. Great grass growing weather. First two lots have been on Warren Hill where we have been invaded with coach loads of Australians coming over to see their flying filly run at Royal Ascot. It’s great to see the enthusiasm and what horses can do for the industry. I was giving them a bit of stick as Frankel cantered up under Henry’s watchful eye, and I was telling them they wouldn’t see which way he went if they ever met. Needless to say there was quite a bit of banter.

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The Guv'nor greeting the Australians this morning

My Guardian Angel won very well on Sunday once he got the idea. He is a big, strong, horse who is only just starting to learn and should go on from here. I was delighted he stayed as it was my only worry, but that family win over all sorts of distances. It’s so disappointing and sad that the mare died after she only had this one foal as I am sure she would have been a great asset to the stud, but it’s another Dullingham Park home-bred winner and thanks to all the team. Kathleen Frances got a hefty bump but the drying ground didn’t help and there will be other days for her.

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Astroscarlet leading up Toptempo

One runner today at Wolverhampton, Shomberg runs in the 4 o’clock - the mile and half three year old handicap. He has been giving me the impression that he requires this trip and although the mare was a very good sprinter, and the sire also, most of her offspring have required a distance to be seen at their best. There are one or two in this race that look dangerous, but I can see him running a sensible and sound race.

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Chankillo leads Joe The Coat

Joe The Coat is entered at Newmarket on 22nd June

I would like to thank everybody who’s sent me cards, e-mails and messages on reaching our 1,000th winner. It’s always great when everybody involved enjoys success with us and it’s down to all the hard work over the years the team has done. I have been very lucky to have trained and been involved with some marvellous horses, owners and jockeys, as well as top staff over the years, and couldn’t be more pleased to have achieved this landmark.

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Likelikelikelikeit leads Silk Scarf and Astrosapphire

Likelikelikelikeit is entered at Lingfield on 23rd June

More information about Likelikelikelikeit is available on our syndicate page

We are nearly there with Royal Ascot starting tomorrow and a big pull out in the Racing Post today – who needs a pull out when you’ve got Phil and I giving you tips all week! We shall be doing our best to keep you in profit and a lot depends on the ground conditions and how the draw works out, especially on the straight course. What a marvellous week we have in prospect.

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The Guv'nor having some craic with Chris Wall and Graham Locking on Warren Hill this morning