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Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

At long last, we have had some very good rain

Tuesday, 08 June 2010

First lot arrives at the Rowley Mile racecourse

''What lies behind us and lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.''

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Smokey Oakey - looking very alert!

At long last, we have had some very good rain but not enough yet, as the heath foreman told me that there had only been 5mm overnight and the watered gallop was still the most consistent galloping ground. So, we took both first and second lot over there and it rode perfectly - if only all the racetracks were like this. I was, especially, delighted with the bunch of two year olds, who came six furlongs and quickened up well together; this sort of work really brings them on and all they now need to run is another similar piece of work or two. The ones we have run so far have all performed with credit and I can see us starting to have two year old winners in the next month or two.

Smokey Oakey and Marvo

The only runner we had yesterday was Forgotten Army at Pontefract, Ted Durcan said he hated the fast ground and was, consequently, not too hard on him when all chance had gone; soft ground and a bit further will help and, I am sure, we have not seen the best of him yet.

Kinsya and Astrodonna

I see Highflyer Productions have got the contract to supply Channel 4 with the racing for the next couple of years but they are also talking about 'additional on-screen talent'. I do hope for once we will get people, who know about racing and can talk about it in a professional manner. We need to bring the sport to life, especially, about the horses and the characters involved, rather than how much you can lose in running and, who has had £10 on this morning. This constant battering we get about the gambling side puts off so many people, who would otherwise watch rather turn off instantly. I, as a professional, and I am sure, there are many like me, spend my whole life turning the sound down, when the presenters start their rattling on. We get so much airtime with two dedicated channels and the terrestrial TV coverage, we need to keep people watching with interest and wanting to see more, rather than this instant turn-off.

Power of Dreams, Astromoon and Astrovenus

The two year olds, all bunched up at the two furlong marker

Izzet, Toparichi and Piccarello in front with Prince Freddie and Cornish Quest in behind