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Galloping – on course for success

Friday, 22 June 2012


“A cold in the head in June is an immoral thing...”

L.M. Montgomery.


Eddie Ahern on Toptempo - seen with the Guv'nor

It is a much cooler morning with plenty of wind. The clouds are flying across the sky filled with rain, but as yet none has fallen. We got soaked yesterday, as I told you, and the ground has gone to very good on the July Course for today. We have been galloping horses Across The Flat first and second lot with one or two jockeys and apprentices turning up. Everything has gone as planned, and I must say that this year we have a very good bunch of staff who are eager to get it right and work together. It makes all the difference when they are keen and want to learn.


(L) Comrade Bond - Red Hermes (R)

We have two runners today – both tonight at Newmarket where I am told Madness are playing after racing. They were  on the roof of Buckingham Palace when the Queen had her pop concert for the Jubilee. Marvo runs in the first, the mile apprentice race – he is a consistent sort and will continue to be so. If the boy can do as he is told Marvo must run well again on a surface that he will like. Joe The Coat is in the next – the mile and a half classified stakes. He has not run badly in all of his races so far and I am hoping that he can get into a place tonight. I think the trip will suit him and any more rain would be in his favour.


(L) Mystery Star - Star Commander (R)

It was great to see Frankie Dettori back in the Group One winning enclosure yesterday after the Gold Cup and it was another brilliant day's racing all-in-all. The German owned and trained winner of the Tercentenary Stakes was another exciting winner - it’s marvellous that this meeting is becoming a global fixture. When you get the top horses from all over the world competing on a turf surface without any medication you will find the best coming to the top. These are the ones that should be used for breeding.


(L) Astroscarlet - Lady Bellatrix (R)

Our tipping competition continues and without blowing my trumpet I will let Phil add his comments…

Phil writes:

It was another profitable day for the Guv’nor in our Royal Ascot tipping contest yesterday as he boosted his profit over the first three days to an impressive £124 to a £10 level stake. It was “Black Ascot” for me again though, and I was grateful for a non-runner as proceedings drew to a close! I am now £114 down.


(L) Old Boy Ted - Smokey Oakey - Locum (R)

Royal Ascot Tips


              MHT                                                                                   PHIL

2:30 - NEWFANGLED                                                                                                   TASSEL

3:05 - ASTROLOGY                                                                                              NOBLE MISSION

3:45 - SAMITAR                                                                                               HOMECOMING QUEEN

4:25 - MIJHAAR                                                                                                         GATEWOOD

5:00 - YAZDI                                                                                                                    YAZDI

5:35 - JAMESIE                                                                                                      IMPERIAL DAY


First lot under the trees at Racecourse Side