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A busy and mixed morning

Friday, 29 June 2012

 

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
Confucius.

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 Star Commander, Lady Bellatrix, Five Hearts

It has been a mixed morning with plenty of sunshine, wind and the odd flurry of rain. The wind is now really blowing hard which will help to dry up the ground for tonight. The horses have had a mixture of exercises this morning with some doing fast work, some having good canters and others having a healthy exercise with a pick of grass. There are runners everywhere today, so we have been a bit short on the ground with personnel.

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                  Marvo, Star Of Missouri, Topamichi                    The Guv'nor with Bill Simpson

Once again Yarmouth turned out to be a happy hunting ground, with Comrade Bond getting his head in front much to the delight of his loyal band of owners, many of whom were there yesterday. He won nicely and I think that all types of ground come the same to him. Cotton Grass looked as if she didn’t stay and I will be resorting back to a mile and three / four, which is the distance she has won over before. I was very pleased with the two-year-old (Likelikelikelikeit), as it was a good race and she behaved impeccably. I would think she is more of a nursery type eventually, but looks nailed on to win races in the future as well as train on well as three-year-old.

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Likelikelikelikeit being lead round by Wajid at Yarmouth yesterday

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We have three runners today - all widely spread. We start off in Scotland at Musselburgh where we run Old Boy Ted in the 4:20 with Joe Fanning taking the ride. Old Boy Ted has been improving with each run this spring and I’m hoping he will not be far off today. Astrosapphire runs at Newmarket in the 6:30, the six furlong maiden filly’s race. These Newmarket maidens are always above standard and you can meet anything in these sorts of races, but she goes nicely and will benefit greatly from the experience tonight. Our last runner is My Guardian Angel in the 8:25 at Chester. He won nicely at Doncaster once he got the idea but this is a completely different track and we are drawn pretty wide so he will have to have a bit of luck on his side, but if getting it should not be far away.

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A number of Comrade Bond's owners at Yarmouth yesterday

There is now only one share left on Comrade Bond - who can be seen on our syndicate page

What a day yesterday was with the rain. Newcastle was hit the worst with an unbelievable storm which flooded everything. With the buildings there being old it went in from every conceivable nook and cranny. There is an inspection today to see if they can run The Plate on Saturday and if they do - which I think they may well, only because it is their biggest pay day of the year - it will be a real slog and I’m sure there will be plenty of tired horses. Racing was also abandoned at Leicester which has been waterlogged most of the spring.

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Barbsiz (Nikki) jumping off in front of Marsh Dragon (Jordan)

There was an interesting launch yesterday by the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Chairman Kirsten Rausing. She announced a new bonus scheme for horses bred in Britain. We already have a couple of schemes, but this is a new one with money being paid into a fund while the horses are foals, followed by further payments later. These things are all well and good and should be encouraged, but I only wish they could all get together and sort it out properly so everybody in the business can understand what is going on.

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Gary the equine dentist with Astroleo

The horse dentist Gary arrived this morning for his second visit of the year. He does all of the horses in training as well as the mares and young stock – both and Dullingham and Garrowby. It’s a must to keep on top of the dentistry as horses will not thrive if they have sharp and problematic teeth. He does a great job and is worth his weigh in gold.