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The downpour turns Newmarket soft

Friday, 13 July 2012

“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”
John Greenleaf Whittier.

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First lot heading up the Mactrac

Star Commander leads Chankillo and Mystery Star

It never stopped raining all last night. It started around 7:30 and I think it only  stopped towards first light. It has not really affected the gallops, but the course here at Newmarket must be very soft especially after having had a days racing on it yesterday. The water will have just gone in through the hoof marks. We have kept to the polytracks on Warren Hill at first and second lot, and even they are very boggy, especially at the start of each canter.

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Rayvin Black (Nikki)

Kathleen Frances ran a very game race once again, she was only beaten a head and must surely get that winning bracket shortly. It was unbelievable weather at Epsom with the runners coming over to the stand side rail to find the better ground.

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My Guardian Angel brings up Topamichi at second lot

More information about My Guardian Angel can be found on our syndicate page

We have two runners today at Newmarket, I have not  decided one hundred percent whether to run or not and will wait and see until after the first couple of races. However, if I do run, our first runner will be Star Of Missouri in the 3:35 – the seven furlong two year old maiden. This is historically a very good race and looks just the same on paper today with a lot of very high priced yearlings. I really like this horse and I am sure that if he handles the ground he will run ok. He is a great big horse with plenty of scope and is certainly one for the future. The experience will do him good.

Our next runner is then not until 5:20 and we have even got an Arab race in between. In the mile handicap we run Barwick. He has been on an upward curve all year and although given too much to do last time he ran on well at the finish. He should handle this ground ok and must be thereabouts once again.

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The string passing The Guv'nor and Conrad Lockey

Our horses sold yesterday morning in the Tattersalls July Sales and most of them found new homes. I was a bit disappointed with the price we got for Ron, but wish all the new owners good luck and I am sure they will have a winner or two from their new recruits. I would think that the majority of horses, other than a few bought by jump trainers, have been sold to go aboard. Tattersalls have done a very good job in finding new perspective purchasers.

        13_-_Royal_Applause_ex_Astromancer     13_-_Shirocco_ex_Mega

              Royal Applause ex Astromancer                      Mega and her colt by Shirocco