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All horses in good form despite the heavy going

Monday, 16 July 2012

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
Søren Kierkegaard.

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First lot heading up the Mactrac

It is yet another damp morning with a pretty low temperature, especially at first lot. The forecast is for another mixed week ahead and we will be very wary of the going reports given to us from the race tracks. It’s not only us who are having problems though - you have got to feel sorry for the clerks who are seeing their courses ploughed up by the many runners, and then having insufficient time between race meetings to put the ground back into good condition.

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Astroleo comes up in front of Lady Bellatrix and Five Hearts

Astroleo is entered at Brighton on Thursday

Lady Bellatrix is entered at Pontefract on Friday

Our only runner at the weekend, Blimey O’Riley, got completely bogged down in the ground at Newmarket where there was “heavy” in the description for the first time that I can ever remember. It really was heavy, and if we don’t get some warm weather this week there will be no chance of either track on the July Course being in a fit state to race for the next how many Fridays. Blimey O'Riley came back in good shape though, having been taken care of by Michael Hills when he had no chance. His legs are good, he ate up and he lives to fight another day on much better ground.

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Rayvin Black seen with Chankillo

We have one runner today, Astroscarlet in the 6:30 at Wolverhampton. She is very game and consistent, is drawn much better tonight, and must be in the shake-up once again. I am sure she will stay this trip and the all-weather surface is fine.

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Mystery Star (Butch)

It was very disappointing to see there was a mass brawl at Newbury racecourse on Saturday. The reports seem to suggest that it was all to do with Swansea and Cardiff football fans fighting, but what on earth are football fans from Wales fighting for at Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire? They would be better off fighting in the backstreets of either home town. This is what you get when you encourage coachloads of people who are only out for the beer, and allow them to drink all day. I hope this is not what is going to happen during the rest of the summer.16_-_Akula

Akula (Wajid)

I see there was a very good letter in the Racing Post yesterday from Julian Wilson - the ex BBC racing commentator - about the July Meeting and the funding we were supposed to be getting from overseas revenue by running the July Cup on a Saturday. He quite rightly asks to see the revenue, but I am sure that this will not be forthcoming. The July Meeting seems to be stuck for ever on its new dates. It will never become as popular as it was before and only the Ladies Day Thursday will get big crowds. Very disappointing, but as they say “they know what they are doing”.

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The string emerging through The Plantation on the way home