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A morning of fast work and a dip in the pool

Friday, 20 July 2012

 “If you’re any good at all, you know you can be better.”
Lindsay Buckingham.

20_-_Astroleo_Eanans_BayAstroleo (Lauren) alongside Eanans Bay (Hannah)

It’s still raining and has been most of the night - it must stop soon. The forecasters keep telling us it is going to do, but looking outside I’m not too sure when. I took first lot across to Racecourse Side to work on the Flat Gallop. There were a few other strings there trying to find some good ground and in fact it wasn’t too bad - it was only in the dip where it went on the softer side. All the horses worked well and are still in great form.

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Dazinski (Steve) Mystery Star (Butch)

We have two runners tonight at Pontefract starting in the 6:25 with Likelikelikelikeit. She has had a couple of runs at Yarmouth, both times without being disgraced. This stiffer six furlongs should suit her but there are one or two in the race with reasonable form. Although I expect her to run respectably I think handicaps will be more her forte in the future. We then have a gap until the mile and a quarter maiden handicap at 8:40 where we have the reappearance of Lady Bellatrix. She is a filly that suffered badly last year with all the problems we had and she has taken time this spring to come right. I have only recently been able to start to crack on with her once again. I am sure she will benefit greatly from tonight’s outing, and we will learn much more about her ideal trip as this is the first time we have gone over a mile and a quarter. Being by Singspiel she should get the trip well.

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Star Commander, Locum and Five Hearts taking a turn past The Guv'nor

Conrad Lockey can be seen looking on

In the Racing Post today we see that there is plenty of in-fighting once again between the various groups who dominate our racing politics, with the BHA Chief Executive responding to the very good article yesterday by Alan Morcombe of the Horsemen’s Group. It seems to me to be a case of two people going for the one job. The BHA should stick to governance and regulation and leave the commercial negotiations to the Horsemen’s Group. We may start to get somewhere then.

Comrade Bond having a swim this morning

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         Being led in by Darren and Khaled...                                   ...seen mid-flow

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                                                      ...exiting the pool after a good exercise