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Topapinion runs today at Lingfield in the 1.40 ....

An overcast, drizzly morning

Friday, 11 June 2010

Kathleen Frances strides clear

''A horse is like a car. He has only got a certain mileage. The difficulty is to discover the amount of mileage.''

- Vincent O'Brien

Both photographs by kind permission of Peter Higby

The proud connections with Kathleen Frances

An overcast, drizzly morning and we have been inundated with visitors, coming to watch work; a few of them did not bring wellingtons, so they have now got webbed feet. It is always advisable when coming to Newmarket in the early morning to bring a coat and wellingtons. We worked several two year olds first lot and, once again, they continued to improve.

Liam Jones and Pat Cosgrove share a joke before getting down to the serious business of riding work

Another good day yesterday at Yarmouth with Red Barcelona finishing third; I think that there will be plenty of winners coming out of this race and it looks like he will stay much further. I have, at long last, convinced myself that Astroleo does not stay two miles, as he came to challenge three out and looked like he was really going to get involved but weakened from two out. He will revert back to one mile six furlongs and I shall be running him over hurdles shortly, where he will be soon winning again. I was delighted with Kathleen Frances, another product of Dullingham Park Stud and I am so delighted for Russell Trew, who was present at the conception and the filly is named after his mother. He is with a party of football fanatics, who have gone to South Africa for the World Cup, so this win was a great start to their holiday. She really did it well and, after running behind the horses she has been doing, this was a bit easier for her.

Izzet and Prince Freddie

Today we have three runners at York. Kinsya runs in the 2.50pm, the one mile one furlong handicap, he is well drawn, the ground is just about okay and he has been slipping down the handicap gradually, so I would hope he can make the frame today. Dulcie runs in the two mile race at 3.25pm and I have been waiting all spring for some ground to get her out on the track. This looks a competitive affair but I expect her to put up a good show today; she is not very big but is as game as a pebble and Ashley rides her well. Finally, in the 5.05pm, we run Omokoroa, who has a lot of weight with 9 stone 10lbs and is drawn nearly in Leeds on the outside. Once again, no luck with the draw but the ground will suit and I am hoping, with a bit of luck, he is another that should run well today.

Munro's Dragon and Piccarello

Toparichi and Cornish Quest

Smokey Oakey and Marvo