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An overcast, dull old morning

Monday, 14 June 2010



''The mind is like a parachute, it does not work if it is not open.''

- Frank Zappa



An overcast, dull old morning - quite muggy in fact. We missed the promised heavy showers, here at Newmarket and we have just been doing good, conditioning canters up Long and Warren Hill.

The two runners yesterday both ran reasonably well; I was especially pleased with the two year old, who took an age to understand what was required but, once the penny dropped, he ran on well. I would think the winner is pretty useful and, I am sure, there is a lot of improvement in ours. Marvo, surprisingly, needed the outing and was having a good heave afterwards; he is sure to strip fitter next time.


Moon Lightning

A great feast of racing this week with Royal Ascot on for five days, starting on Tuesday. We will not have many runners there but I will be going for two or three days. Phil and I will have our usual tipping competition, on a daily basis, to a level £1 stake and, hopefully, we can point you in the direction of a few winners. It is always a fantastic week with tremendous racing and great pageantry; the only thing that spoils it is the ground, which is different all over. Since they have re-vamped the place, the draw, on the straight course, plays such an important part. The going stick has three different readings for the straight course alone: nearside, middle and farside. It is very hard for the jockeys to know where to go.


Taking a turn at the top of Long Hill

As for England's start in the World Cup, what can anybody say - green by name, green by nature. His gloves look bigger than he does and as for getting his body behind the ball, which is taught to school children at an early age; either he had been playing truant that day or had gone playing golf! Let us hope we can get it right against the next two opponents, who could not beat any of our championship sides.


Ted Spread


Miss Wendy