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A very warm, cloudless morning

Monday, 21 June 2010

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                                                                           Astromoon

                                ''Sincerity may be humble but she cannot be servile.''

                                                                        - Lord Byron

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                                                                            Brushing

A very warm, cloudless morning and the forecaster tells us that it is going to be like it all week, so from having a lot of runners we will be down to single figures this week. All the horses look well and are healthy but this firm ground is driving me bonkers; each course has different turf make-ups and this new-fangled going stick, which every course has to issue readings is so variable and a lot of the groundsmen hate using it.

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                     The string heads home with Newmarket below in the background

Two runners today at Lingfield, where Dame Judi Dench is opening the new hotel, which has been built on the course, so now owners will be able to go and stay overnight or beforehand, play golf in the morning and go racing in the afternoon; it would be nice if any profits from this venture were put into the prize money. Bertie Smalls runs in the 3.45pm, the mile and one handicap, he has been quite disappointing but if reproducing his very best form could possibly make the frame today. Locum runs in the last, the 5.45pm, he is always ultra-consistent and must be, once again, in the shake-up today.

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                                 Comrade Bond having a pipe-opener for tomorrow

A great, final day of Royal Ascot with marvellous racing but we had a big disappointment with Mystery Star pulling a muscle in his hind quarters, early on in the race, he is quite sore and will take a week or two to fully recover but thank goodness it is not any worse and we live to fight another day. The tipping competition finished with a final day flourish for MHT to easily win the in-house Royal Scot tipping competition. After thirty races, including many impossible to solve handicaps, he finished the week only £4.27 down to a level £1 stake, gaining his revenge on Phil's Cheltenham victory, who, nevertheless, did very well to finish only minus £16.89; I doubt many professional tipsters would have done so well - nothing like blowing your own trumpet!

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                                                                          Moon Lightning

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                                    Piccarello, Old Boy Ted and Star Commander