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The ground is becoming firmer

Tuesday, 22 June 2010


                      Force Group, who runs this evening, having his daily swim yesterday

     ''Advice is seldom welcome and those, who want it the most, always like it the least.''

                                                           - Lord Chesterfield


                                                  A bit of an old professional at this!

Another dry night and we have just been working a few horses on the watered gallop. As we said yesterday, there will be a few runners this week but not many - if only the racecourses could get their ground like the ground we have been using this morning.


                                                      I bet he feels better for that!

It is when the weather and the ground are like they are, at the moment, that our swimming pool really comes into play. As you can see from the pictures, one of our runners today, Force Froup has been doing twenty or thirty laps daily for the last two weeks, as well as his normal work. Nearly everything we have enjoys the pool, you only get one or two exceptions, who need a bit of cajoling.


                                                                        Izzet and Ron

Our first runner is Comrade Bond, who runs down at Brighton at 2.30pm; he has improved with each run and I expect him not to be far off today. I cannot see any reason why he would not handle this tricky track, as he is a well-balanced colt and is always wanting to please you - let us hope he can get his head in front today. Force Group runs in the first at Newbury tonight at 6.20pm, the mile and three apprentice handicap; he has had a bit of time off with a poisoned foot but has been doing plenty of work and swimming, as we mentioned above. If I have got him anywhere near his best, he should be good enough to give a proper account of himself today.


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