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The weather is miserable

Thursday, 15 March 2018

"No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow."



Pageant Master leading Quanah

It’s another wet morning which is unbelievable and as we write this, the rain is bouncing off the office roof. It looks set for the day and watching the forecast yesterday, it looks to be cold again at the weekend, with the temperatures plummeting and the possibility of snow. The staff have been doing a great job cantering the horses and we have been getting on well, considering the circumstances. I’m just hoping for a long spell of proper spring weather.

Velvet Vision upsides Topalova

I have just been reading a book on the Brooke Hospital in Cairo and the history of the lady who started it all, Dorothy Brooke. She must have been an amazing lady whose love for horses knew no bounds. After the First and Second World War, horses that had been used in the Army were left in the country and sold off to the locals, most of who didn’t have the understanding and kindness that horses needed. Dorothy Brooke would buy them and give them their last few happy days. She started the hospital and education programme to help all the working horses, donkeys and mules in the country. The charity has grown considerably and is in several countries now. I can highly recommend you buy the book and read all about it. We are adding the Brooke Charity to our charitable organisations.

Colt foal by Archipenko ex Cushat Law

It was another good day at Cheltenham yesterday, but not for the resident tipsters and definitely not for Ruby Walsh, who unfortunately had another injury to his leg. The whole of racing will be wishing him well and let’s hope it is not as bad as it could have been. It has been raining there overnight and the ground will be very holding once again, so mud larks and stayers is what is required today. It was amazing to see a suntanned Lee Westward telling us he had won the jackpot. Good luck to him. He didn’t win it yesterday and the pool runs over to today. It was only £25,000 though, which seems to me a small amount considering the fixture. Let’s hope with the new competition to the Tote starting up they can generator bigger pools and some more exotic and exciting bets.

The standings so far are MHT minus £105.01 and Richard minus £13.34. Our selections for today are below.

1.30  Shattered Love    2.10  Who Dares Wins    2.50  Un de Sceaux    3.30  Yanworth    4.10  Tully East  4.50  Laurina    5.30  Actinpieces

1.30  Invitation Only    2.10  Forza Milan    2.50  Cue Card    3.30  Sam Spinner    4.10  Willie Boy    4.50  Maria’s Benefit    5.30  Final Nudge


A very happy birthday to Malcolm Franklin

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

"So remember look up at the stars, not down at your feet."

Stephen Hawking.

Isaac Murphy

It’s a bright spring like morning with the temperature holding up ok and very little wind. We have got rain forecast for later on and tomorrow. Everybody who should be in is in and all is going well. All the horses have been cantering on the polytracks Racecourse Side. As I said yesterday I can’t wait to start doing fast work on the turf, but at present it is still too soft. There is not much grass growth and the racecourse has put frost covers down, which makes crossing the racecourse more difficult. It always amazes me that the heath and the racecourse have two different teams of workers, but all working for the same firm, The Jockey Club. It has never made sense to me.

Rum Ration walking back to the yard

Indian Red didn’t run too badly last night. He was beaten under a couple of lengths and maybe we just didn’t go quickly enough on him and stretch the field, but he still ran another sound race and is in good form. I think the turf will suit him and there is a good series of races at Pontefract that may be just up his street. Also I have schooled him over hurdles and he certainly jumps those well, but the ground will need to dry up before we give him an entry.

Taking in the surroundings

Cheltenham got off to a great start racing wise yesterday, but reading the Dikler in the Racing Post today, it sounds like it was a bit of a farce. There was no commentary in the bars for the first race, the Tote machines were all down and the queues for the bars were even longer than normal with what he described as “clueless staff”. As the Dikler says how long have they had to prepare for this? Our tipping competition produced a few winners and a few near misses. The standings at present are MHT minus £35.01 and Richard plus £21.66.

Our selections for today are below.


1.30  Next Destination    2.10  Monalee    2.50  As You Were    3.30  Min    4.10  Auvergnat    4.50  Turning Gold    5.30  Rhinestone


1.30  Vision des Flos    2.10  Presenting Percy    2.50  Burbank    3.30  Politologue    4.10  The Last Samuri    4.50  Oxford Blu    5.30  Mercy Mercy Me


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