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Thursday, 29 March 2012

“A canter is the cure for all evil.”
Benjamin Disraeli.


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The Guv'nor giving instructions to the string

Another cracking morning with bright blue sunshine greeting us with no wind or rain in sight. We have had a great morning with all horses doing two canters up the Warren Hill polytrack. The sunshine does their coats no end of good and they are really starting to get their summer ones through. Everybody is in good form and we are all looking forward to the flat getting into full swing. Doncaster starts it all off at the weekend, but it won’t really get going until The Craven Meeting here at Newmarket in the middle of April.


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Astromagick (Robbie) Lady Bellatrix (Lauren) Red Hermes (Abbi)

We have one runner today at Wolverhampton, Zenarinda runs in the 5:15 - the mile and one furlong handicap. She has got a similar profile to our winner in the week, Marvo, in that she has been placed many times this winter without quite getting the proper ride or luck. She is not drawn brilliantly, but has the champion jockey on board in Paul Hanagan, and I don’t think she will be far away today. I have been pleased with her work and she has had a little break. It is forty-eight days since she last ran and goes there with every chance.

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Battery Power (Butch)

It is interesting to see that the fifty day ban imposed on Richard Hughes for his riding offence under Indian disciplinary rules has been upheld by our own BHA. Whether this is right or not, it brings to mind that racing worldwide should have the same rules for all jurisdictions. This would make it similar to, and bring it inline with most sports, whereby the same rules apply regardless of the country you are in. It would make life much simpler for everybody concerned. Maybe a rule like the one that has hit Richard Hughes, but is not in our rule book, could be thought through again by the Indian authorities. I know each country has different customs and attitudes, but I think that a simple worldwide rule book would be the ideal solution to these problems.

Below are a couple of mares and their corresponding foals enjoying the sun at Dullingham

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                                    Astrodonna                                                                     Four Miracles

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             Bahamian Bounty ex Astrodonna                 Refuse To Bend ex Four Miracles

I see that the money from The Tote is going to be put into a racing foundation, and that according to the article today in the Racing Post nobody will be seeing any benefit from it for at least four years. This is due to the foundation looking to build up a lump sum which will maximise the amount of interest that they can distribute. This looks to me like another one of these quangos that appear out of nowhere and do very little. There are many chartable causes at the moment that could do with a major investment. The Jack Berry House in Malton, The Astley Club and the new museum in Newmarket plus many racehorse rehabilitation units would all benefit from an injection of cash that is meant for the industry. The idea of going with a begging bowl to these quangos in the future is quite off putting.

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The Guv'nor contemplating

It’s nearly your last chance to enter the FIVE-TO-FOLLOW competition which runs from the first day of the grass season to the last. So do have a go and tell all your friends. They could be going racing with their own share in a racehorse next year. See the completion page of click on the following link for the simple details:- 2012 FIVE-TO-FOLLOW COMPETITION