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Another warm start to the week

Monday, 28 May 2012

“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”
Henry David Thoreau.

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 Comrade Bond being hosed down

It has been a very warm weekend once again. The temperatures have been so high it has felt like the South of France. Who needs to go abroad on holiday when we have days like these? The horses have been all standing stripped this weekend as it has been very warm at night as well. It’s very pleasant this morning and we have been out doing a couple of good canters with most of them. After our busy week we are having a quiet one until the weekend when we will start to have quite a  few more runners.

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Barwick (Butch)

We have one runner today – Dine Out runs in the last at Kempton which is the mile handicap. She carries top weight and is not drawn very well. Eddie wanted to ride another one in the race which he had won on previously, so I have got Saleem Golam, who was a champion apprentice for us a few years ago, to ride her. Sal is a great lad who has just slightly lost his way. He has plenty of talent as his victory at York on Saturday showed. I am sure Dine Out will run a sound race and, if she can get in a good position, could possibly make the frame.

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Third lot coming round the indoor ride

I was delighted with Star Commander at Chester. He won very nicely and is an improving sort. I hope the handicapper doesn’t pile the pounds on as I think we may be able to complete a three- timer. Mystery Star earned some money for us at York and will now be going back handicapping. Shomberg finished third and looks like he needs a bit farther, but I am sure I can place him to win in the near future.

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Joe The Coat (Robbie)

It was great to see Mick Channon win the Irish 1,000 Guineas as he has often hit the bar and this is his first Classic success. Mick always tells it as it is, and there is no flannel with him. He has stuck by his jockey and they both deserve all the accolades.

The Greyhound Derby was a real bumping match and turned into a two-dog race after the first bend. This often happens at this top level and there is no coming back once the bumps have occurred. It was great to see our local trainer Mark Wallis do it once again.

28_-_Mares_and_foals_at_DullinghamMares and foals up at Dullingham