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Two runners tonight at Newmarket

Friday, 17 June 2016

"Collect moments, not things."


Waiting Instruction

It’s an overcast day, very similar to yesterday and you didn’t quite know what to put on the horses when they went out to exercise. In fact, they set off with their light sheets on, but by the time they had got to where I was giving the instructions, we decided to pull the sheets forward and sit on them as they were starting to get warm. I used the Cambridge Road polytrack at first lot and the Rubbing House one at second lot. It is amazing how much rain we have actually had, and it seems to be very localised in that one side of the town gets 20mm, and the other side gets nothing. It’s a bit like that with the racecourses.

Careless Rapture on the Cambridge Road

It was a mixed day yesterday with our runners after the good day before. Heavensfield ran well for a long way in what was quite a good race and I am sure there will be plenty of winners come out of it. We learnt a lot from it and I am sure she will be putting her best foot forward pretty soon. At Lingfield, Blue Bounty lost a cheekpiece, which I have never seen before. He also missed the break, but still didn’t run too badly. Permera’s race was run at a ridiculously slow, stop go pace and it was a very slow time. She is a filly that stays well and you can just put a line through this race and look to the future on firm ground on the turf. The one good thing to immerge from yesterday is that the handicapper should start to give us a chance.


We have two runners today, both in the same race at Newmarket tonight at 8.35. Astrowizard makes his debut and Astrosecret runs for the second time after passing the stalls test for her display of naughtiness. Astrowizard is one of those horses who has never stopped growing and is at least 17’ 1. In this race where the form looks ok, I don’t think he will trouble the judge tonight. Astrosecret certainly has the ability to run reasonably well, but as long as she goes in and comes back safely there will be plenty of days for her.


Ascot continues and I think that the quote of the year was heard after the Britannia when the owner, Michael Buckley, speaking to Emma Spencer said “I love Jamie Spencer, probably as much as you once did.” What a brilliant off the cuff sharp remark. There is so much fun and craic to be had out of horse involvement and it doesn’t matter if you are winning at Royal Ascot, or the lowliest of races, you get a feeling which is unparalleled. I did catch up a bit yesterday, but only with a couple of short price winners and I need to have a few more today to set up tomorrow’s final day

  1.                           Richard                        MHT

2.30                 Queen Kindly               Oh Grace

3.05                 Carntop                          Beacon Rock

3.40                 Quiet Reflection           Cheikeljack

4.20                 Jet Setting                     Nathra

5.00                 Ivan Grozny                  Elite Army

5.35                 Ebediyin                        Landofhopeandglory

Totals so far

Richard: minus £11.25

MHT: minus £122.16


We run at both Chelmsford and Lingfield today

Thursday, 16 June 2016

"In time of test, family is best."

Burmese Proverb.

Astrosecret and Sant'Elia

It’s a still morning and the temperature is on the low side. There are some big black clouds in the distance and I think it will be showery once again later on. Everybody is in great form after last night’s double and although we do have one non-runner once again in the yard, everybody is in top form. We have kept close to home with the cantering, and Hamilton Hill followed by a pick of grass has been the exercise today.

     19_Wizard     33_Sandwood
Astrowizard and Sandwood Bay having a pick of grass

It was a great night at Chelmsford last night, with a massive turn out of owners for Desert River and I don’t think they have ever had as many in the winner’s enclosure or the hospitality room. I think you could have heard the victory shout in Brighton when Desert River went by the post in front. Dot Green coasted up under a confident ride from Darryll Holland and she is an exciting prospect. The form of her Ascot maiden is working out unbelievably well and I will be studying the programme book carefully for future races.

We have three runners today, starting this afternoon at Chelmsford with Heavensfield in the 4.45, the one mile six furlong handicap. I was a bit disappointed with the starting handicap mark we got, and I think her run at Newmarket is the one they are taking it on, but giving weight away to at least three winners will be tricky today. Saying that, she has plenty of talent, will only improve and we will learn a lot today. We then move to Lingfield tonight. Blue Bounty is our first runner at 6.15 in the five furlong handicap. This looks more his level, he is drawn well and I am sure he will be there or there about once again. Permera is our final runner at 7.50, the one mile four furlong fillies handicap. She ran well at Beverley but has had to have a little bit of time off since as she didn’t eat much for a few days. She now seems in great heart and we are hopeful of a good run tonight, although there are one or two unexposed fillies in this race. 

The boxes are parked up ready to go off racing today

It was another fantastic day at Ascot and a great showcase for British racing. The Queen Mary was won by the American filly, Lady Aurelia, in what can only be described as unbelievable fashion. To quicken like she did off a fast pace left you dumbfounded and it will be interesting to follow her progress in the following months. I am starting to get behind in the tipping competition, but there are still three days to go and can turn around in an instant. Our tips for today are below:

  1.                         Richard                                    MHT

2.30                 Legendary Lunch                Peace Envoy

3.05                 Abdon                                    Long Island Sound

3.40                 Sovereign Parade                Even Song

4.20                 Pallasator                              Order of St George

5.00                 Monarch                                Folkswood

5.35                 Point of View                         Platitude

Totals so far

Richard: plus £48.75

MHT: minus £110.00


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