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The summer holidays wind to a close and I’m back at my desk for a while now, which feels pretty good.
Lord Peter Flint made his debut last Friday and he ran well, finishing fifth of 13 in what may have been a decent maiden. He’s sure to improve for the run and he looks like [...]
It’s another excellent day’s racing at York today.
The sales race at 1:35 is always an interesting heat. Brian (Meehan) has won this race in three of the last four years - he’s had a total of seven runners in the last two years - but he has no runners today. The favourite has won in [...]
Authorized did fantastically and I’m thrilled for Pete. I backed him but I was a bit cowardly and I should have had more on. It was nearly a very good day as Oasis Wind came close - the unlucky horse in that race was Hitchens, who ran behind Effingham and backs up that form.
Day 2 [...]
I have a few interesting entries this week.
Baldovina is declared in a maiden hurdle for David Pipe on Wednesday night. There’s a chance she’ll turn her form around, but I think it’s unlikely.
Lord Peter Flint may finally make his debut on Friday. At this stage I don’t know if he’ll stand his ground - we [...]
I’m off to Malta tomorrow on Betfair business and I’ll miss most of the Ebor meeting. I’ve pored through the card tomorrow looking for value, but I can’t find anything at big odds that interests me - there are of course some serious races being run.
The Juddmonte comes top of the list, and Pete was [...]
Ultimately a disappointing week horse wise, but a good break with the family.
We took the quick ferry over to France on the Monday - around 3 hours from Portsmouth to Cherbourg and a 2 hour drive the other end. It was fairly uneventful - my one observation was that although I wasn’t driving that fast [...]
I’m off to Deauville with the family this morning - we’ve decided to make a week of it ending with Winker running in the Morny on Sunday. As I’ve said he’s in great form and I think he’ll win easily - the danger looks to be MyBoyCharlie who has been impressive in winning, albeit on heavy [...]
A poor run yet again from Captain Hurricane, finishing mid division. Pete showed yet again what a master he is with 2yos.
The ground this week has been very hard, and a lot of horses have struggled with it. I think that when it is as firm as this it becomes a bit specialist and there [...]
Captain Hurricane is napped by Tony Lewis in the 3.45 at Haydock today. He is also the spotlight selection, and Emily Weber describes it as “the moment of truth” after a long haul. It may be a fair description - if he can’t show up well today then it may be that he never will.