February, 2009

Strength in depth

Theophrastus ran a fairly poor race yesterday, but given that there was no pace to the race it wasn’t a great surprise.  They crept along for the first two miles and it turned into a sprint finish - Theo is a 3 mile chaser in the making and he would want a real slog.  He [...]

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Busy

I’m having a very busy time at the moment and I’ve been a bit slack looking after the blog, so apologies to my readers.
My life can be quite frustrating. Since I went part time at Betfair I’ve filled the gaps with all sorts of other stuff. I have my directorship of Swindon Town, I’m chairman [...]

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I went on a bit of a tour last week and I got a selection of photos through yesterday, so here we go.  First up - Baldovina’s foal by Dutch Art, only 2 days old;

Described as very nice for a first foal.  Second up we have my 2yo Rock of Gibraltar / Duchy of Cornwall filly [...]

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I was very happy with my two runners yesterday. 
Astrodome was run out of it in the closing stages, but they went no pace and it turned into a sprint, which was never going to suit him.  He’ll improve for that - he was very well this morning and should be out again soon. 
Theophrastus looked like [...]

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Double trouble

Peintre D’Argent ran nicely, looking like the winner for a moment before being tapped for toe, finishing third.  She’s still a baby and needs time to mature - I think she’ll make up into a nice animal one day.
Two runners today, and a couple that I’m really looking forward to seeing out.
Astrodome goes in the [...]

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Peintre

Briefly this morning as I have no time;
Peintre D’Argent runs in the 4:10 at Lingfield.  My last two runners have won, which means nothing other than that there is plenty of cash in my account. 
I think Peintre has a decent chance with Richard Kingscote taking the ride.  She’s a galloper rather than a speedster and she [...]

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Heavy going

King’s Head won nicely yesterday to give me my second successive Sunday winner and I think my first ever winner at Kempton.  Fergus Sweeney gave him the perfect ride, dropping him in the middle but on the outside and making his move early to give him plenty of time to get going.  He didn’t get [...]

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King’s Head

Just a quickie today as I’m off to Kempton.
King’s Head runs in the 2:40 and he’s favourite.  He’s been disappointing lately and we’ve dropped him to claiming class.  He’s working very well at home and if he puts his best foot forward he’ll win this race in a canter.
It’s a big if though.  He doesn’t [...]

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Reservations

I laughed when I read the papers this morning.  Two years ago I invested in a low budget film called “Morris - a life with bells on” - these things don’t often pay out and I fully expected to lose my investment.  They produced the film but they didn’t find a distributor and I assumed that [...]

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A new addition this morning - Baldovina foaled a bay filly.  She is described to me as a very good first foal - she’s by Dutch Art.
I’ve been hemmed in by snow for the last couple of days - I finally managed to escape late this afternoon.  The farm looks amazing - totally white.  The children [...]

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