Good and bad yesterday. Quaker Parrot ran no sort of race, but we were fairly unworried. She fell out of the stalls in a heap and never got moving - she’ll learn from the experience and will run better next time. Tikka Masala was more of a concern - she ran no sort of race [...]
I actually have pieces of three runners today and two of them are paper favourites.
Quaker Parrot runs in the 2:10 at Bath. She’s coming along fine at home and has a respectable chance - it’s really a question of what else is in the race. There are several likely types in the line up that [...]
A big day on Saturday with Swindon winning at home and guaranteeing their survival in League 1 this year. We’ve not had an easy time of it at STFC - we were hoping to go up this year but it didn’t work out and we were in real danger of relegation despite a goal difference [...]
A weak day on Saturday with no winners - costly as I felt good about a couple of my picks and got stuck in. It was the first day of the flat when I really spent time checking out the form and annoying to have decimated my account.
I’ve put it right since with a series of [...]
… to give up gambling. Actually I haven’t given up - I planned to but when I came back from holiday there was so much racing going on that I got stuck straight into it.
I went to Newbury yesterday - the third days racing in a week. Tom Dascombe had taken a box, and I [...]
A disappointing run from Marine Boy today but I’m prepared to forgive it. We had a chat about tactics beforehand and Tom was very much of the view that the horse needed cover to stop him running too free - Richard was to drop him in somewhere in the middle and produce him with a [...]
A serious disappointment from Winker, coming fourth of five in a race that was several leagues below the class of race he was running in last year. It’s hard to know what to think - his most recent work on the gallops had been exceptional (Alan, who is generally quite pessimistic, described it as proper group [...]
Back from my hols and raring to go. It was a nice relaxing break - the farm is a building site at the moment and the weather is a long way below Portuguese standards but it’s nice to be back all the same.
It’s a big and important week for the horses. Winker and Maxwell Hawke [...]
I’ve been in Portugal for a week now with the family and my mother-in-law. The weather’s great and we’re all having a good time.
The news from home starts with one real tragedy. Astrodome had an accident on the gallops - he struck into himself, severing two tendons including his digital flexor tendon. There was nothing to [...]