June, 2009

Sports Day

The summer term is winding to an end, and with four young children I have a series of sports days to go to.  They’re not generally big days in the Black household - we don’t take them too seriously and we never win anything.  It’s all good fun though, and sometimes exciting.
At our local nursery school (up [...]

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Sweating up

A quickie today - I’ve been having trouble with my internet connection all week and it’s just come up so I’m going to try and get a blog out before it goes down again.
Three runners today.  Pete saddles Winker at Newmarket.  He’s been looking a little fat and after his last showing I’m worried that [...]

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Bert’s Offline

Bert has asked me to post as he has been without an internet connection at the farm for a few days. BT aren’t showing any great urgency in fixing the line as the issue only affects Bert and one other property.
Bert’s only runner in recent days was Lilac Moon at Haydock on Saturday. A cheapish [...]

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Day 3

Amazing scenes yesterday as Jealous Again destroyed a class field in the Queen Mary.  The clues were all there and I feel a mug for not having backed her - I was concentrating on the British runners and I never gave her a second thought.  It poses questions for the rest of the week - [...]

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Day 2

Not a bad day yesterday, although it didn’t work out so well in the evening.  I was wrong on Paco Boy and I sensed that before the race - his frame and his daisy cutting action weren’t as I remembered.  Canford Cliffs might be a phenomenon -  time will tell but there were several highly touted horses [...]

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Day 1

Still no luck with the horses.  Bea Menace ran ok and would have been placed but for being squeezed in the final furlong.  Tikka Masala ran no sort of race - Richard wasn’t able to get her tucked in from his wide draw and the race never panned out for us.
On to Ascot;
I’ve been on [...]

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A bit cursed

A busy spell, and not a lot of success - I’m feeling a bit cursed at the moment.  I had a decent bet on Midday in the Oaks - she couldn’t have come any closer, beaten only a head after a little interference in running.  In the Derby I was on Rip Van Winkle and I needed [...]

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Mugged

A winner!  Tikka Masala hit home on Tuesday to give my colours their first win of the flat season.  She’s not one of the leading lights of the string at the moment, but she might be progressive if she learns to excercise a little restraint.
If there’s a horse out there with the wrong name then it has [...]

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Further guidance

Another poor day on Saturday.  Marine Boy ran no sort of race - Tom’s on his stag weekend so I haven’t had the chance to talk to him.  Major Eazy ran a pretty decent race in 5th.  In the evening Pansy Potter ran poorly, but Bea Menace ran a great race finishing second to the [...]

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