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Pics

I’m getting a lot of photos in at the moment from all sorts of different places. Here are a few that have just come in;
First up, and after a long absence recovering from a broken bone in his foot is Bouguereau;
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Bougie hasn’t been on the course since July 2008, when he was a very [...]

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Nosey

A good run from Marine Boy yesterday, looking for a moment as if he might win.  He eventually finished fifth, but the form in these Newmarket handicaps generally stands up and with luck we may win one with him sooner rather than later.
No runners today but an excellent days racing.¬† I’ll be siding with Jeremy [...]

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Watching with interest

A mixed week for the horses with a couple of good seconds but some disappointment as well.
Morana ran a really good second to a possibly top class horse at Sandown.¬† It was a good time and these Sandown maidens generally work out very well.¬† I don’t know where we go next but a tilt at [...]

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Long time no blog.¬† I’ve been out and about¬†for a while now with no blogging time, so a fair bit to catch up on.
Last Thursday I went up to Cambridge with Steve Morana, Betfair CFO.  We spent the afternoon in the offices of a small company called Featurespace - they are data analysts specialising in [...]

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Massive hole

I’m having a busy time of it at the moment with heavy schedules every day this week, and the blog’s fallen behind again.¬† It doesn’t help that my house is a building site, but we’re getting to the end of that.
Tifernati ran on Sunday, and ran a stinker.  Jamie felt that there was something seriously [...]

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Hoping

Marine Boy goes today in a listed race at Newbury.¬† It’s been frustrating but I still believe in him - clearly the market is losing faith and his price gets ever longer.¬† The overnight rain (assuming it came) is a positive for him - he doesn’t mind how soft it gets.
He’s been disappointing lately but [...]

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Triple chance

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 [...]

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My house is a building site at the moment - they’re working in half of it and we’re living in the other half.¬† The whole place is covered in brick dust - it seems that no matter what we do to keep the dust out it finds a way through.
The highlight of the week occurred [...]

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More silverware

A win for Astrodome on Wednesday, and hopefully evidence that he has a proper future in jumping. He’s a great looking horse and he jumps like a pro. He could be a decent hurdler and looks like he might have to scope to make up into a proper chaser. Fingers crossed that [...]

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Skinny bird

It was a busy day with the kids today, although I did manage to find the time to back a couple of losers.
We took the boys to the theatre to see the pantomime “Pirate School” - all good fun.¬† At one point the pirate captain asked the audience which countries they had been to.¬† One [...]

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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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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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Big Paddy died on Saturday night - he was put down after one of his intestines burst.¬† Colic might sound like a bit of indigestion but it’s a very serious condition - I’ve had three horses go down with it now and only one of them survived.¬†¬† It’s a blow, and a terrible blow to [...]

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It was a truly depressing day today.  Nick Gifford rang late on with three pieces of bad news.
Killaghy Castle had a fatal fall at Sandown.  He was a lovely horse and a great prospect and I was very sad to hear this news.
Theophrastus is injured and is a highly unlikely runner for tomorrow.¬† It’s been one [...]

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An exciting day yesterday as my three fillies arrived at Watership Down from Japan.¬† They flew from Japan to Amsterdam and were boxed the remainder.¬† There’s a lot of risk in this type of journey and they seem to be injury free which is a relief.¬† I’ll give them a few days to settle in [...]

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Hit and hope

Quality racing today but tough.¬† I’ve been through the various cards and I haven’t found anything that I would consider standout.¬† I’ve decided¬†to¬†follow David Pipe - he’s been in no form this season but he has plenty of good horses in the stable and he’s been getting the odd winner.¬† He has eight runners today [...]

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I’m busy today with site meetings around the farm - we’ve got builders everywhere at the moment and the place is a mess.
I’ve got one runner today - Viscaya goes in the 2:30 at Wolver.¬† She was a speculative claim a while back - she’d shown a little form, something was clearly amiss and if [...]

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Exciting news - Park Acclaim foaled down a filly this evening, the first foal ever born to one of my mares.¬† I don’t know if she’s a grey (Park Acclaim is grey, by Clodovil) - she’s by Motivator.¬† I’ll post some pictures later in the week.
Other horse news is poor.  Big Paddy has been retired [...]

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I’m having a quiet time of it here on the farm.¬† We’re very exposed here and it’s very cold - we’ve all had the flu and are mostly staying in.¬† The kids (and me) have been spending a lot of time on the Wii, which can be a bit dangerous.¬† There’s this game called Mario [...]

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all blog readers.
Not a lot going on with my horses at the moment.¬† Tifernati comes down to Gary Moore’s any day now, and we should know fairly soon what sort of prospect we have.¬† Astrodome has¬†a massive appetite and is eating Gary out of house and home - we need to [...]

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I’ll be¬†brief again today as I’m on cooking duty - I cook a mean Shepherd’s Pie.
Jane got me a couple of framed photos for Christmas - Bouguereau in the Derby and Winker in the July Stakes.¬† They were fantastic professionally taken¬†photos that I’d never seen before - I’ll post them in here¬†when I get¬†time.¬† I [...]

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I went to Lapland on the weekend, which was good fun.¬† It was a real winter wonderland - pine forests of deep snow.¬† We had a late night husky ride (they don’t half motor), a reindeer sleigh ride followed by¬†a trek to meet Santa in a hut in the woods and a snowmobile trek.¬† The [...]

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I’m going through a quiet period horse wise.¬† Mon Michel is probably out for the season, and he was possibly my best prospect for this year.¬† Tifernati was bought to go hurdling this year, but he had a massive wart on his backside which had to be removed - he should go in to Gary’s [...]

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I bought another mare at Tattersalls last week - Veiled Beauty is the dam of The Cheka, and I paid 160k Guineas for her.¬† She’s by Royal Academy out of¬†a decent Khaled Abdulla mare, and she’s in foal to Byron.¬† I’ll be cheering The Cheka on as he goes for glory in 2009.
Veiled Beauty will [...]

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If there’s one thing I dread it’s when a trainer calls me unexpectedly in the early morning.¬† Gary Moore called me early on Friday - Mon Michel is probably out for the season with a leg problem.¬† We don’t know how bad it is yet as he kicked and broke the scanner when we tried [...]

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I went to the HWPA (Horseracing Writers and Photographers Association) awards on Monday.  Our table was a mix of Betfair horseracing team and journalists - I had John Cobb (Independent Racing editor) on my right and Guardian writer Greg Wood and his wife on my left.  Matt Williams (RP) and Rob Shepherd (NOTW) were also on the table.
The [...]

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I’ve had better weekends.¬† On Friday in the day my main fancies ran badly,¬†although I found a couple of winners¬†to limit the damage.¬† I had three runners in the evening, all fancied a little bit and¬†they all finished tailed off!¬† I decided to have a go at the Scoop6 on Saturday - I put only [...]

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Three runners at Wolverhampton this evening, and I may go up.¬† King’s Head goes in the 8:50 and both Shepherd’s Warning and Effingham go in the 9:20.
King’s Head comes here mainly because we haven’t had the right ground to run him over the jumps.¬† He doesn’t like it soft and it’s tough finding the right [...]

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Mon Michel disappointed at Fontwell - he travelled well enough but faded to 5th at the end of the race.¬† We were expecting better.¬†¬†He scoped clean and his blood was good after the race but he did cough -¬†I don’t think he was 100%.¬† No matter - he’s filled out and he’s ripe to go [...]

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Super Star

It finally feels like the jumps season proper¬†has arrived¬†now that the Paddy Power meeting is underway.¬† I’d like to go but I’ve got family commitments - I’m going to Fontwell tomorrow to cheer Mon Michel on in the Tikram hurdle.¬† His future lies over fences but he should have a decent chance of signing off [...]

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I went down to Lambourn yesterday and spent the morning with Tom Dascombe.¬† He’s extended his stable by taking over the stables next door - until recently the home of Paul Blockley.¬† I had a look at all my horses.
There isn’t a lot to report.¬† All were well.¬† Marine Boy continues to impress with his [...]

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Just one runner today - Shepherd’s Warning goes in the 8:20 at Wolver tonight.¬† I saw her at the stables a few months ago and I did a real double take - she’s still small but she’s¬†filled out unbelievably well in front and she looked like a different horse.¬† She should win more races.¬† I [...]

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I’m back at my desk having flown in to a freezing cold Heathrow at 5:30 this morning wearing shorts and a T-shirt.¬† I hardly slept a wink and I’m fading fast - as soon as I’ve done the blog I’m off to bed.
I couldn’t have been more impressed with Melbourne - it’s got everything.¬† It’s [...]

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Cup Day

On Sunday we decided to go on a walk around the town.  We went up to the MCG and the Rod Laver Arena, crossed over the Yarra river and came back through the park.  There was a lot going on - marketplaces, street entertainers and artists.  Although the trees and birds were different to the [...]

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Still in Aus and¬†still suffering from¬†jetlag - I suspect I’ll finally get over it when it’s time to go home.¬† I travelled¬†over with Stephen Morana, Betfair’s Chief Financial Officer, who¬†is also¬†feeling it.¬† I had a busy day Wednesday, finishing late in the office¬†- Stephen was asleep in his chair.¬† We walked back to the hotel [...]

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I arrived in Melbourne on Monday night and checked into the Crown Promenade.  It was a great flight on Qantas - 23 hours including an hour stop off in Hong Kong.  I watched three films - Hancock (starts brilliantly, ok thereafter), Meet Dave (some funny bits) and Batman Begins (only saw half, was enjoying it).
Yesterday I spent [...]

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Clean pair of heels

One runner tonight - Parisian Gift goes in the second at Wolver.¬† He’s a very decent animal and if he was 100% he’d be a strong fancy.¬† Tom’s horses have not been at their best recently but he did have a winner the other day and they may be on the way back.
PG has had [...]

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One runner today, and with a very decent chance.¬† Major Eazy, a nice 2yo last year, came back a couple of weeks ago and ran a very nice race at Ascot.¬† We didn’t expect much that day and we were pleasantly surprised - he should be fully fit now and ready to do the business.
He [...]

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Imponderables

One runner today - Bea Menace goes in the 2:30 at Lingfield and she has a great chance.  First time up she needed the run, although she still came close to winning.  Second time at Warwick the ground came up on the soft side, which was a concern before the race and we concluded that [...]

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Tikka Masala ran a nice race yesterday finishing fifth in a moderate maiden.¬† She was giving weight to all, she had the worst draw and the ground would have been on the soft side for her - fifth was very decent under the circumstances.¬† She’ll be out again soon and I’d be hopeful of a [...]

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A quite incredible day in the financial markets today.  Massive gains around the world were topped off with an almost unbelievable rise of 936 points on the Dow Jones - a move nearly twice as big as the previous all time high move of 499.
It’s the sort of fillip the financial world needed to get moving [...]

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An incredible and historic day on Wall Street, with the Dow down close to 700 points moments after the open, rallying late to be 300 points up at one point before closing down 128.  The trading range for the day was over 1,000 points, which is unprecedented.
All things considered it was a pretty good performance, [...]

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Quick update

I’ll be brief today as I’ve got no time.
Skid Solo goes at Newbury - he’ll run a very good race.¬† It looks a pretty decent race which will take some winning - I think he’s a worthy favourite and he could be worth a bet, but I won’t be lumping on.¬† Tom runs Noverre to [...]

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The markets are grim this morning - Alistair Darling perhaps predictably has failed to calm the storm.¬† I have a lot of sympathy for his approach - he’s been panned for taking too long to make up his mind but he needed time to assess the situation properly.¬†¬†Almost all of the journalistic comment I’ve read [...]

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No Dice

Nothing from my three runners with varying degrees of satisfaction from the runs.
Nicky Nutjob ran reasonably well - he finished fourth having had a difficult passage.¬† He looks as if he’ll be better for further, although that won’t be available to him this year.¬† He’s entered in the sales and we’d normally just take what [...]

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More disappointment on Saturday with Winker running no sort of race.  In many respects it was a run that was too bad to be true - he was being niggled to go the pace almost from the start and we knew our fate before the half way point.  I think the will is still there [...]

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Jane and I went to Ascot yesterday as guests of Watership Down Stud.  I have yearling filly with them that I really like - Sadlers Wells out of Race the Wild Wind and a half sister to King Charlemagne and Meshaheer.  The room was full of all types of racing people with a few theatre people [...]

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So the Ballydoyle three finally paid the price for their crimes and that should be the end of the matter, for now at least.  The reality though is that this was a total open and shut case - the rules are worded clearly and Johnny Murtagh had admitted the breach in the papers.  The BHA had [...]

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A good day on Sunday with King’s Head doing it nicely.¬† He needs it G/F or firm and given that he has¬†invariably delivered¬†when he has had his ground I probably should have given him a stronger write up.¬† He may come out again on the weekend - he has entries on Saturday at Market Rasen [...]

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A disappointing day yesterday on the track and an expensive one for my account but by no means a disaster.
Nicky Nutjob was disappointing, but it’s probably not the end of the world.¬† He’ll improve plenty for the experience, but he’s not looking like a sharp or early type - he’ll¬†probably be more effective over longer [...]

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Go on the boy

Three runners today in the first three races at Newbury.¬† In brief;¬† Nicky Nutjob is a decent prospect but probably no more than that.¬† I doubt he’ll win - a place is a possibility.¬† Skid Solo is a star on the home gallops but has been very disappointing on the track.¬† He could surprise us [...]

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Bloodletting

I spoke to a friend in the financial markets this morning - he said “these are the days when you keep the papers for posterity”.¬† We’ve had plenty of supposed crashes¬†in the¬†twenty five years he’d been in the city for, but nothing to match the events of recent days. ¬†Lehmans gone, Merrill Lynch and Halifax [...]

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Bad news on Lilac Moon.¬† She has a small hole in a suspensory ligament - we’re waiting for the vet’s verdict but she’s unlikely to run again this year, which may mean an early retirement to stud.¬† If that is the case it’s a terrible shame, as she was better than ever on the gallops.
I [...]

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I’ve been ringing around today and the news is mixed.
Lilac Moon has jarred one of her feet and it’s badly swollen.¬† It’s probably nothing major but we’re having a scan to be sure - she was down to run at Lingfield on Tuesday, but has obviously been left out.¬† It’s annoying as she’s been in [...]

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I read the piece on Tom Dascombe in the RP today, and the fact that he has closed his stable for a while.¬† Obviously I’ve known about it for a few days - some of Tom’s horses have been running terribly, and on a number of occasions horses that¬†were expected to go well came stone [...]

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No good for Pansy, but an fair run and the general view seems to be that she’s still a bit of a baby and will progress as the season goes on.¬† She didn’t look to get the mile and seven furlongs looks more the ticket.¬† Next time out we’ll run her up with the pace [...]

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I’m having a quiet time of it at the moment - the weather’s been horrible and I’ve had a bad cold.¬† I haven’t had any runners and I haven’t been betting either - I’m still licking my wounds from my big bet on Marine Boy.
Marine Boy may come out again at Haydock on Saturday, and [...]

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Ugh.  My hopes and dreams from Friday lie crushed and broken.
Marine Boy’s run was too bad to be true.¬† He’s a lot better than that - in a sense I’d have been more concerned if he’d been beaten a couple of lengths.¬† He scoped clean after the race and he trotted up fine - we [...]

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I travelled up to Newmarket late on Monday night with Mick and we checked into a hotel.  In the morning I went down to watch work with Pete.
Winker was out first lot.  He worked extremely well without seeming to extend himself - Pete thought it was there or thereabouts his nicest piece of work this [...]

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A brilliant hatrick for Lilac Moon.¬†¬†It shows¬†how much pleasure there is to be had in the lower reaches of the racing game¬†- it doesn’t all have to be about¬†shooting for the stars.¬†
Lilac’s hatrick can be put down to a whole host of things;¬†¬†High on¬†the list is her attitude to racing - puts it all in [...]

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Some interesting racing today, including a couple of runners for me.  Lilac Moon goes in the last at Newmarket and Pansy Potter in the 4:25 at Newbury.
Tom Dascombe runs a couple of likely types today, and they may both be worth following.  Blakfrankisch runs in the first at Newbury, and is ridden by Michaela Sowerby.  Michaela [...]

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The PAs at Betfair had an evening out at Windsor races on Monday night, and they had a £50 kitty for betting on the horses.  Chantelle, my PA, was responsible for investing the kitty, and she decided as follows;  £20 win Hip Hip Hooray, £10 E/W Acclaimed, £10 win Right Stuff.  They won at 14/1, [...]

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Horse Pics

Further disappointment with Skid Solo, but some encouragement for Pete as Exceptional Art won at Windsor in fine style.¬† It was good to see a Chapple-Hyam 2yo winning in the way they were winning last year.¬† Skid is¬†a really nice horse¬†on the gallops but he won’t do it on the course and it’s pretty frustrating.
I’ve [...]

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Skid Solo comes out today¬†trying to break his duck in¬†the first at Wolver.¬† We thought a lot of him at the start of the season but he’s been disappointing thus far.¬† To be fair most of Pete’s 2yos that have come out¬†have been disappointing this year, but he had a nice winner yesterday and maybe [...]

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The weather is currently scuppering my racing plans. 
We made the decision this morning not to supplement Winker at Deauville - the ground there is on the soft side and there is heavy rain forecast on Sunday.¬† These forecasts are extremely unreliable and it’s perfectly possible that Sunday could turn out to be a glorious summer’s [...]

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A quick one from me from the hotel computer.
It’s not easy checking out the racing from here as all betting related sites are blocked by the Italian regulator.¬† I can access the Racing Post site at least, where I can check out Bouguereau’s oppo.
Only six runners but no easy task on.  Boug is extremely well, [...]

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Lilac’s back

Lilac Moon runs in the 8:30 at Doncaster tonight. She is switching from polytrack to turf and also stepping up in trip, so we can’t be as confident as we were at Lingfield last time. However, if she does handle the change of surface and trip it will open up a lot more options for [...]

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Bert is sunning himself in Sardinia for the next couple of weeks but he is likely to have several runners while away and he asked me to keep blog readers informed.
First up is Pansy Potter who makes her debut in Windsor‚ā¨‚ĄĘs 7:20 this evening and will be looking to provide The Comic Strip Heroes (Bert, [...]

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Up and down betting at the moment.¬† Good bets on Addikt and Whispering Angel came in but I took a heavy loss on Royal Destination last night.¬† I missed an opportunity when Papradon, who had nearly reeled in Lilac Moon last time, won the first at Newmarket at a big price.¬† It’s a nice boost [...]

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Winker finally returned to action, but it was a disappointment.  He was seventh out of 16 in the Prix Jean Prat - a strong race, not disgraced but frankly I was hoping for a lot better.
There were excuses.  He lost a shoe coming out of the stalls - he subsequently lost 3 or 4 lengths [...]

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Strike two

An unbelievable day yesterday when Tom won the second 2yo group 2 with another incredibly cheap buy.  Firth of Fifth cost 5,000 Guineas - Classic Blade 19,000 Euros.  It is an incredible training feat, and great credit also to Richard Kingscote who rode so intelligently. 
I didn’t go yesterday - it seemed like a good time [...]

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A big day and I made arrangements to go to Newmarket - I decided to book a driver for the day.  I had a few errands to run in the morning and I headed off a bit late.  I slept most of the way there - when I have a driver I usually stay up late the [...]

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More hideous weather today - I’m told that we’re getting a month’s worth of rain today here in leafy Surrey.¬† I can believe it - it’s cats and dogs out there.
It wasn’t raining at Newmarket overnight and early morning, but the rain started an hour ago and it’s chucking it down now (11:40).¬† Rain is [...]

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The big day

I had an amazing day on Sunday when I went to the tennis.¬† I’d managed to convince myself that Nadal was a sure fire winner and I had a¬†big bet¬†on him.¬† As I sat down on Centre Court I was rather wishing I hadn’t had a bet at all, as it was such a big [...]

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Last week we took delivery of a climbing frame, although you wouldn’t have recognised it as such when it arrived.¬† There were six bags of tubular steel rods all drilled with holes, three bags of nuts, bolts and assorted fitments, a swing, a slide and a canvas “den”.¬† There were also a couple of alan [...]

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A good day yesterday with Lilac Moon winning in fine style.¬† In quality terms she’s not one of my leading lights, but she’s developed into a lovely looking horse and and I’m very fond of her.¬† She isn’t what I would consider broodmare quality, but I’m looking for a few cheaper mares to have on [...]

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I had a good day at Wimbledon with Jane and our two daughters.  In truth the girls were a bit too young to appreciate it and they got bored towards the end.  When Andy Murray went two sets down we decided to call it a day and head home.  Oh well.
I spent most of the morning [...]

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I’ve been busy this week working on something that I’ll publish some other time.¬† Kings Head was supposed to run on Friday but we pulled him out after the overnight rain.¬† Lord Snooty ran in the US last night coming third.
My first four bets of the week, all at decent prices, all came second - I [...]

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I can’t remember a¬†more enthralling day’s sport than yesterday’s fare.¬† In the afternoon I watched the key bits of Ivanovic/Dechy, including a point where at match point down Ivanovic slams a forehand into the top of the net and it hovers and drops over just on the right side for her.¬† You couldn’t write the [...]

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Skid and Scrapper

Having watched the first day on the telly I decided to get out of the house and go down to Ascot today.  I got into my posh gear and headed down fairly late - I missed the first race but I had a decent bet on the winner before I left.  I had Aqlaam down [...]

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… that is the question, and in my opinion the answer is a big yes.¬† Tariq runs in the Queen Anne, and gets the nap vote for the first day.¬† He’s in great form and he won at this meeting last year.¬† He’s progressive, he’ll be happy on the ground and the stable may finally [...]

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Unfortunately Winker now passes¬†Royal Ascot - the next opportunity may be the¬†Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly next month.¬† He worked on Wednesday with Al Qasi - he tired at the end of the gallop and blew the house down afterwards.¬† It’s frustrating as he’s not far off full fitness, but he wasn’t quite going to [...]

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Derby day finally came, although the rain I’d been hoping for didn’t.¬† It was a blow - I’d only kept Bouguereau in the race in the hope that the ground would come up on the soft side, but that wasn’t going to happen.¬† Still a great day out beckoned.¬† I got dressed in my fancy [...]

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Only a day away from a runner in the Derby, and although he’s a rank outsider I’m still pretty excited.¬† The rain didn’t come for me, but there’s still a fair bit forecast and it might be enough to turn the ground at the last minute.¬† Fingers crossed for a big run.
Thoughts on the big [...]

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Scrapper

I have a runner today in the 6:10 at Kempton - Scrapper Smith looks to make amends for his poor first run at Haydock last time. 
Scrapper was fancied that day, and in a fairly competitive looking heat he was backed in to favouritism.¬† It wasn’t the owners backing him - we were surprised to see the [...]

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Shepherd’s Warning was disappointing yesterday, but I’m not too worried.¬† She gets phased pretty easily, and we think that’s what happened yesterday - she’ll be back to her best in a small field going around a bend.
More rain today and more expected on Thursday.  Good going at Epsom is looking like a big outsider now [...]

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Jane and I had a fun evening out on Saturday when we went to the final of Britain’s got talent.¬† I had VIP seats (bought in a charity auction), which basically meant we were lumped in with the families of the contestants.
We arrived at the very small studio a short while before the start, and [...]

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Go Bougie go

I’ve been very busy this week with work - no time to bet and no time to blog.¬† Annoyingly I missed out on backing a horse I’d been waiting for for a long time - Zaskar trained by Tom Dascombe is a lovely filly with a real turn of foot, and she went in in [...]

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The Irish Guineas comes around, and Winker is still on the sidelines.¬† I’d love him to be taking them on, but he’ll have to wait a little longer.¬† On paper it’s a rematch between New Approach and HenrytheNavigator, but the Irish Guineas doesn’t always follow the script.
Last year the winners of the English Guineas, Cockney Rebel [...]

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Mortgage job

I’ve been ringing around this morning and I’m feeling a sense of optimism from some of my trainers.¬† Pete’s horses haven’t been going as well as usual, but I think they are picking up now.¬† Brian is starting to have a few winners, and Tom’s horses seem to be in decent shape.
I’ve decided to leave [...]

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Winker waits

We left Winker out of the Irish 2,000 today - he’s back in work but short of full fitness and it’s too soon for him.¬† He’ll probably go straight to Royal Ascot now.
It’s going to be a fairly quiet week runner wise.¬† Scrapper Smith may come out towards the end of the week and he’s [...]

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Lockinge day

No luck yesterday with King’s Head.¬† I spoke to Gary before the race - he thought the ground was slightly on the soft side of good rather than the fast side as I had originally thought.¬† KH will win again whan the going is fast.
One runner tonight - Parisian Gift goes at Doncaster.  We had [...]

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I had hoped for three runners today but I’m down to one after the two Maxes pulled out.¬† He’s a good one though - King’s Head runs at Aintree tonight, and if the rains stay away I see no reason why he won’t go in again.¬† He’s fit and well.
Nine days break isn’t a lot, [...]

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Stud duty

Jane and I had an excellent day out on Monday when we had a tour of a couple of stud farms in the Newbury area. 
We dropped the children off early¬†and I gave the dog a quick walk.¬† I’d ordered a driver for the day and we left home at around 9:30 - an hour later we [...]

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