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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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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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I’ve had jumpers running over the last few days with no luck¬† In truth it’s been a pretty disappointing jumps season -¬† some fairly expensive purchases have run poorly, the only real¬†high point having been Mon Michel winning a few months ago.¬† I’m pretty happy with what I have for the flat this year though [...]

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Max One Two Three did an important piece of work this morning, and was scoped afterwards.  She worked really nicely and scoped clean - we are now bang on for the 1,000.  She will have one more piece of work early next week and that will be it.  She is a very decent filly with a [...]

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It’s a big time of year as an owner, and there are highs and lows.¬† Aintree was ultimately a real mix, and there was a lot of good and bad on¬†Saturday.¬† I didn’t go up as I was at AFC Wimbledon for a match that my wider family were sponsoring in memory of¬†my¬†great uncle, who [...]

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Back from a long week at Cheltenham and a lot to catch up on.
Mon Michel didn’t run his race.¬† He needs to come off a strong pace and there was no pace on early.¬† He needs half decent ground and he didn’t get it.¬† The horse is fine and he’ll be winning again soon.¬† I [...]

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Moving on

I’ve finally got myself sorted with a reliable internet connection, and I can get back to my blogging.¬† It’s been a busy week.
Last week I finally moved into my farm - 330 acres in the rolling Surrey countryside.  Four woods making 55 acres, one decent sized lake, six ponds and a little brook running through the middle.  They [...]

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Paul Cole thinks Ollie Fliptrik will run ok but is an unlikely winner.¬† Nick is positive about Ours - he’s fine in himself,¬†he should get through the testing ground and we’re looking for a big run.¬† Nick has two others today which will run ok and although either could win I don’t¬†advise backing them.
Mon Michel [...]

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I weighed myself yesterday morning, and only two days into my diet I was down 7lb at 18st3.  The gastroenteritis diet really works!  Sadly this morning, my stomach having recovered, I was back up to 18st6 - still 4lb down but not the miracle I was looking for. 
On the subject of weight it was interesting to [...]

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A new year dawns, and it’s going to be a very different one for me away from Betfair for the first time in over eight years.¬† I’m struggling to find things to do at the moment, which is very different from having¬†loads to do but not doing it.
One thing I can do is concentrate on [...]

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Phew.¬† I decided that having not backed Shepherd’s Warning last time I’d have a proper go at her this time.¬† She got home and she wasn’t claimed - a win double.¬† The RP marked the run at 65, 3lb below her last run, commenting that she was “not exactly progressive”.¬† Richard Kingscote told us that [...]

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Ugh.¬† This season is going from bad to worse -¬†it’s the fourth time I’ve decided to have a big bet on a horse the day before the race only to change my mind on the day and then see it win (others were Osana, Twist Magic, Denman).¬† I think I suffer from having too much [...]

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A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL
It’s been a fairly low key Christmas for me this¬†year in as far as¬†Christmas with four small children can be.¬† My side of the family come round tomorrow - 18 of them with 11 children, which¬†may get a little noisy.¬†
I’ve been to church a couple of times this year, [...]

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Day 2 of life outside of Betfair, and already bored and depressed -¬†after years of being institutionalised within Betfair I feel lost and alone, like Brooks in the Shawshank Redemption.¬† I’m contemplating carving my name on a rafter in my office and hanging myself with my Betfair tie.¬† Goodbye cruel world.
But there’s no great rush¬†as [...]

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At last!!¬† I’ve been saying for a long time that Mon Michel is a decent result waiting to happen, and it’s gratifying to finally have a decent win to prove the case.¬† I thought he ran an excellent race, finding just a little extra at the end when asked, which is something he hasn’t really [...]

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My Way or the highway

A great day’s racing today¬†with a lot of questions¬†to be answered.
The feature race of the day is the Betfair Chase at Haydock - I was going to go up but it’s difficult with the children.¬† Kauto Star looks to repeat his victory from last year, and is odds on at the moment.¬† I have him [...]

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England expects

Apologies for the aftertiming, but what was McClaren playing at last night?¬† I’m no expert on football, but yesterday’s game was the most important and high pressure game played in England for years -¬†on occasions like this experience carries a lot of weight and youthful exuberance very little.¬† I spent most of yesterday puzzling why [...]

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I had trouble accessing the blog over the weekend and wasn’t able to post.¬† This was probably a good thing¬†as I gave Mon Michel a squeak in his pipe opener - he ran vaigly ok, finishing in mid division having tired on the ground and through the odd mistake.¬† We’ll be aiming him at the [...]

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A long day yesterday.¬† It’s been a while since I’ve made it to the racecourse so I decided to take a day out - it isn’t a disaster for me work wise as I can work from home in the morning and I always get a lot done on my Blackberry¬†when I take the train.¬† [...]

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Long distance treble

Three runners today, which is a first for me.¬† Ours makes his debut in the 1:55 at Chepstow - he wasn’t a cheap purchase but 2 mile hurdles are not going to be his game.¬† Nick doesn’t have a clear view on how he will run as he’s working well some times and not so [...]

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I’m pretty much done for the flat season now and looking to the jumpers.¬† Mon Michel was down to run tomorrow, but he doesn’t stand his ground after working moderately midweek - we think he’s ok but just needs a little more time.¬† My first runner of the jumps season proper will probably be Ours [...]

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I visited Nick Gifford‚ā¨‚ĄĘs yard in Findon on Wednesday morning to catch up with news of the four horses owned by the Core Strength syndicate of which Bert forms a third. The horses are all five year old geldings who were selected with a long term perspective and there has been little racecourse action from [...]

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Ours

Trainer: NICK GIFFORD

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