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It's the first Newmarket breeze-up today

Monday, 16 April 2018

"He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Cantering on Hamilton Hill

It’s a breezy mixed morning with plenty of clouds, but also patches of blue. The temperature has certainly improved and if the forecasters are to be believed, we are in for a dry week, which will certainly be welcome. A busy morning with the horses and a few visitors arrived to see theirs cantering at second lot. We have a full complement of riders so we have been able to get on well. It will be busy week with a few horses going through the stalls and some seeing a few flights of hurdles. All has gone well so far.

Topalova and Velvet Vision

Saint Anthony missed the break at Kempton and was always playing catch up afterwards. He wasn’t disgraced though in what wasn’t a strong race and we will be going up in distance from now on. He will have learnt a bit from the race and we will have to see how he progresses. Rum Ration ran as I expected. The track didn’t really suit him and once we get on a turf staying track over a bit further, he will be winning. Both these horses will make ideal three-year-old hurdlers and they will be seeing eight flights as soon as possible. We will be short of runners this week as the season has not really got into full swing. It is the Craven meeting here starting tomorrow where everybody will be running their best horses and as usual a lot of bubbles will be burst. It is also the first of the Newmarket breeze-up sales and all the horses will be breezing on the water gallop this morning. There will be some big price sales I am sure, but it will be very easy to buy in the middle to lower ranges.

Quanah on his way to the washdown box

It was an exciting National once again with the winner just hanging on for dear life in the dying strides. There were plenty of bad luck stories as normal and only a couple of injuries to the jockeys and one horse under the vet, although I understand he will be returning back to his yard very soon. As I said on Saturday about our tipping competition that nothing  was over until the cock had crowed, proved that in no uncertain terms. I was well beaten until the last race where the last hurdle caught out two, leaving mine clear to win and finish top of the pile. It was an amazing feat after three days that both Richard and ,I to a level £10 win bet and a fiver each way in the National, came out as close as we did. After the three days I was plus £36.25 and Richard was only minus £15, which to my mind is pretty good going. Roll on Royal Ascot.