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A good Monday morning canter

Monday, 30 July 2018

"The informality of family is a blessed condition that allows us to become our best while looking our worst."

Marge Kennedy.

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A Monday morning canter

We had a welcome drop of rain over the weekend and it is still a bit overcast this morning with showers forecast, but it looks like being a dry enough week ahead. It is amazing how this rain has turned the courses from good to firm, to soft in very quick time. It just goes to show how much water the Clerks of the Courses put on. The instructions are water to make it safe, not to change the ground, but obviously as everybody can see when it rains onto watered ground it quickly changes the going. Our normal roster of riders are all in and things are progressing nicely this morning. We have been doing a typical Monday canter on the polytracks Racecourse Side and with the temperatures like they are, it has been very pleasant.

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Belle Bayeux

It is the start of the Galway Festival today with a fantastic mixed meeting going on all week. This week will see the return from injury of Ruby Walsh, which will add to the lustre of the meeting. If you have never been to this festival, and I have said it before, make every effort. However, you will need plenty of stamina as the craic is mighty and it is imperative that you like Guinness and oysters.

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Melo Pearl and True Calling

It is our own festival this week with Goodwood starting tomorrow. Richard and I will once again be trying to give you the heads up on winners from our tipping competition. The one thing about Goodwood is that the groundsman is always truthful with his going reports and the ground will have a good cover of grass, which always helps. There will be full fields and this is another festival that people should try and attend at some stage. The problem, as I said last week, is that we have much too much racing and if you read Mark Johnson’s piece at the weekend, you will see that he agrees. In fact there are too many races for the horse population, especially for the top end, but saying that for armchair viewers, Goodwood and Galway will be a delight to behold.