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We have one runner today at Newcastle

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

"I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that."

Lauren Bacall.

Velvet Voice and Velvet Vision at first lot

It was another wet night but the temperature certainly didn’t drop and there is no wind. We are having a busy morning in the yard as we have a couple of people away at the races but everybody is working really well. First lot went to the Cambridge Road and the rest have stayed on the polytracks closer to home. It would be nice to get on the turf as it is all starting to open up now, but with the amount of rain we have had lately it is very much still on the soft side and the artificial surfaces are much safer at present.

Cantering up Hamilton Hill

We have one runner today. Indian Red runs in the first race at the evening meeting tonight at Newcastle. He ran well to finish third there earlier in the year and he must have another chance of performing with credit tonight. Paul Mulrennan takes the ride.

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(L) TTMAB and (R) Garrison Law

It is the first day of Cheltenham today and the ground is going to be the main factor all week. It will certainly be testing and let’s hope the jockeys and horses all come back safe and that there is no whip abuse at it always looks very unedifying, especially when the ground is heavy. Horses should be pulled up much quicker if they are out of contention in my opinion. I am sure the stewards will be giving these instructions to the jockeys and the best four days of jump racing anywhere in the world, should be a great success.

Our tipping competition starts today to a level £10 win on every race. I hope we can point you in the direction of a few winners.


1.30  Getabird   2.10  Footpad   2.50  Vintage Cloud’s   3.30  Buveur D’Air   4.10  Apple’s Jade   4.50  No Comment   5.30  Any Second Now


1.30  Kalashnikov     2.10  Saint Calvados     2.50  Yala Enki     3.30  Buveur D’Air     4.10  Apple’s Jade     4.50  Duel At Dawn     5.30  Mister Whitaker


Two new foals were born last night

Monday, 12 March 2018

"Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows."

David T. Wolf.

On Hamilton Hill

We had another wet weekend and there are bands of rain forecast during the coming week. It’s much warmer though and there is little wind. All the horses are getting out and having a good exercise with everybody working well. We could still do with another rider or two but there are a couple in the pipeline. It would be great to have a settled team for a few months.

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Tim with Astrosparkle

Our runner at the weekend was disappointing and the less said about my thoughts on it the better. Needless to say there is always another day but good runners and winners is what everybody wants and with the turf season not far off, we could just do with a few good results. The horses all look pictures and are in good form. No problems heath wise so a slice of luck with good draws would certainly help. We will be having very few runners this week but Indian Red will run tomorrow at Newcastle. Paul Mulrennan rides. Don’t forget its Cheltenham this week with heavy ground forecast. I am not too sure how the clerk of the course is going to get good in the description but he will probably put heavy, soft patches could become good next week. I can’t wait.

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(L) Filly by Casamento ex Trew Class (R) Colt by Archipenko ex Cushat Law

We had two new foals last night, both within 20 minutes of each other so it was all hands to the deck in a frazzled hour or so. Both foaling’s went well and although one needs some careful observation for a day or so everything has gone like clockwork. Max and Malcolm Franklin, who don’t live too far away, got there in time to see their colt born. It is an amazing experience and nature is a most marvellous thing.


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