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The Rubbing House and Hamilton Hill polys were used today

Thursday, 15 June 2017

"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love."

Albert Einstein.

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Bracken Brae on the Rubbing House polytrack

Before we start the normal blog I would just like to say how terrible it was to watch the fire in London yesterday morning and send our condolences to the family and friends of everybody who died. It seems a never ending battle at the moment, whether it is terrorists or this awful fire, and let’s hope things can change for the country and everybody can pull together for a much better future.

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Rum Ration and Saint Anthony at first lot

It’s a very warm day with no breeze whatsoever and we are getting the horses in and out before the sun gets too high in the sky. The morning has been interrupted by a delivery of hay, which has needed to be put away, and all the lads have been helping with that in between lots. I have kept the horses very close to home, either on the Rubbing House polytrack or the Hamilton Hill polytrack. All has gone well and we have had Gabriele riding out a couple of lots as well. He got a bit of tuition this morning on how to ride, which hand to keep his whip in and to try to keep hold of it and not throw it away like he did at Yarmouth yesterday.

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Four Fifty Three, Roof Garden and TTMAB

Hold Firm didn’t get the best of rides yesterday. I don’t think he would have beaten the winner in that form, but should have finished second. He never runs a bad race, always tries his hardest and there will be more races to be won with him yet. Astroshadow ran in snatches yesterday and looks like she wants a long way. She will now be handicapped but that will be very low and we may struggle to find a race for her in the near future. 

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(L) Astrojewel leading Koin and (R) Astrobreeze leading Astrofire

It was pleasing to see the challenge on the point of consumption tax failed in the Court of Justice of the EU yesterday. This challenge came from the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association. It is just another small victory, but the battle is still not over. There are quite a few things that will continue to roll on and the finances of our industry could get pretty tight before finally settling down.

I see Tracey Crouch has been reappointed as Minister for Sport. It will be very interesting to see what happens with the gaming machines in the betting shops and what she reduces the minimum play to as the bookmakers are now very dependent on these machines to keep the shops running.

 

We have two runners today

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

"Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals"

Charles Baudelaire.

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Astrobreeze, Astrojewel and Koin

It is a very similar day to yesterday, although I think it will be much warmer in a few hours. We have kept all the horses close to home this morning, with a good walk and trot exercise and easy canter, then a wash down, followed by a pick of grass in the sunshine. Everything has gone reasonably smoothly, although as usual in a racing yard, which I always compare to a school playground, there are a couple of minor issues with the horses.

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Ness Of Brodgar, Astrofire and True Calling

Honey Blossom behaved well yesterday and only started to get the idea at the end. She will improve considerably for an increase in trip and the experience will have brought her on no end. Clearance went in the stalls and did exactly as his half-brother did on his debut, finished at the back, but he was rather thrown in at the deep end for his first run, being firm ground, too short for him and the course is like a helter skelter. He can only improve and will be out again shortly.

We have two runners today. Old favourite Hold Firm runs in the last at Yarmouth, the one mile apprentice race. He is in good form, Gabriele gets on well with him and he is sure to be involved at some stage. Astroshadow has her third run this evening at Kempton in the 7.10. There are quite a few upmarket horses in this once again and I think a similar fate awaits her tonight. She will be handicapped after this run and I have seen enough at home to think we could be competitive once we are in the right grade, but with this type of horse, who was not bought at auction and has a high median price, it is very hard to find sensible races for her at this time in her career.

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Saint Anthony and Roof Garden cantering up Hamilton Hill

It is great to see that Mick Easterby’s old coat made £500, which is going to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a charity which is regularly supported by the racing industry. York Racecourse were the lucky buyers and the coat will be displayed somewhere on the track. Mick is a character of characters and let’s hope he can bring himself to spend some money on a new coat, but knowing him he will get someone to give him one.

 
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