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The Craven meeting starts today

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

"It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense."

Robert G. Ingersoll.

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The stands on (L) The July Course and (R) The Rowley Mile

It's a bright but very cold morning with the temperature way down on yesterday, but there's no rain and none likely this week. The ground is called "Good, good to firm" on the Rowley Mile for the start of the Craven Meeting. We have kept to the polytracks all morning and everything has ticked over well.

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Back of the Flat

By all accounts the Lingfield bonanza on Good Friday was very well attended and there was competitive racing for the prize money. We were told there was only going to be one meeting on Good Friday but now there are three - how long before there are six? The other big disappointment was that the £100 a lead up for all stable staff working on Good Friday, which has been given for the last three years to all runners, was dropped. Whilst on the subject of perks for staff, why are they the only professionals on the racetrack who don't get offered any free food? Owners, trainers, jockeys, stewards, and officials all do, but the stable staff have to pay for their own.

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Gee Sixty Six

It's the first day of the Craven Meeting today and the first day of the major British classic trials. There will be plenty of bubbles burst and one or two blown up. Plus we have the Craven Breeze-Up Sale starting tonight at Tattersalls where I am sure there will be many huge bids for the choicest lots.

 

A serious virus in France

Monday, 17 April 2017

"Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals."

Charles M. Crowe.

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Stellekaya leading Astrojewel

It's a showery morning and quite cool. The forecast for the week is for it to be reasonably dry and to warm up. We have had a good morning with the horses doing what I call "Monday morning canters" on various polytracks this side of town. We are starting to get a few more staff now which is making life easier, but I still need a feeder and somebody to help travel the horses.

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Topapinion

It's the Irish Grand National today at Fairyhouse with nearly half the field owned by one owner. It will be a nightmare for the commentator with the same colours, but fourteen different hats. It should be well worth watching and let's hope one of the smaller trainers can grab the money.

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Astrosecret

I see there has been a viral outbreak in France at one of the big trainer's yards where the virus attacks the nervous system and has already claimed the lives of two horses. The outbreak is confined to one barn, which is quarantined, but he is still able to run horses from his two other sites. I just hope it doesn't spread further. There are many strange ailments in the world and with the transportation of horses from continent to continent, it is only a matter of time before a major outbreak will paralyse a country's racing fixtures.

 
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