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Topalova and Astromerry run today

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

"In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are."

Arnold Glasgow.


Tim legging up on Quanah

It's an overcast morning but still quite warm. The good thing is that we have a full complement of staff and everybody is working well. Southfields Round and Hamilton Hill have been the cantering grounds this morning and so far so good.



We have two runners today both at Lingfield. Topalova is our first runner at 3.30 in the two mile handicap. The ground will be a bit firm for her I think, but she will stay this trip and I am just hopeful of a good run today. Our other runner is Astromerry who makes her debut in the six furlong two year old race. I'm not sure about the ground for her either, but she has been showing ability at home and this outing will do her the world of good.


Melo Pearl

I don't know about you but I can't understand what is going on with the television rights and what all the racecourses are thinking. Ascot has just signed up with Sky which to me means that ITV will be upset especially considering what a good job they have just done at the recent Royal Meeting. It also means that Ascot will be shown on pay TV rather than free-to-air. I have always been of the opinion that any sport wants to be on free-to-air TV if it is to maintain it's appeal. We seem constantly to have all aspects of our industry pulling in different directions.


It's a cooler morning

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

"Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers, but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms."

Ikkyu Sojun.

Garrison Law leading Roof Garden

Astromerry doing a pipe opener 

It’s slightly cooler today and much more overcast, in fact we did have 30 seconds of very gentle rain, but the forecast is for it to get warmer again as the week goes on. We have a good complement of staff in, including a new one, so have been getting on well with the exercise this morning. Southfields Round and the Rubbing House polytrack have been the two exercise areas.

On Southfields Round third lot

England doing well in the World Cup has certainly caused a stir. Sporting events, such as Wimbledon, have taken a hit when the matches are on. I see tomorrow’s fixtures, and if they progress to the final on Sunday, will all be adjusted so that everybody can watch the football. Quite right too in my opinion and let’s hope the team can do it. There is nothing like success to brighten everybody’s world and our nation could definitely do with some at present.

Walking back home


It was very sad to hear of John Dunlop’s death at the weekend. He was a most brilliant trainer and both he and his wife have been very kind to me over the years. Our condolences go to both Ed and Harry, two sons who have done tremendously well in the training profession, and to his wife Sue.


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