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|Wednesday, 16 May 2012|
“A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.”
First lot coming up Warren Hill polytrack
A very sunny morning with just a nip in the air at first lot, but as the morning has gone on it has warmed up and is now an absolutely glorious day. As usual on a Wednesday, after we galloped the horses yesterday, everything has had an easy day with a small canter and a nice long walk with a pick of grass. All the horses have got great shines to their coats, completely different to last year when so many of them were very dull. This especially comes out when you see them standing picking grass in the sunshine.
Blimey O'Riley (Rhea) leading Red Hermes (Hannah) and Shomberg (Steve)
We have three runners today at Lingfield. Marvo runs in the first at 1:50, and what can you say about him that we have not said before? If the race is run to suit he certainly won’t be far away. Five Hearts is making her all-weather debut today as the ground is soft on the grass and I want to get some more experience into her. We are not drawn great at twelve but she usually breaks well and hopefully Ted can have her out and into a sensible position. Star Commander completes or trio at 5:05 and he carries top weight in this mile and five furlong handicap. He ran a sound race on his reappearance and he shouldn’t be too far away again today.
It’s the start of the York May meeting and it’s a big blow to me that I won’t be having a runner there until Friday. Both mine have been balloted out as I said yesterday but it will be great racing. The highlights today are the Duke of York Group Two which we have won in the past with Steenberg, and the Musidora Group Three which is a trial for The Oaks. Everybody makes an effort at York to look smart and the atmosphere will be tremendous.
Rayvin Black (Nikki)
There is an interesting article in the Racing Post today on the commercial issues within our industry. The Racecourse Association and The Horsemen's Group should be working together on issues but, as usual, a power struggle looks to be taking hold. Nobody knows what is actually happening behind the scenes but I had to smile at the last paragraph which quotes the RCA chairman as saying that the sport has been significantly backed up by an unprecedented contribution to prize money by the racecourses of £45 million. If it hadn't been for the tariffs would this have happened? I very much doubt it.
The string enjoying a pick of grass
Relaxing in her box