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|Friday, 18 May 2012|
“Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.”
My Guardian Angel leads Chankillo, Barwick and Eanans Bay
It's a slightly overcast morning in Newmarket today but pleasant enough. Everything has gone smoothly so far, with the horses doing a couple of canters up Warren Hill and no dramas.
We have two runners today - both were bred at our Dullingham Park Stud and are very promising three-year-olds so we are hoping for a bold show from each of them.
Dazinski (Steve) Smokey Oakey (Nikki)
Toptempo runs in the mile-and-a-half fillies' maiden here at Newmarket, the 4.30. She has taken a long time to come to herself this year, given the wet weather we have had, and I have been waiting for some better ground for her. She is not quite fully wound up but is sure to run a sound race.
After Rayvin Black's run in the Craven we instantly realised he needed farther and expect him to develop into a nice staying horse later on. He also tackles a mile-and-a-half today in the handicap at York (4.45) and has top weight after his clear-cut maiden win at Yarmouth last year. The track and ground should suit him today but there are one or two unexposed horses in the race which could be big improvers. As I have said before, this is one of my favourite meetings of the year and I was disappointed that the two horses we declared to run on Wednesday and yesterday did not make the cut. Rayvin Black has a sound each way chance today, though.
Mystery Star (Lauren)
At Salisbury yesterday Comrade Bond again went too quickly early on for his own good and clearly did not get home up the hill. He really needs to be held up. However he is taking his enthusiastic syndicate owners to some delightful parts of the country and they continue to get a lot of fun out of the horse. His winning turn will come again.
The Guv'nor with Shomberg (Steve)
Pictured on Side Hill the other day
"These days it's all technology" I said yesterday, commenting on the long-gone delights of old-fashioned betting shops, so it was interesting to see in the Racing Post today that Paddy Power's mobile phone betting turnover is soaring. It has grown so much over the past three years that they are calling it a phenomenon. I still think many people probably regret the passing of the more personal touch they enjoyed in days gone by though, when racing was something to look forward to and was not swamped in the shops by dawn to dusk betting on the dogs, boring foreign racing, silly fantasy racing, fruit machines and all the rest. But good luck to Paddy Power who have led the way for the betting industry in recent years with their innovations and promotions. It's all been good news for the punter, even though the racing industry itself hasn't seen much benefit yet!