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Cheltenham Festival 2020

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It has been a good few days for watching some extraordinary performances on the flat and there was another at the Curragh yesterday as the Aiden O'Brien trained ex-Australian import So You Think completely outclassed the opposition to land the Group Three High Chaparral (which is a nice bit of publicity for the sire as he is by High Chaparral!).  He made the rest of the field look like a bunch of selling platers and picked up a cool £47,000 for what turned out to be no more than a racecourse gallop.  The five year old is one of the best middle distance horses ever to come out of Australia and looks as though he will strip even fitter next time out.  He looks to be some horse and is clearly a Group One performer.

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What about Frankel's amazing performance in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday?  It wasn't even the fact that he won by six lengths that has left everyone stunned, but more the manner of the victory.  I thought for a moment that jockey Tom Quealley had taken leave of his senses and had completely misjudged the pace - even his pacemaker couldn't get to the front as Frankel burnt his opponents off from the gate, recording sectional times more commonly reserved for top class sprints, what is more, he seemed to be idling in front and looked to pick up again when the opposition started to make some modest late gains.

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It is the Pucnhestown Festival this week and our lorry is setting off later today with a few runners to take on the Irish!  Mr Thriller is going to run in the novice's chase on Tuesday while also on the lorry are Battle Group, I'msingingtheblues, Street Entertainer and E Street Boy with their engagements yet to be finalised.  There could be some more runners going over as well so check back here for more new later in the week.  Friday already looks like being a very good card in prospect.  Hurricane Fly will aim to make it 11 wins from 13 starts over hurdles as he takes on Binocular.  I hope the Nicky Henderson trained Binocular is just back to his best form so we see a great race but I am just a little worried he seems to be a bit moody!  Neverthelesss we have a great weeks racing to look forward to and if you are able to make it over to the course it is definetely well worth a visit!

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All eyes today will be on the 3.10pm race at Newmarket.  The Henry Cecil trained Frankel puts his unbeaten record on the line again this afternoon in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas.  He has won all four starts in good style and even though he seems to be quite keen early in his races he still seems to have the gears to quicken up at the end of the race which is most impressive.  We do need another superstar horse for racing so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he wins this afternoon.  There are 13 runners in the race and they have won 27 races between them.  Fury from the Haggas yard is also unbeaten and so is Pathford coming over from Ireland.  It looks a fantastic race in prospect and I for one will be tuning in to watch it this afternoon!

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The Royal Wedding seems to have taken the world by storm, or at least every television programme!  At 7o'clock this morning I heard a gentleman talking about the dress and how quickly it would be replicated in the shops.  Am I the only one in this country that isn't really interested?!  Even the Racing Post have got in on the act, listing seven horses for coincidence backers...they have come up with Royal Wedding, Royal Hush, Royal And Ancient, Free Verse, Middleton Dene, Princely Hero and Kates Benefit!

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I see that Ascot attracted a crowd of 26,000 people for their free raceday yesterday.  Let's hope that some of those people that wouldn't normally attend enjoyed their day enough to return again and perhaps pay next time.  I bet the bars, restaurants and fast food counters did a great trade - I wonder how much money the team at Ascot lost conducting this experiment?  Regardless, I am sure that with so many people present there would have been a great atmosphere.

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We got off the mark for the season yesterday afternoon at Exeter with Lucy's Perfect.  Sixteen times champion jockey A P McCoy was aboard and he too was enjoying his first winner of the new campaign when making all aboard our five year old mare.  She never looked to be in any danger - she obviously stays very well and looks the type to follow-up while the ground is riding quite quick.  While Lucy's Perfect clearly enjoys the ground, others certainly didn't and consequently there were quite a few non-runners.

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