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It looks like being a busy day with the stable having no fewer than nine runners this afternoon at Wincanton,  Haydock and Ascot.  It would be nice if Waterunder could score at Wincanton for his owners Wayne and Sarah Clifford who are sponsoring the race through their Bathwick Tyres brand.  They are wonderful supporters of racing in this country and deserve every success - they are sponsoring no fewer than seven races this afternoon at Wincanton and without support like this a number of racecourses would struggle.  My wife tells me she likes the sound of Waterunder and Water Garden from the stable this afternoon - who needs a form book?!  The ultra-consistent I'msingingtheblues takes his chance in the eight runner Grade One Betfair Chase and with prizemoney down to sixth place, let's hope that it's another good payday for this amazing Saturday horse.

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There is a great day of jump racing action ahead of us with top quality cards at Newbury and Sandown.  It's like London bus syndrome - you wait for ages to get some decent racing on and then two meetings come along at once (and on a Friday to boot!).  We have six runners at Newbury - I'm So Lucky, Presenting Ace, Taratata Sivola, Junior, Buena Vista and Gevrey Chambertin, while over at Ascot Diamond's Return, Dukes Art, Spirit Of Barbados and Bathwick Brave do duty for the yard.  It should certainly be an informative afternoon and I will be fascinated to see how Grand National favourite Junior gets on, this reappearance over hurdles should certainly sharpen him up, while Grands Crus' full brother Gevrey Chambertin won with plenty in hand on his racecourse debut last time at Ffos Las and it will be interesting to see how he gets on in a better race.

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We have been enjoying the slightly milder weather over the last few days and I am pleased to be able to bring you some nice photographs from the gallops.  Ante-post Grand National favourite Junior is pictured as he is put through his paces alongside decent ex-flat stayer and winning hurdler Ashbrittle.  Junior makes his long awaited seasonal reappearance in a handicap hurdle at Newbury tomorrow.  Also in action were The Pier and Painter Man, who both hold upcoming engagements - weather permitting of course!

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The long journey up to Ayr paid off yesterday as The Tracey Shuffle came home unchallenged to score a 31 length success in the maiden hurdle.  I thought he jumped well on the whole with a couple of exceptions in the home straight which I put down to the ground.  Afterwards there was a great interview on Racing UK with owner Sean Tracey who had been demonstrating exactly what The Tracey Shuffle is...one thing is clear, Sean is not a dancer!  Having said that, he spoke very well and certainly championed David's talents as a trainer - I think David definitely owes Sean a drink!

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We have just the one runner this afternoon and it is a long way up to Ayr with The Tracey Shuffle.  The owners live in Scotland so there will be plenty of support for our runner and hopefully they will all be celebrating a win for their six year old.  The horsebox left yesterday morning at 10am so the horse can have a good night's rest after all that travelling.

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The cold weather continues to take it's belated hold on the racing calendar and consequently there is just one meeting on this afternoon on the all-weather this afternoon at Wolverhampton.  Hopefully we will get some jumping tomorrow at Ayr - the Scottish track seeems to be fine at present and is the saviour for us National Hunt fans.  There is an inspection planned for 2pm this afternoon at Folkestone ahead of their meeting scheduled for tomorrow - apparently the track is covered in snow and frozen in places so it does not look too hopeful.

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It was with great sadness that we had to break the news that Bobby Ewing died yesterday.  He collapsed and died of a heart attack on the gallops while doing his normal routine exercise on Saturday morning.  Bobby held entries in the Champion and World Hurdles and although he had not run for the yard and had been off the track since 2009 we were eagerly awaiting his return at the Festival as he had been working extremely well and had been pleasing us at home.  He will be sadly missed by us all as he was a true gentleman and a pleasure to have in the yard and sadly we will never know how good he could have been. 

With the Cheltenham Festival coming up trainers want to get runs into their horses but they do not want to run them too close to the Festival itself as you have to allow the horses time to get over their races.  It is good to see that Newbury have rescheduled their meeting for Friday having lost the meeting yesterday and the trainers can get a proper race into some of their horses if they need to.  Lets just hope the weather allows it to take place and remember it is free entry into the track so make sure you have a day out!

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