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Our French trip has proved to be something of an eye-opener.  Yesterday we attended the reception at Deauville's Hotel Royal Barriere and before we even set foot inside the hotel, you could see what type of event it was going to be...parked outside was a brand new Ferrari, and what seemed like a fleet of Aston Martin's.  Inside there was a guest list that comprised just about anyone you could ever think of from the world of racing, including my great hero Lester Piggott.  This was of course a prelude to the Arqana August Yearling Sales, and I am sure that there is going to be some serious money changing hands over the coming days.

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Businessmoney Judi returned from a little break to score her third win over hurdles at Newton Abbot yesterday under a fine ride from Tom Scu.  Our mare seemed not to appreciate the rain softened ground at Aintree last time but preferred the drying conditions at Newton Abbot.  She took the lead at the third last hurdle and looked well in command coming to two out before jumping the penultimate flight violently to the left abd Tom scu did well to stay in the saddle.  He picked her up well as her closest pursuer Hes Our Lad came to challenge but Judi stuck to her task gamely an was just in command when the second horse unseated his rider at the final flight.  It was great for her owners Bob and Iris Lefory who were present at the track and also bred the mare as well.  

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Well, I feel like I have finally arrived...David Pipe's overseas corresponent - talk about racing journalism royalty!  I am currently over in France for a few days with friends enjoying a few days break and a bit of racing action - and I do literally feel like I have "finally" arrived...we took the overnight ferry and the sea was choppy to say the least!  It's just as well my long suffering wife remembered to pack my sea legs.  I don't like to rub things in, but while I understand it has been a little damp back home, we have been enjoying some glorious sunshine over here!

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It's the start of Newton Abbot's big two day festival this afternoon and it features the big handicap hurdle that David has farmed in recent years.  He has four runners in the race, including 2009 and 2010 winner Raslan, who bids for the hat-trick this afternoon, although he has a 10lbs higher mark to deal with.  Vertige Dore, who was robbed of a chase in the steward's room at Worcester last time reverts to hurdles, as does Laustra Bad who won a couple of handicaps at the backend of last season, and Bathwick Man who won at the track last time.  David certainly appears to have a strong hand in his bid to win the race for the fourth consecutive year (remember he also won it in 2008 with Indian Pipe Dream).

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After Blue Bunting won her third Group One race of the season, the Yorkshire Oaks yesterday, we were treated to the customary flying dismount from jockey Frankie Dettori.  However, Frankie didn't make his usual perfect landing and went down on his knees - the judges would only have given him a 4 out of 10 for that effort, and probably only a 2 for the face that he pulled!  It's all good fun, but you have to remember - you are getting older Frankie!

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I thought that Bathwick Quest posted a fair effort when finishing runner-up at Hereford yesterday evening under Tom Scudamore in the novices' handicap chase.  She jumped well and made a valiant attempt to make all the running but in the end finished second to Numen.  She could probably do with a little bit of help from the handicapper, although having said that, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the winner follow-up under a penalty before the assessor gets a chance to revise his rating.

Talking of Tom Scu, he spoke with Mike Vince at our recent Garden Party and you can hear of his hopes for the coming season by coming back here tomorrow.

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Several cars were damaged at Bath racecourse recently.  Some of the punters that had decided to have a few pints and leave their cars behind came back to find their vehicles dented...they obviously didn't realise that when there is no racing on, the track is part of Lansdowne Golf Course - no prizes for guessing what caused the dents!  I once had a ball go through my windscreen whilst playing at Stover Golf Club - when I complained, I was made to feel like the guilty party as the Steward informed me that the member wasn't too happy as he had to take a penalty drop!

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