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Frosted Grape is David's only runner at Uttoxeter this evening and she runs in the 9.20pm race.  I could be alseep by then!  It is rather late but I do enjoy watching these evening meetings and our five year old mare has ran okay so far this season and we have champ A P McCoy in the saddle so fingers crossed she will run well.  As I mentioned over the weekend I have been out with the camera taking a few snap shots on the gallops, so click on read more to have a look.

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What a joke the heavyweight title fight was - David Haye was given a real hiding by Wladimir Klitschko and then complained about his performance being affected by a broken toe...it wasn't even his big toe!  I remember Peter Scudamore riding with a broken bone in his wrist and you hear of other jockeys riding with broken collar bones, yet David Haye blames a broken little toe for his dismal failure - it's hard to believe.  Where was the Hayemaker?  It was more like a hay maker - sorry if that is a bit corny for you!

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Great sporting achievements.  Talking about great sporting achievements,what about American golfer Erik Compton.  He won the Mexico Open, shooting a seven under par 65 in the final round only three years after his second heart transplant.  Now I think that takes some beating.  Remaining on the topic of golf I see that Tiger Woods does not seem to be getting any better from his injuries and it looks like he will need a miracle to now beat Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 Majors.  I saw that Jack was actually over watching Wimbledon last week.  It is very hard to come back from serious injury, as the William's sisters proved in the tennis. 

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It was great for David to have a winner on the flat yesterday at Sandown with Beyond who was making his Pond House debut.  He was having his first run on the turf having previously being twice a winner on the all-weather for Jeremy Noseda.  He was also twice a winner over hurdles last season and he is a lovely four year old who I am sure will win many more races both over obstacles and on the flat.  He was always in a prominent position in the race under Robert Havlin and came up the Sandown hill well to win nicely under a great ride.  

Beyond_SandownBeyond at Sandown

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What an amazing couple of days it has been for owner Eddie Rice.  His Bold Perk won with a ton in hand yesterday afternoon at Perth and was recording his second success at the Scotland track in as many days.  He won in good style over fences on Thursday and followed-up in even more facile fashion yesterday when returned to hurdles - the step up in trip really seemed to play to his strengths and he never looked in any kind of danger as he recorded his third victory within a fortnight under conditional jockey Conor O'Farrell.  Young Conor seems to be getting better with every ride, although in fairness I reckon he would have still gone close with me in the saddle!

 

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Bold Perk continued his fine run of form since joining the Pond House team by winning his second chase within the space of ten days.  He didn't always seem to be travelling that comfortably, but in the end he won by a comfortable fifteen lengths under young Conor O'Farrell.  He is entered again for this afternoon (this time over hurdles) and the step up to 3m1/2f should suit him.  If he is none the worse for yesterday's exertions he should have an excellent chance of going in again.

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Yesterday was a busy afternoon for David at the first day of the sales at Saint Cloud in France when he was the successful bidder on three lots including a three year old full brother to Grands Crus called Gevrey Chambertin.  He was also quick to snap-up Taratata Sivola who finished a close second in an Auteuil handicap chase a couple of weeks ago, as well as Bladoun, an untried three year old son of Smadoun.  With over another two hundred lots to go through the ring this afternoon there could be a fair contingent on their way back across the Channel to Pond House.

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