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The jumping boys will be back in action this Sunday at Plumpton and Uttoxeter after their ten day break.  The yard has entries at both meetings and I am looking forward to a few runners - it has only been ten days but it seems a lot longer than that to me.  I used to enjoy it back in the day when they had the summer break before resuming racing at Newton Abbot in August.  All of the jockeys would stay at the Palace Hotel in Torquay...I bet Francome and Smith-Eccles could tell a few stories about that hotel!

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I notice that in today's Racing Post The Dikler is talking about a French race called the Prix Weather Permitting.  He then goes on to say that Weather Permitting was a point to pointer in the West Country and on 17th May 1795, sorry I mean 1975 at Bishopsleigh in Devon he won a point to point to give a young (30 year old amateur) his one and only success in the saddle.  It was of course MCP, but what the Dikler doesn't mention is that I don't think the rest of the field could have been trying too hard for Martin to win...or at least that's what I tell anyone who will listen!  At the height of his training career Martin would probably have managed to get Weather Permitting to win a Champion Hurdle!

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I can't wait for there to be a bit of jumping back on the television, but in the meantime we have declared a couple of runners on the level for Newbury on Friday.  Togiak has been declared for the 1m1f conditions stakes and I managed to get a picture of him completing his build-up on the gallops - we have also declared Shallow Bay ahead of his debut for the yard and he will be ridden by title chasing Kieren Fallon.  While I was on the gallops I was also able to get a shot of exciting ex-French recruit Top Wood - he showed some decent form in the French provinces and looks a nice prospect.

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And we wonder why we struggle to get people to go racing?...Yesterday marks another wonderful example of racing's inability to deal with the general public (and potential regular racegoers).  Unfortunately owing to high winds the card at Musselburgh had to be abandoned after just one race (or 12% of the card) - did the racegoers get a full refund?  Of course they didn't, in fact they were reimbursed only half the entrance fee!  I know that there are plenty of expenses incurred to put on a race meeting, but why should the public foot the bill for it?  If I were a first time punter that had to cough up that sort of money to see one race, I would certainly think twice before attending again...come on Musselburgh, do the decent thing!

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Watching the football, I didn't think that Bolton played that badly on Saturday, yet were still thrashed 5-0 by Manchester United.  Rooney (with his new syrup of figs) was outstanding and scored an amazing hat-trick...if it makes you perform like that everyone should get a new syrup!  I can just see United fan Tony Lomas jumping up and down with his rattle every five minutes - I bet the people in the next seats are getting fed up with him!  It looks like only Manchester City can give them a game this season.

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I see owner Andy Stewart had to make an emergency landing in his helicopter on the way to Paul Nicholls' Open Day last weekend.  They landed in a field near Portsmouth due to thick fog.  We have had to do that a few times in the chopper over the years.  A quick story.  One day we were flying and a new pilot to us casually said over the radio mic, does anyone know where I am?  Not the sort of thing you want to hear from someone flying a helicopter!  In fact, I told him we were flying along Chisel beach.  I said keep going and we will come to Exmouth and then follow the river to the M5, follow that and then will come to Pond House.  True story!  I did buy him a map!

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I watched the Doncaster Cup yesterday and I am not sure Frankie Dettori will like watching the replay.  He looked like he was always going to win until the last few strides.  I think Frankie was playing at jockeymanship but he got caught out by the strong finish of Saddler's Rock.  The three year old was getting 17 pounds as well.  I don't like it when Matt Chapman agrees with me but maybe Frankie should have kicked earlier?

There was a nasty incident at Sandown yesterday when Stratton Banker got trapped under the stalls and lay still for quite a while.  It did not look too good but thankfully he eventually came out through the backof the stalls and got the biggest cheer of the day when he got up.  Jockey William Carson trotted him up and all appeared well which was great news.

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