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The stable had a good day yesterday afternoon at Exeter with a couple of winners and a second from our three runners.  I know that it was only a three runner race and he was aboard the 1/9 favourite, but I still thought that young amateur jockey Tom Bellamy gave Soulard a good front running ride.  Take it from me, it is not as easy as it looks to get the fractions right and he didn't panic when one came to him early in the straight - the fact that he was able to pull away again comfortably between the last two showed that he judged it nicely.  Tom already looks more stylish than his father (former jockey and clerk of the course at Towcester) Robert Bellamy.

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The stable has three runners at Exeter this afternoon, Soulard, Shallow Bay and My Brother Sylvest.  With the uncharacteristic dry weather that we have been having, the ground is pretty quick and consequently there are no big fields.  Even so, we have had a little overnight rain and another shower or two this morning so hopefully that should have just eased the ground a little.

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What a great weekend of horse racing action and what another incredible perforamance from Frankel to win the QEII at Ascot.  It was some training performance from Henry Cecil to keep this colt producing these sensational performances despite having been on the go since his seasonal debut back in April.  A friend of mine went to the meeting and said that he has never heard the crowd so animated (even before the big races).  The general consensus among the experts is that Frankel is quite possibly the greatest miler that they have ever seen, personally I always wonder why people want him to try further - the best miler of all time would be good enough for me!  He is now finished for the season, but the good news is that he looks likely to be kept in training for next year.

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Qulinton ran a cracker at Cheltenham yesterday to finish second in the Pertemps qualifier to the 13/8 favourite Paint the Clouds. He was giving the in form winner five pounds and he certainly looks capable of winning over hurdles on this evidence.  Our other two runners Raslan and Buena Vista were towards the back of the field but I am pleased to report that all of the horses have come out of the race well and are in fine form this morning.  In the rest of yesterdays action I thought Sizing Symphony looks a fair novice hudler.  He won the first race on the card over 2m5f with a bit in hand and he obviously likes the better ground and although the trainer said he may have one more run before a winter break he could be one to follow when he returns to action in the spring.

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Sadly the yard did not manage a winner yesterday afternoon at Wincanton, instead having to settle for three third places.  The blinkers did not seem to do much to aid Tigger who has been running consistently without getting his head in front - he looks likely to win a little race although only he will know when.  Bathwick Scanno did not jump with his usual fluency, while Rainy Champion ran a nice race under amateur Mikey Ennis and looks more than capable of winning a race of this nature.

We move on to Cheltenham this afternoon where we will have three runners in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Qualifier, Qulinton, Raslan and the amazing Buena Vista who has won the last two finals of this contest at the Festival in March.

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With the latest jumps racing fiasco yesterday at Wetherby it is no good blaming everyone.  Lets simply try and improve racing.  We want it to be the best it can be.

I only know a few facts that I read in the paper concerning the yellow flag debarcle and the void race but this is what I understand from what happened.

  • The clerk of the course communicated with the head groundsman when the incident occurred but he did not get an answer.
  • The head groundsman had not heard anything and acted.

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It is the first meeting of the season at Wincanton today and David saddles four runners.  Tigger kicks off the afternoon in the opening race and although he has been very consistent he has not managed ot get his head in front.  It is hoped the fittng on the blinkers this afternoon can bring about that extra bit of improvement.  Surfboard was a little disappointing at Exeter over fences last week but the drop back in trip might help this afternoon with Tom Scu in the saddle.  Two of our amateur's also get another chance this afternoon with Tom Bellamy and Mikey Ennis having there second rides for the yard.  Both have ridden plenty of point to point winners however and both claim a very valuable seven pounds.  They are riding Bathwick Scanno (3.20pm race) and Rainy Champion (4.50pm race) respectively.  It is quite foggy back at the yard today but below is a photo of Peut Etre Sivola and Sure Josie Sure on the gallops which I took recently when we could see a bit more!
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           Peut Etre Sivola & Sure Josie Sure

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