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It's a shame that Madonna will not be riding in the charity race at Goodwood next week - what a great attraction she would have been to racegoers.  Eventer Daisy Trayford had been coaching the material girl but will now ride in her place owing to Madonna's other commitments.  The thing that amazes me is that you have this potentially huge draw for racing, and most people in the industry didn't know anything about it!  Emma Spencer will be competing in the same event and she looks like by far the most capable jockey in the field.  It's all in a good cause (Great Ormonde Street Hostpital in Lodon) so hopefully they will get a good response.

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Happy Birthday to two of our owners, Gino Paletta and Wayne Clifford.  According to the Racing Post Gino is 54 - I'm not sure if that is English time or Italian time!  Anyway, Gino kindly looks after myself and David when we stay for the Grand National meeting at Aintree and I do mean looks after us.  He is married to an angel called Jeanette (and she must be to put up with Gino)!  Happy birthday Gino...54 - who are you kidding?!  Our stable sponsor, Wayne of Bathwick Tyres also celebrates his birthday today and it would be great if Bathwick Man could give him a birthday winner at Uttoxeter today.    Wayne is a normal person and very sensible...

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***Kilshanna - Non runner 2.50pm Worcester***

I think that Jimmy Lindley is being a little harsh when he says that apart from Frankie Dettori, Ryan Moore and Richard Hughes, we have the worst crop of jockeys that there has ever been.  I am sure that current champion Paul Hanagan would be none too pleased to hear that...I also happen to believe that Kieren Fallon can still ride a bit.  Could it be that Jimmy is living in the past?  I often find myself waxing lyrical to my son Lester about footballers like Pele and the West Ham players who won England the World Cup (!), Bobby Moore, Hurst and Peters - of course, today's footballers are every bit as good - they are fitter and look after themselves better (when they are not hanging out in night clubs)!

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I see that it is Hadden Frost's 21st birthday today.  Hadden is a lovely lad and a really good jockey to boot, but I cannot help but think that he should have instead turned his attention to rally driving instead (Johnny Farrelly could be his navigator).  I will never forget the day the pair of them took us home from the races at Cheltenham - it was the scariest experience that I ever had...one of them was at the wheel eating a steak and kidney pie while holding a cup of coffee in his other hand whilst driving at high speed only a few feet behind the car in front.  The other was in command of the horn as they were beeping for the other unsuspecting road users to get out of the way!  Anyway, many happy returns Hadden...I can't quite believe that you have made it this far!

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What a great day for the yard on Saturday with Qulinton winning the Listed Summer Plate Chase at Market Rasen.  Our seven year old won by nineteen lengths and now looks as though he will be heading for the Galway Plate, for which he is as short as 8/1.  His owners are real racing enthusiasts, so the Irish had better be prepared as there will be some celebration over there were he to follow-up!  I know I keep singing the praises of our young conditional jockey Conor O'Farrell, but he is looking more the finshed article every time I see him ride.

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I can't wait until Goodwood starts on Tuesday - let's hope that the weather will be as glorious as the racing!  I love watching high class flat horses in action in all the top races, and they don't come much higher class than Frankel or Canford Cliffs who do battle in the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday.  I wonder what tactics will be used aboard Henry Cecil's star three year old and which jockey will commit for home first?  It will certainly be cat and mouse between the big two, but I would imagine that Frankel will try to run the finish out of Canford Cliffs - still, not long now!

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There is some great quality jumping action from Market Rasen this afternoon and we have runners in both of their highlight races.  David's Punchestown winner Street Entertainer carries top weight in the Listed Summer Hurdle, and while that is clearly a big ask of a four year old he is improving at a rate of knots and is reunited with winning rider A P McCoy.  Qulinton goes in the Summer Plate and his form received a boost when Sir Ian, who he beat by a short head at Worcester (the pair 28 lengths clear) subsequently came out and won easily.

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