Thursday, 6 October 2011

Stepping Up

We step up another gear tomorrow with two runners at Carlisle's opening meeting of the season; Ray Calder's Ocarina makes his stable debut in the 2.45, Lucy rides, 11 run and the ground should be good, I will be having a good look at the track and if they miss the showers and there is much good to firm in it he will come out.  He is a big strong experienced chaser that I am delighted to be training, he seems fit and well.  We then run Dan and Michelle Macdonald's Four Fiddlers in the 3.20, again Lucy rides and 12 run.  This is being run on the new hurdle track and the ground is meant to be good, this is a horse with plenty of potential but tomorrow's race is pretty competitive and as ever I would just like him to run well.  Lucy has a couple of other good rides, Proud Times in the 2.10 for Alan Swinbank and Pete in the 5.00 for Barry Murtagh, both have a chance.
Filthy here today, horrid cold rain being blown in on squally showers - all the horses were on the all--weather this morning and Louisa is braving it as I write teaching "the Buffalo" some dressage - tee hee. call it "thumb's revenge!"
One thing that has me very puzzled is the strength in the yearling market, Tattersalls Newmarket sale yesterday had turnover/average/and median all up by 40-60% on this day last year, difficult to correlate with the general economic gloom, is this a lead indicator or an irrelevance, who knows.... 
Four Fiddlers

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