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28th November 2022
Plus 5, foggy and dry when driving in.. Another dry week ahead..The ground is drying shockingly quickly..
I left here at 8.15 on Saturday morning and returned to my office at 8.45 last night.. In between I have shared a car journey with David Bass and Charlie Deutsch.
Newcastle would certainly not be my favourite racecourse, actually if truth be known I would not mind if I never went there again.. Not because of the locals who are complete stars, but because the place is run down, feels tired and unloved.
Happygolucky ran a an absolute blinder to finish 3rd in the Rehearsal Chase.
595 days since Happy last ran and won at Aintree and on Saturday he showed all his old spark and watching him run like he did made us all realise how annoying it was that he was not able to run at Cheltenham 2 weeks ago in the Paddy Power.. He would have gone so close… Ground was the issue then and Eloise Quayle who is Newcastle’s clerk of the course held her nerve and watered before their meeting.. some cried madness, but she was so right and was rewarded with great racing..Balls of steel.. well if she was a man!! Seriously she deserves a huge amount of credit.. and a huge bonus..
After racing we moved on to our hotel.. String Of Horses.. 3 rooms booked and after beating David Bass at pool I felt it wise to retire for the night leaving the two young jockeys to each others company..
Thankfully there were not many folk left in the pub when they decided it would be fun to dress up and take the muskets and rifles off the wall.. History relates that DB sang like a good un and woke up in a room that he had not been booked into.. please note we were the only people staying in the hotel!
Carlisle has to be one of the best chase courses in the country.. but with a shocking inside hurdle track.. They have excellent Directors who make sure owners are so well looked after.. I always enjoy racing there.. Our runner Equus Dreamer ran well to be third.. he went there for soft/heavy ground and frankly it had dried so much it was almost good.. yes a very good run under the circumstances. Eye catcher of the meeting in the RP
At Bangor on Saturday Galante De Romay finished a well beaten third..she needs dropping back in trip..
All in all a good weekend, but without a winner.. all horses fine after, but the drive south was a horror.. North of Worcester onwards took an age.. solid traffic.
Monday morning and bar a few to jump I was on a zoom call all morning..
We jumped Inflagrante, Top Target, Chianti Classico, Captain Rose, Faerie Cutlass, Salt Rock, Imperial Hurricane, General Hubble, Grave La Klass, Imperial Admiral, Isle Of Gold, Lets Go Amigo, Mr Grey Sky, Percy Veering.
No runners today.....Best football commentator