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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Kim Bailey Talks - HCE Listen

15th March 2011

Plus 5 and very foggy.. I am sure it will clear.

Christmas is here again or rather it feels that way. The best four days racing in the world starts today and all who love their jump racing will savour every minute of it.

There is no better pace to have a winner and there is no better place to have a runner as an owner.

We only have one runner today and that is the very progressive mare Silver Gypsy and rightly her owner Tania Yeomans is just soooo excited about the prospect of seeing her girl on the big stage. A great moment for her and I know SG will not let her down. What a journey she has had so far. Bought cheaply at Cheltenham's Brightwells sales last April we did not expect her to be running at Cheltenham, but after a second first time out and then 2 good wins and a close third to Banjaxed Girl at Sandown she has every right to be there. Lets face it L'Accordioniste who is 3rd favourite only just beat her, by a neck, first time out at Uttoxeter.

Last nights Cheltenham Preview at the wonderfully refurbished Wheatsheaf in Northleach was a sell out. After a fabulous supper Nicky Luck, Mat Nicholls, Jonathan Neeson and I tore the form book apart..and a few trainers and jockeys to boot. It really was a fun night and well supported by my owners from Thorndale Farm; Nick Luck said it was the best and most fun Cheltenham Preview that he did this year.. Book early to avoid disappointment next year!

Tuesday was our quietest day as far as people dropping in to the yard. The Michael and Angela Storey were here with some friends to see Basoda, while Julie Martin was hoping to 'drop in' to see her two Alflora's, which included their new horse Darna; but sadly it was too foggy to land so back to the diary. Peter Kerr called with the good news that we now have only 1 share in the Oscar/ Midnight Light gelding.

Mats tips for today are as follows. Cue Card, Medermit, The Rainbow Hunter (ew) Peddlers Cross, Poker De Sivola, Quevega and finally Divers. My tips if you want reminding are. Cue Card, Finians Rainbow, Bensalem, Peddlers Cross, Quezac De La Roque, Quevega and Rougham

Have a great week and savour every moment of it. happy punting and may all horses and jockeys come home safely.

On that note last night at The Wheatsheaf we raised just over £500 for The Injured Jockeys Fund by doing a heads and tails.

A great cause and after seeing poor Dougie Costello break his leg at Stratford yesterday it makes our little donation small but well worthwhile.. It is a great charity and we wish poor Dougie a speedy and pain fee recovery.. Sadly he misses out on some great rides this week. It is a tough and unforgiving sport this National Hunt racing.

This weeks movers and shakers in the Handicap Charts are...Our Flora down 6 to 76. Points Of View down 2 to 126, Mallusk down 2 to 115 and Allformary breaks all my records by shooting up the charts an earth shattering 28 to 91; AND dont forget that her jockey at Wincanton Ed Cookson claimed 7 lbs. So if he does not ride her next time Allformary has infact gone up 2 and 1/2 stone. PLEASE will somebody tell me if this a modern day record hike by a BHA handicapper?

A new web site for you to look at. Alan Varey who runs Batsford Stud has just gone live with a new web site. Have a look by clicking Batsford Stud will enjoy it.

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