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Sunday, 28 August 2011

A Wandering Mind...Great Brittain

A Wandering Mind...

How quickly things change. One moment Clive Brittain's on the cold list the next he unveils an impressive two-year-old debutante at Great Yarmouth. I'm sure at that very moment the clouds parted and the sun shone down on Clive. Without doubt, the win of Alsindi must have put a twinkle in his eye and got his feet all a jig. The money came for this daughter of Acclamation so he or Maureen must have been on the blower. This 70,000gns purchase, owned by Saeed Manana, is out of the capable mare Needles And Pins, who was trained by Michael Bell. By all accounts she was a mud lark and these testing conditions were right up Alsindi's street. Brittain has a liking for Great Yarmouth and over the years he has sent a number of talents to win here on debut. Potentially a smart juvenile who no doubt will be campaigned at a high level (Mr Optimism). Perhaps this is a turning point for the stable. I can pass on to HCE readers a horse held in high regard by the Brittain stable,which is yet to make its debut. Miblish is a colt by Teofilo out of a mare Triton Dance. Clive Brittain has stated this is the best two-year-old colt in the stable. It should be racing in the next few weeks.

As for my wagers today, I had a decent win bet on Appointee with the intention of laying a point shorter. With the betting fluctuating I laid to a small no-lose wager. Just before the off, after drifting, I placed a smaller win bet putting the bet up in-running at 1.1. After leading for much of the way, Appointee trailed in fifth, touching about even money mid race. A disappointing run. She has either regressed - or more likely hated the soft conditions - and better should be expected next time if back on a sounder surface. 

Comment of the day from James Willoughby on RUK: ''This horse is gelded for the first time today.''  Followed by: ''Stop the programme, I want to get off.'' The combination of Willoughby and Nick Luck is the equivalent of Equine MENSA.