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Today the stable has five runners at Ffos Las, an extra meeting that was put on after the recent abandonments. Moodofthemoment, First Lord Du Cuet, kepagge, New Age Dawning and Barrier Peaks make up our quintet. I am actually writing from home today & yesterday as unfortunately the ‘lurgy’ as finally caught up with me. Thankfully not covid but I don’t feel the best so staying home, trying not to pass it on and doing what I can work wise!!


    American Sniper runs at Taunton today

It is a busy day for the team today with eight runners across two meetings. We have three runners at Lingfield, Heure De Gloire, Duc De Beauchene and Red Lion Lad. At our most local track, Taunton, we have five runners, Colony Queen, American Sniper, Doyen La Lutte, Bashful Boy and Master Blaze. Before I talk about them I want to let you know what happened to Red Happy at Ludlow yesterday. Everything was going to plan in the race with just over a circuit to go when a tack malfunction occurred. From the TV it looked like the saddle had slipped and Tom Scu had lost his irons and had to pull up. It so transpired that the metal buckle on his stirrup leathers had completely snapped in two. It does happen that the leather can sometimes break but not the actual metal itself. What is even more worrying is that the leathers are less than two weeks old, Tom Scu regularly updates his equipment and so it is even more strange. While frustrating to say the least, both Tom and the horse are okay which is the main thing.

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       Red Happy runs at Ludlow Today

It is great that we finally have some jumping action back to look forward to in Britain today with racing at Ludlow and Plumpton.  The stable has one runner, Red Happy in the 1.15pm handicap chase over three miles at Ludlow.  Our five year old has been a terrific buy from France and returns to calmer waters today after running in some tough races in his last few outings.  He did however run a great race the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury to be eighth on his penultimate start and things will be more to his liking this afternoon.  Tom Scu is back on board and the last time they teamed up they won a chase at Exeter.  He has had one run at the track before when he finished second and although one of the outsiders in the betting for this race I would like to think he has a small each way chance.

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We were due to have two runners at Lingfield today, the first jumps meeting to take place for several days but unfortunately it has been abandoned so there is another blank day for jumping again with Musselburgh already called off a few days ago.  Last Quarter was due to run in the 1.00pm handicap hurdle, he was a course and distance winner on his seasonal reappearance at the track last time and hopefully would have gone well again.  Red Lion Lad was our second runner of the day in the 1.30pm handicap chase.  An Irish point to point winner, he is yet to really sparkle under rules but it would have been ideal conditions today and with blinkers being replaced by cheekpieces we were hoping he could show us a bit more.

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       I'm Dreaming of Warm Sunny Days
               & Sleeping Horses!

It was a total wipe out for racing yesterday in Britain and Ireland with both all-weather meetings being lost at Lingfield and Chelmsford after after failing morning inspections with their tracks frozen.  Officials at both courses held second inspections to give their meetings every chance but improvement was not sufficient enough.  There is due to be jumping action at Lingfield on Monday, we have two declared runners, Last Quarter and Red Lion Lad.  However, the course must again pass a 7.30am inspection to race.  Temperatures are set to rise but will the thaw happen quickly enough, that is the question?  The jumps track has snow on it and it is frozen in places.  Temperatures overnight from Sunday into Monday are due to be 9c but I guess we will all just have to wait and see.  

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The first signs of the weather changing were evident this morning, despite there being a hard frost still and perhaps a sprinkling of snow overnight, the temperature gauge has risen from minus 8 yesterday to minus 1 this morning.  Not that I can really feel an improvement, sadly my boiler has stopped working when I got home from work last night so it was a pretty chilly evening for me last night, where it even felt warmer outside than it did in!  There were further problems on the race track last night when Kempton had to abandon racing after two races with freezing fog causing poor visibility the reasoning.

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The big freeze continues and we now know the earliest possible jumps action we will have is on Monday where there is due to be jumps action at Lingfield and Musselburgh.  Ffos Las has been criticised for their handling of the abandonment of yesterday's fixture.  They always seemed pretty confident they would race which was the main thing and gave people false hope.  They failed their 7.30am inspection but were still saying they thought they would race only for it to be called off less than two hours later because they had not water (frozen) in the stable yard!  By this time horses, trainers and jockeys were already well on their way to the racecourse, some having more treacherous journeys because of snow than others. 

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