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My Movie Star Pin-Up

is this fella, Joncol. He won the Irish Hennessy yesterday, by a neck from Cooldine. Just after that all went off I watched a film following three inmates at the Paul Nolan yard: Joncol, Cuan Na Grai and Ardalan.

Of the three, the stand out personality is probably Cuan Na Grai who would definitely be a “thinker”. Ardalan is a cheeky lad, just a bit slow and too small to fill the chasing role they end up diverting him to. Joncol is a gentle giant, described by the yard as a “Christian”, but watch him on the gallops and he knocks your eyes out.

I don’t want to spoil the film – word is that it will be shown on terrestrial television at some point – but I can say that Joncol won his debut chase in dramatic fashion which the audience applauded in a cinematic first for me. It was like going racing five or six times in an hour and half, but more comfortable, less expensive and just as exciting.


Appalling selections yesterday – best finish 4th and lucky that Joncol saved the day.
5.00 Wolv – Hunters Belt
4.40 Sout – Fidelor
1.20 Ling – Mzuri Bay
4.50 Ling – Graduation Night (half-brother to Sergeant Cecil so although there are other likely types on paper it’s a “has to be done” scenario)

NB the two Lingfield bumpers are being run on AW surface not on the heavy going.  One of the flashiest horses in training goes to post there at 4.20 – Pancake is fitted with a tongue-tie for the first time today as well as blinkers that have been tried before.  It’s a shame, but he seems not to be enjoying racing at the moment.  Fingers crossed for him today although I can’t see him as a gambling proposition…