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When things aren’t going well I always find it useful to change the subject. So, whilst I may actually spend some time over soggy form in the week – I won’t be mentioning it. But I don’t want to change the subject on a completely bum note. We had some good races this weekend and it’s been fun, if not entirely financially rewarding.

I managed to take some pictures yesterday, one of my good winner Fury, so before I start blogging about, ooh I don’t know, X Factor or Strictly I will just post these up and get some “closure” on a big weekend of racing.

The roan/dun pony Fury, who was a facile winner

Sharp suits, tight fists and a Strawberry Daiquiri

My pin up: Seta not Kieren

She didn't win, but I still love her

Watching the Derby-winning former jockey watching them go down (minding the kids too)

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The silver lining to Arc weekend


And now I’m going to read my Sunday paper. I may be a while.

@Suffolk for the Cambridgeshire

I like this shot. I like to watch from the head-on stand, but whilst you can see the runners come into the dip from there, this photo gives a better sense of the camber they are dealing with. No wonder so many become unbalanced going into it.

I’ve had a look at the declarations, but with massive fields in the first two races and the ground going soft yesterday I couldn’t possibly pick anything out from those at the moment. I might be tempted by William Haggas’ Fury in the second if the paddock inspection offers some hope. In the Sun Chariot I would like to see Seta hack up, but she will only run if the ground is suitable according to Cumani. If she doesn’t run I will be back to banging my head on the Spacious door.

Big Saturday handicaps give me a rash. I managed to find the Cambridgeshire winner last year, Supaseus, in the paddock. A repeat performance is highly unlikely. I may have a closer look at the Irish raider Pires and Elliptical. Really I just want some fresh air and a day out…

Seta – my favourite filly in training

This is the most striking filly I have seen in years. Her run in the Guineas needs a line through it; who knows what gave that day, but Fallon said he “took care of her”. She is built like a colt, and if she manages to fill her frame could be a very exciting prospect. Luca Cumani said they call her “Blondie” at home and that they might race her as a four year old. My fingers are very crossed indeed.

Winning a conditions race today at Leicester. Look at Seta and how relaxed she is in her winning compared to the runner-up – all push and strain. She’s with the right trainer thankfully 🙂

Notebook: Cnocandancer & Seta

I was considering blog purdah for election week, but that seemed somewhat extreme so I am slimming down to the odd name in a racing notebook instead until I have stopped flowing molten lava…

I was feeling a bit down in the dumps on Sunday until the unusually named Cnocandancer won the last yesterday @ the Curragh. Making her debut from stall 22 in a 30 runner maiden she did it very nicely and I was most taken with her, plus a little bit thankful.

A daughter of Danehill Dancer and out of Dancing Diva (Sadlers Wells) she holds entries in the Irish Guineas and Oaks. I’ll look forward to seeing her out again.

As for Seta, the other flaxen maned sort I fell for at the weekend, who knows what gives there. Certainly Luca Cumani the trainer was at a loss in the aftermath. She is a very imposing sort and if she has the engine to drive the chassis could be very exciting. The only thing I can think of is that having won over 7f as a 2yo she needs a bit more of a trip, she certainly appears to have the physical scope and her half-brother by Mark of Esteem was a winner of 12f. We will have to wait and see.

Jolie-laide, the way I like them