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I must have walked under a number of ladders, crossed the path of a dozen black cats and smashed a few hundred mirrors, judging by the run I am having at the moment LOL!!!! I am still smiling, but my accountant and bank manager have very glum faces. Think we better get some luck soon.

Today we went with two “lightly raced” horses at Warwick Farm. I remember an old Punter saying that “lightly raced” in the form, means stay away. Maybe I should have listened to that, or as has been suggested, I just give my selections to the Lay Club LOL!!!!

In Race 3 we had Commission, who had run two very good seconds, was at peak fitness now and had the best speed ratings in the race and was an On Pacer. Despite being lightly raced he was begging to be backed. The report from the mounting yard was that he looked a treat and was ready to go and the money backed that up. He started slowly, drifted to the back and raced 3 wide the entire trip. Why? That is not his normal racing pattern. By the time they were entering the straight he had nothing left and finished near last.

I don’t know that James Cummings or Hugh Bowman have convinced the Stewards either, as they have left the inquiry open into the performance. None of that does our bank any good though. Loss 1 Unit.

Commission – H Bowman stated from his wide barrier, he elected to ride the gelding quietly out of the barriers in order that he find a position with cover. As he was unable to do so, his mount was obliged to race three wide in the early and middle stages and although he gave his mount the opportunity to finish the race off, he felt that the finishing effort of Commission was disappointing in the circumstances. Co-trainer Mr J Cummings stated that the instructions were left open to H Bowman, however he did not want the gelding ridden in a forward position. Mr Cummings could offer no tangible excuse for the performance and undertook to report back to the Stewards as to how Commission pulled up subsequent to the race. Mr Cummings did indicate that it may be his intention to drop the gelding back in distance. The Stewards adjourned the matter pending the advice of Mr Cummings.

In Race 4, we had picked one of Gai’s horses, who had been freshened up after winning convincingly at Newcastle. She is an On Pacer and should have been cherry ripe for this. She jumped well, but was always at the back of the field. She finished near last. The stewards report explains it, she was lame ….. arrrggghhh!!!! Loss of 1 Unit

Winter Sweet – App W Costin stated that after beginning well, her mount travelled well in the run,  however from the 800m, when the pace quickened, she struggled to hold her position and was
disappointing in her failure to finish the race off. App Costin stated she made her run wide into the
straight, however, Winter Sweet did not respond. A post race veterinary examination revealed Winter Sweet to be lame in the off hind leg. Stable representative Mr M Newnham was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the horse being permitted to race again.

The Lay Club 

The odds on favourite in Race 1 at the Sunshine coast was Duporth Jack who had failed to win in 10 starts, was unplaced in two runs at the distance and the stable jockey has gone with another runner. Can’t see how this was an odds on favourite, but it was and it was the False Favourite that we laid today. He had everything go his way in the run, the gaps appeared just when and where he wanted them. He finished 2nd behind a 40/1 pop! ROI 145%.

I had to shut the Lay Club off early to get the bets on. As we will normally be laying in earlier races, I am changing the close off time to 11:00 am each day.

Lay Club closes at 11:00 tomorrow.

We will be back in action tomorrow and selections should be with you no later than 11:30 am.

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