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July Downlands Racing with Pat Murphy

Well here we are in July. Summer solstice and the longest day have passed, Royal Ascot has been and gone. Lambourn Stables have had better Royal Ascots but for Ed Walker and Archie Watson it was a red letter Ascot with both enjoying their first winners at this prestigious meeting.

Charles Hills and Clive Cox had a quiet meeting with their big hopes coming unstuck in different ways. Charles’ horse Battash ran a very honourable race finishing second in the Group One Kings Stand stakes, but such was expectations that if felt like a disappointment. Clive’s big hope, Harry’s Angel, lost all chance at the start. Kicking out in the stalls he managed to hook his near hind leg up on to the runner board so basically trying to start with one leg held up. No one’s fault other than his own making.He has always been a bit difficult, he just picked the wrong day to be his most difficult.

Roger Teal’s Tip Two Win ran another super race finishing fourth in the St James Palace stakes and he continues to hold his own in the strongest company.

The rest of June, although very busy with the amount of racing there is, was quiet in the Lambourn Valley with no total disasters to report on.

The middle of July will see a lot of National Hunt horses returning to training from summer break.

It will take three to four months of intensive training to return them to match fitness. They need the break mentally from training.

Oaksey house is now back open after its refurbishment, a new hydro pool has been installed and it will be a fabulous addition to an already impressive facility.

Enjoy the rest of summer.

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