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Update 2072: Another thursday afternoon, another afternoon spent with Mike Rea at Freedom Hills. My role has now been reduced to driver and watcher. Mike is now jogging around the ring on his own, and he looks pretty good doing it! I also spent time on the phone today with various horse advocates. I am traveling a steep learning curve getting my head around all that occurs with our racehorses that no longer run, go to the breeding shed or are retired to their owners' farms (many owners / trainers simply don't have farms).
Update 2071: Yeats, the overwhelming favorite, won the 2.5 mile Ascot Gold Cup: YEATS STRIKES GOLD AGAIN. He has now won this race twice and they would like to see if they can make it three:
Asked about the Melbourne Cup, for which he is a 10-1 chance with Stan James, O'Brien continued: "All those races are open to him, but it will be discussed with the owners.
"We would love to come back and win it (the Gold Cup) for a third time. Hopefully, we will be here."
Update 2070: Another warm morning this morning, but a little less muggy. I had three to ride. First out was Gator Nation. He went to the Tapeta track, along with Tim on Real Lace. I galloped a mile and a quarter, Tim and Real Lace a mile and a half. All was well. Second set I was on Kitty (My new name for the Tale of the Cat filly). She went to the dirt track with Tim on Nonpareil. We jogged back to the quarter pole and then galloped a mile and a half together. They went nicely, although Kitty was looking around a little at some of the construction work going on between the dirt track and the Tapeta track (we are building a second gap for the Tapeta track). When a horse looks around they gallop with less focus and off the bridle. Anyway, she will learn and she does continue to improve. Finally I rode Nautical Agent, she galloped a mile and a quarter. Tim was on Quick Quest, Robbie Walsh was on Fortuna. They galloped together a mile and a quarter, I galloped on my own. Nautical went very nicely and then high-stepped it home. As we came on to the track we saw Better Talk Now galloping down the lane. He looked good!
Update 2069: Today's feature race today at Ascot is the 2 and a 1/2 mile Gold Cup: YEATS SPEARHEADS IRISH HOPES.
Sabina Pierce and I hosted a presentation last night at Buzzy's. It was fun to see people out there, talk about Barbaro and his legacy, and hear Sabina's perspective as she clicked through her slide deck of images. A fun evening!