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Sadly, Friday's work videos will not be going online. This is mainly due to the fact that we currently lack an underwater camera in our arsenal of technical equipment. The weather really was that bad!

There is much going on behind the scenes with the site - our friends at Xstos are developing a database with a search engine so that owners can get an easier access to their horses work, whilst staff features and topical events can be updated on a more regular basis as and when they happen.


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WE are all thankful to the West Ilsley Lifeboat Institution for keeping us operational on Friday's work morning, although even our greatest pessimist wouldn't have bargained for worse to come that afternoon and evening.

We managed to work first lot but at one stage I thought it was Armageddon.

Our fingers are tightly crossed for improved weather conditions in time for an important work morning on Tuesday when YOUMZAIN will do his winding-up gallop for the King George.

The colt is in tip top order and all systems are go for what we hope will be a huge run in the Ascot mid-summer showcase next Saturday.

Mick says: "This is a freak summer and the rain has made it impossible for the majority of horses to hold their form. Nobody knows what's coming next and in that respect it's been a disastrous Flat season.

"Youmzain will hopefully do a bit of work on Tuesday and Richard Hughes has been booked to ride him in the King George. I'm delighted with the horse. His form is there for all to see and we're all set."

Another interesting runner next weekend is Zafeen's half-brother ATLANTIC SPORT who makes his debut in a six furlong maiden on Hong Kong Day.

Mick continues: "We have high hopes for this colt whose done everything right. Hugh Bowman thinks a lot of him and so do I. We feel this is the right time of the year to start him off."


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OUR man from Dunedoo has been appointed captain of the Rest Of The World team in Ascot's Shergar Cup in which his side will be taking on Great Britain, Ireland and Europe.

It will be a fitting place for Hugh to enjoy the accolade as he rode his first double after his arrival from Australia at Ascot.

The boss says: "We're delighted he has extended his stay well into the summer so that his valued skills can be appreciated at most of the major meetings.

"I was chuffed to bits when he won the Group 2 on Hatta Fort as he'd gone through an unlucky run with plenty of seconds and thirds but no winners. During that time it made no difference to him and he continued riding with tremendous confidence. We'll miss him when he goes."

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MUTAWAAJID may be asked to step up to seven furlongs in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Mick is considering the race alongside the Prix Maurice de Gheest over six and a half furlongs at Deauville.

The boss was delighted with Mutawaajid's creditable run in the Darley July Cup in which he finished ninth to Sakhee's Secret. He said: "The horse showed plenty of pace and ran as we expected like he'd just need it. We think it will bring him on and we're looking at Goodwood because there are no domestic six furlong races for him until the Haydock Sprint Cup.

Goodwood can be a kind course to front-runners and if we go there Hugh Bowman will ride him similarly close to the pace."

Bowman is excited about the prospect and said: "Goodwood has a downhill run into the straight and he might be suited to lying handy and then kicking."

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OUR Superlative Stakes winner HATTA FORT, who relished the step up to seven  furlongs at Newmarket, could
drop back to six for his next outing.
The boss believes the Cape Cross colt has the necessary speed for races such  as the Richmond Stakes at 
Goodwood and the Gimcrack at York.
He said: "We were delighted with his run last week and Hugh Bowman believes  he has the necessary speed
to drop back in trip if necessary. On reflection we might have gone for the wrong race at Royal Ascot as he
found the five furlongs too short in the Windsor Castle."
Royal Ascot winner NIJOOM DUBAI will shortly resume full work following a break. 
Her Albany Stakes win has been boosted by the second You'resothrilling and Mick says: "She will 
start building-up towards one of the big Group races in mid-summer like the Moyglare or the Lowther."
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This mornings work is now on-line.
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Youmzain put in a pleasing workout on the Summer Ground this morning to signal his well being ahead of the
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
 Last years Great Voltiguer Stakes winnerwas partnered by Tadgh O'Shea who looked to have plenty of horse
under him at the end of the exercise with Championship Point and Som Tala.
 Mick said, "It was a nice bit of work. All being well he'll do another piece next week and it'll be all systems go for 
The King George. He came back well from his run in the Grand Prix de St-Cloud and I've always thought
The King George will suit him."
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The fallout from the ill-tempered Ilsley Challenge Cup football match sank to new depths this evening.

Earlier in the day Hughie Morrison's "Director of Football", James Reeves returned to pick up the trophy from West Ilsley after having left the most sought after gong in West Berkshire behind due to the euphoria of the previous evening's celebrations.

Apparently, having opened the case within which the trophy is kept upon his return East, it was immediately apparent that the cup had been replaced with nothing more than a house-brick.

Police have been notified of this "mystery" disappearance and Mick Channon and all his staff at West Ilsley would like to distance themselves from any accusations of skullduggery that might be placed at their door.

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The inaugural clash for the Ilsley Challenge Cup took place on Sunday, with Hughie Morrison's Yard (East) taking on the Channon Yard (West) on a day of high drama and huge controversy.

In view of the successful week at Newmarket (Hatta Fort & Dan Tucket), the Channon Yard approached the contest with high hopes of further victory, but with hindsight, the Morrison Yard's July Cup romp with Sahkee's Secret meant that they were the team in the most eye-catching form.

West's line up was a mix of youthful exuberance and ignorant overconfidence, whilst East fielded a side of the odd familiar face and a bunch of ringers...

Cheered on by a raucous crowd who'd made the treck out to an astroturf pitch somewhere near Didcot, the game was reduced to thirty minutes each way due to the many late arrivals. The venue was a tricky one to find and it was suggested that the return match be held at Hogwarts - an altogether easier destination to get to.

And so it was that the Ilsley Challenge Cup game of 2007 kicked off with West very much on top. With their confidence soaring in the early stages having been awarded two throw-ins in quick succession, the combination of Barry Talent and Lord Ilsley in the midfield, initially bore fruit and it was no surprised when George Storton, in tandem with his striking brother Andrew, sent the Channon Yard and their two dozen travelling fanatics into delirium with the opener.

But that was to be the only highpoint of the day as Steve Sweet and Jon Dennis, kept East's collection of what appeared to be former internationals and Olympic hopefuls at bay - Michael Cook excelling with cat like agility and the greatly appreciated trait of mulling over his goal-kicks long enough for his colleagues to get their breath back.

Still one up at the break, West came out in a determined frame of mind at the restart, conceding after twenty-one seconds and producing some quite abysmal football. This was typified by Jody Mogford who might have a footballer's hairstyle, but none of the ability - whilst the fitness level of Lord Ilsley, made a mockery of his pre-match confidence.

West briefly rallied and almost regained the lead, but a combination of Mogford's "unique" talents and East's inspired keeper (the spitting image of Tottenham's Paul Robinson), meant the game entered it's final throes at one a piece.

An honourable draw seemed the most likely outcome as players on both side looked ever nearer death due to exhaustion when East turned defence into attack in the blink of and eye whilst West appealed for one of the most obvious offside calls in the history of the game.

The fact that there was no referee or linesman on hand to give the decisions meant that it was left to East Ilsley's conscience to own up and ensure that their integrity remained in tact.

Final score 1-2.

A disheartened bunch of West Ilsley players converged on The Harrow (West Ilsley) to lick their wounds and moan about the lack of class shown by The Morrison Yard, who had the temerity to turn up for the trophy presentation and dig in to an excellent Shepherd's Pie laid on by patron's Pete and Jackie Watling.

With great grace, the Westerners even entered enemy territory and the evening was rounded off with a game of drunk Jenga in The Crown and Horns (East Ilsley). Yet again, East prevailed and West had to pick up the pieces on a disappointing day for all those concerned with fair play, respect and community values.

Man Of The Match - Fat Ali

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THE workings of the reserve system for horses running in the July Cup was made to look hopelessy flawed when Soldier's Tale defected on the day of the race and no horse was able to take his place.

Mick had Silver Touch as one of the two reserves and, though he wouldn't have run the filly on the good to firm ground, the failings of the BHB rule governing this stood out like a sore thumb.

He said: "The deadline for getting a reserve into the July Cup if another horse defects is 11.30am the previous day, more than 24 hours before the race is run.

"My view is that this deadline defeats the whole point of it.

"It's not sour grapes because Silver Touch didn't get a run - i've said all along she needed some cut in the ground - but I would have been seething if i'd brought my horse here and discovered it couldn't get in. The deadline is too far back and makes the BHB look like a bunch of clowns."

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