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Angus McNae

Captain's Blog - 15th August 2011

I trust you enjoyed our coverage of the Arlington million on Saturday night. The evening was a triumph for the Aiden O'Brien team who won both the Grade I Secretariat with Treasure Beach and the Arlington Million with Cape Blanco. Treasure Beach was made to fight hard and despite a rather ungainly head carrige he prevailed in a driving finish. He was racing on lasix for the first time which may well have helped him. I have my suspicions that he may have a slight problem in terms of his wind and as such problems are often linked to bleeding issues the lasix was probably a good move from the O'Brien team. Now before somebody tells me I am an idiot again for simply giving my opinion, remember this is just an opinion.

Cape Blanco was impressive in the Arlington Million under an intelligent ride from Jamie Spencer. He struck for home turning into the short home straight as other horses on his inside were getting in each others way and the move proved decisive. Spencer has had his critics over the years, whatever the validity or otherwise of that criticism it has always been the case that he is a class act. He is a supreme judge of pace and is now riding as well as anybody. I rate him very highly and you only have to listen to him talk about race riding to know that he is a master of the art. Once again this is just my opinion, no need for you to kick the cat or bang your head off a nearby wall.

I am at home today, but will be back in action for tomorrow both in the afternoon and the evening. The evening will be dedicated to the action from Kempton Park and James Willoughby will be my guest. Please get involved in the show. All the usual suspects and anybody else interested are welcome to email us at

I have no plans for today other than to get a spot of gardening done. Well if brandishing a hedge trimmer can be described as gardening!

All the best.


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