So we worked him in blinkers
this morning and he was much sharper than normal.
We put blinkers
on him the other day and Joseph (O'Brien) rode him in a canter and he said the horse felt more attentive with them on.
We've always felt that he would want blinkers
at some stage.
If the blinkers
can bring about a bit of improvement in his form in the King George last year and if Kauto Star is not as good as he was, he has a right chance.
Long shot - Keep on Punching: A maiden two months ago, he's 3 for 3 with blinkers
going into his first stakes start for little-known trainer Anthony Saavedra.
The winner's owners had been unconvinced when Nicholls had put forward the idea of blinkers
, but the Ditcheat trainer didn't waver.
Invariably the headgear goes on when you feel a horse needs a bit of help to get to peak performance - it's very rare to see a horse on a winning sequence suddenly declared in blinkers
or a visor.
Fry's Rock On Ruby ran well in the Champion Hurdle, wearing first-time blinkers
, and we'd all be so much more productive if we weren't being constantly distracted by silly cat videos and titillating pictures of minor celebrities on the internet.
If North East voters removed the blinkers
, we might end up with a road and transport system that will enable our region to prosper rather be strangled by this Government's lack of interest in their "safe" seats.
I am sick of hearing senior citizens going on about bus passes etc, they need to look beyond their blinkers
and see how people can't afford homes and are struggling to live.
Among those the Barbury Castle trainer is looking forward to is Blazing Bailey, who might sport a pair of blinkers
when he runs in the John Smith's Great Float Social Club Liverpool Hurdle on Thursday.
Today the boss put the blinkers
on him and they made a difference.