Baileys Blog

20th July 2018

Plus 13 and dry when driving in.

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing do their open days well.. Yesterdays parade of their National Hunt horses was well organised and very slick.

We arrived at Highclere Stud and parked in a field to be bused to the Stud.

Tables outside a barn looking onto the yearling yard. Immaculate.

Harry Herbert in charge, and after a coffee or cooling drink we are asked to stand around a paddock while each horse was brought out and paraded..  the trainers (Nicky Hernderson, Alan King, Dan Skelton, Paul Nicholls, Nigel Twiston-Davies and Philip Hobbs) of each horse were interviewed by Harry on their prospects and thoughts for the coming winter.

Alfie Corbitt and I were first up as we were new to HTR and Alfie starts with the first letter of the alphabet.

After the parade members of HTR were able to see their horses and the new horses in their stables, and then hopefully a few signed up to buy shares.. Alfie Corbitt was being sold at £6950.00 plus Vat a 20% share; over half were sold yesterday.. Lunch followed.. hog roast and wine.. mingling with the guests, we trainers were the last to leave.. A fun day and very well organised..

To London after and Lords.

Having parked my car in an underground car park Archie, I and Paddy Clarkson walked to Lords..  a tap on my shoulder from behind suggested I was walking in the wrong direction or… No it was Nick Luck..Nick too was also heading to Lords; a guest of Great British Racing.

Nick was a buoyant form especially after spending afternoon on a speed awareness course.. yes he was gagging for a drink....

Naughty boy was recognised at the course.. a young man said to him that he normally watched him on RUK a Thursday rather than sit next to him.. fame..

Chatting in the break, Nick was told that the young man loved his racing and had a horse in training with Kim Bailey.. Nick was gobsmacked!.. Not because he had a horse, but it was with me!! He is a member of Imperial Racing and has a share in the promising Ludlow bumper winner Imperial Aura…

John Stanley joined us to watch his team Somerset beat Middlesex.. a packed ground and a fun night..There is no better cricket ground than Lords on a summers evening.

Talking John Stanley .. John and Sue were with us this morning to see their KBRP horses Peeping Tom and Bandon Roc..

Also talking cricket.. The Cheltenham Cricket Festival is on this week and Archie and I head there this evening to watch..Gloucestershire play my birth county team Essex.. My loyalties?

A few more questions that haunt.

Why do they use sterilized needles  for death by lethal injection?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

To finish.. I hope Nick Cook is OK? Hit on the hand last night umpiring.

19th July 2018

Plus 13 and dry when driving in.

Cheltenham announced yesterday that they have a new 4 year sponsor of their Gold Cup in March.

Magners have come to the fore.. If you are living in Ireland apparently it is known as Bulmers..yes a drink I drink, so good news!

Highclere Stud today to meet the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Team and for them to meet their new trainer and their new horse Alfie Corbitt. My first horse for them..

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing are hosting their annual National Hunt parade and BBQ.. They have quite a string of jumpers

Lords this evening.. Taking Archie and his mate Paddy Clarkson to watch the T20 bash.. Somerset v Middlesex

Next week my all weather gallop is being refurbished.. well in fact replaced..

We are taking the surface off and then removing the tarmac base and replacing it as it has become non porous in places..

Expensive yes, but our gallop has been down for 12 years and sadly these all-weather gallops don’t last forever.  So in three/four weeks time we will have a brand new gallop with a brand new surface..

Andrews Bowen are doing all the work and we are using their racing surface.

Our sand gallop will now take all the action while this is being done

Those into their Golf will be glued to their TVs for the next few days..The Open

A few more questions that haunt.

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Why, Why, Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead? 

Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money? 

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

18th July 2018

Plus 13 and dry when driving in.

Hose pipe bans are coming .. well if you live in the north west..

Talking to ARC's racing manager Charlie Moore at Worcester last night he was adamant that they will be ok.. they are obviously not in the NW and lucky to be by the river, but even that does not guarantee a water supply as one local grass growing company has had his licences to suck water out of the Severn rescinded.

Worcester have done a good job with their ground in what must be the most difficult of summers, not that made a huge amount of difference to Blazon who finished 4th.. beaten too far.

Racings a funny world as when one door closes another will often open.. My meeting with Ian Renton and Simon Claisse at Cheltenham racecourse earlier this week was to be asked to train for their South West Racing Club.

Cheltenham Racecourse started Jockey Club Ownership, an in house members only racing club two years ago, and after a successful time of it for the last two years with trainers JJ O’Neill, Warren Greatrex and Paul Nicholls their horses will be sold in August, and their new Syndicate will start in September.

The criteria to be asked to train for them is that you have to train in their South West area.. One trainer near Cheltenham.. me, one in Lambourn, Nicky Henderson, and one in the South West, Neil Mulholland..Cheltenham rotate their trainers every two years when a new syndicate is started.

It should be fun training for the Cheltenham & South West Syndicate..

Their meeting on Monday was a time to reflect on the last two years, discuss and to be introduced to me..and it was interesting to meet some of the members on Monday which included Andy Miller, who had a horse with me when Norman Williamson was my jockey in Lambourn, and Martin and Christine Wilson who have always said they would have a horse with me one day.. if they won the lottery .. well now they have, even if the latter has not come true!

Cheltenham made further announcements today.. Please read

Graham Potts our vet was in this morning.. Wednesday rather than Tuesday.

England beat India in their 3 match ODI.. Root back to form.

If you are golfing fanatic which I know so many of you are, then your sporting life takes over from tomorrow.. The 147 Open starts...

A few more questions that haunt.

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

17th July 2018

Plus 9 and dry when driving in.

Royal Supremo and Thumb Stone Blues had an away day.. Working and jumping fences in Lambourn.

John and Penny Perriss’s horses returned this morning after their summer break.. John's By The Boardwalk, Rusmuc Relay and Cloone Lady and Pennys Station Master and Wandrin Star..They have done well..

We have a runner tonight at Worcester.. Blazon heads there and for my thoughts please click here.

An interesting meeting with Simon Claisse and Ian Renton yesterday at a sun baked Cheltenham racecourse.. more on that tomorrow.. Their ground is certainly parched.

Talking interesting..The Faugheen case currently being heard in the headquarters of the BHA makes interesting reading.. Did the vet pass on information? The case continues today with some big hitters involved..

Sad to lose Kilfilum Cross yesterday.. His owner Gary Tardi was offered a huge sum and as he rightly said it was an offer he could not refuse. KF has gone north to join Chris Kellett.

Deciding ODI todat at Headingley..

More sport...Darren Smith who owns shares in the KBRP horses Vinndication, Dusty Pearl and Arthurs Sixpence is organising a golf day for charity..

Gloucester Golf Club Proudly hosts The Injured Jockey Fund Charity Golf Day on 24th August 2018

Come and play golf or simply enjoy dinner with some of the most popular household names involved in National Hunt Racing, both past and current. For further information on the event, please click here

A few more questions that haunt..

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway...

Why is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural?

Happy birthdays to Marcus Armytage and Laura Ruck-Keene..

16th July 2018

Plus 13 and dry when driving in.

What a weekend of sport..Football, Racing, Cricket and Wimbledon all brilliant.

My weekend was spent watching Archie play cricket and yesterday down in Bristol I was needed as a scorer.. something I have not done for many many years.. My scoring sheet certainly did not resemble one of the late Bill Frindall’s.. Concentration needed.. and no alcohol..

There was a horrid car crash at our crossroads heading to Andoversford yesterday morning..

It really is a dangerous crossing (A436) and watching cars turning this way last week heading to the 2000trees festival was not a pleasant sight..

Sadly it was always going to happen with so many cars leaving the festival early yesterday morning..Cars that come down the A436 from the M5 come down the hill at some speed and it is easy to miss judge them..

Monday morning and some very fresh horses which is good to see.

A few more horses coming back in this morning and more tomorrow.

Sally Grant called in late morning to see her KBRP horse Red River

I have a meeting with Cheltenham racecourse early this afternoon.. Simon Claisse and Ian Renton and others..

A few more questions that haunt..

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like every two hours?

14th July 2018

Plus 11 and misty when driving in.. The sun will burn through.

Tom Bellamy was in to ride out two lots

Sandy  and Andy Page where here second lot to see their KBRP horses Blazon and Kayf Storm and their Racing For Maggies horse Another Venture.

John and Mandy Battershall were also here second lot to see their KBRP horse Younevercall… It normally rains when the Battershall’s come down but not his time.. we did have as shower last night which did not even lay the dust.

I popped in to The Frogmill yesterday and what a difference the new owners Brakspears have made.. it is stunning.

Adrian Cuddy the General Manager showed my round the whole building and it is pretty impressive.

The bedrooms are good and although that side is not open yet I would suggest those booking will not be disappointed. The bar area is cosy and felt like a bar should and the restaurant was full of atmosphere.. their menu looked very good and certainly apertising.. Yes I feel we have a winner on our doorsteps.

I did something different yesterday afternoon and went to Fairford Airshow..sadly there was a thunderstorm which meant the RAF 100th celebration flypast had to be cancelled..

Julia Baldanza called in last night.

The second ODI at Lords today.. India look well on top... Especially with their new wonder spinner..

The World Cup comes to an end tomorrow although England play today for third place.. not an easy game to play.. already beaten 

A couple of questions that haunt...

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

Have a great weekend and see you om Monday..

Happy birthday to Keith Ellis..

Before you go.. click this link for some essential  weekend reading..

13th July 2018

Plus 14 and cloudy when driving in.

A change in the weather today as rain is forecasted.. well thunderstorms.. any drop might help settle the dust.

All the horses are walking today as they all had flu vacs yesterday..

DT has arrived and already sorting the country out..  

The first ODI against India yesterday was a walk over for India.. second one tomorrow at Lords.

Mens semi finals day at Wimbledon.. no Federer but we do have the choice meeting of Nadal and Djokovic..

Serena Williams was majestic yesterday.. she nearly died last year..

Loads of noise last night as the 2000trees festival started.. Booming voices can be heard some distance from here..

Talking noise.. Fairford Airshow is also on this weekend.

The Frogmill opens today.. exciting.

Leslie Fields reminded me..

A linguistics professor says during a lecture that, “In English, a double negative forms a positive. But in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, in no language in the world can a double positive form a negative.”

But then a voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”

12th July 2018

Plus 14 and dry when driving in.

Well that’s it for another 4 years.. 

In the WC England went one up and for a while we were thinking about winning, while at Wimbledon Federer went 2 sets up and you thought he must be a certainty .. Not to  be in either matches.. Both cracking good games to watch but sadly both lost..

The English Football team should be proud of what they have achieved.. They went there with not aspirations from us that they would do well, and they certainly did, and they did it is style.. Humble and admired by all for their behaviour and dignity. Yes we should be proud of our team.

A Frenchman and an Englishman were talking yesterday morning. The Englishman said 'did you know that we are playing Croatia tonight?.. The Frenchman said ' well what a coincidence, we are playing them on Sunday'

Gary Tardi called in late morning yesterday to discuss his horses Kilfilum Cross and Cirano De Sivola.. Mikey Elliot called in during evening stables.

Graham Potts our vet was in this morning to continue giving flu jabs to all the horses..

Pleased to see that Weatherbys are finally helping trainers with the problem of unpaid bills from owners..Some trainers have terrible trouble and some not.. I charge a month in advance to try and alleviate that problem, but it is not always the case.. Chasing money when owed is never easy as it puts strain of relationships and trust..

DT arrives in the country today.. he will cause controversy as usual..


Do you realize that, in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos?

Money can't buy happiness but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Jaguar than in a Ford.

After 60 if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you're probably dead.

Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind and the ones that mind don't matter.

Life isn't tied with a bow but it's still a gift.

And remember: "Politicians and diapers should be changed often and for the same reason"

11th July 2018

Plus 12 and dry when driving in.

Philip and Sandra Arkwright and I lunched at The Wheatsheaf yesterday. Much to discuss about their horses.. The dining room was more or less empty as most were outside, but at least Philip did have a window cleaner to admire while eating  his devilled kidneys..Competition .. The Frogmill opens on Friday.. Our new local?

After lunch I popped over to see Rose To Fame at Coln Valley Stud.

Nick Cook was here mid morning to see his KBRP horses Battelicon and Younevercall.. Nick was on the way down to Bristol to umpire the Gloucestershire v Kent Spitfires game

Tonights a huge day for England and I am sure we will all be hoping for a good result. If only

Interesting to note that all English racecourses on Sunday have chosen to change their race times to watch the World Cup finals if we were to win tonight.. Perth have decided not to change their race times..… why?  They are Scottish and have no interest in what England does!  Lets face it, would we if Scotland made it through to the finals?

Talking Perth .. sad to see that their farrier Tommy Cuthbert has died.. He was a lovely man and always a welcoming smile and handshake when I was up there racing. Sadly others passed away yesterday in the horse world.. Top sire Black Sam Bellamy, racehorses Le Coudrey and Finians Oscar.

The good news yesterday was the extroadinary escape of 12 school boys and a coach who all finally made it out of their waterlogged caves.. Personally I can imagine nothing worse than being down there, lost and then finding that I had to learn to swim, dive and accept the thought of fighting claustrophobia to swim and crawl through tiny passages underground.. The world watched, waited and that was such great news..


There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.

There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 am; for example, it could be the right number.

No one ever says "It's only a game" when their team is winning.

I've reached the age where 'happy hour' is a nap.

Be careful about reading the fine print, there's no way you're going to like it.

The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket

10th July 2018

Plus 14 and dry when driving in. Does it feel cooler?....

Busy with visitors this morning..

Carol Bailey called in to see her KBRP horse Blazon and her Racing For Maggies horse Another Venture.

Third lot Paul Martin, his son paul and Cathy Traynor was here to see Peeping Tom

John and Laura Garrett were here mid morning to see their KBRP horses Pond Road, Commodore Barry, Red River and their Racing for Maggies horse Another Venture

Philip and Sandra Arkwright were here late morning to see their KBRP horses Vinndication, Chateau Robin and their Racing For Maggies horse Another Venture. Lunch after?

Graham Potts was here for his Tuesday veterinary visit.. Flu vacs..

This weeks movers and shaker in the BHA handicap charts is Net Work Rouge down 3 to 122...

We are so very lucky to be living in this part of the country and last night Archie was playing cricket in Broadway..

Such a stunning village, beautiful houses and gardens that are kept immaculately. Pubs full of folk sitting outside enjoying yet another stunning evening. Sadly any chance of getting a free drink at Russell’s was off the menu as owner Andrew Riley had gone home early? I popped in to see Gill Sidgwick instead..

The country is steadily going mad and tomorrow it will be worse..

World Cup Semi Finals start tonight.. Belgium v France.. we, being England, play tomorrow in case you did not know.

Federer has not broken sweat at Wimbledon.. the man is something else. Nadal and he look set to fight it out in the finals?

If you do by chance buy or come across a Racing Post.. two good pieces today. John Dunlop as remembered by Alastair Down and Tom Kerr writes an excellent piece on The Palio. 


How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

Business conferences are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.

Why is it that at school reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?

Stroke a cat and you will have a permanent job.

No one has more driving ambition than the teenage boy who wants to buy a car.