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27th May 2017

Plus 15 and raining when driving in. Dust laying rain.

Worcester Racecourse.. As you well know I have a love hate relationship with Worcester.. More of the latter than the former.

Lets start with our two runners. Billy Elliott was fourth and again showed that there is improvement and when handicapping he should win a race. My Cousin Rachel was kicked at the start and that for some reason was her night over as she was never going and was eventually pulled up.. Time needed to look after owners who were all there and had made huge efforts to drive miles in horrendous traffic to be there

When you arrive at Worcester you soon realise that owners are not what the racecourse wants.. Well certainly when it comes to looking after them.The course had tents for sponsors and tents for those paying for a good night out. Then you have a wooden shack, which is about three times the size of a horses stable to cater for those who produce the nights entertainment.. the owners.

Last night it was warm and the crowd was good so that made the owners experience even worse because the owners and trainers box/ area was stifling hot.

Les Garside-Beattie and Nikki Heath who own and bred Billy Elliott brought some friends along for their first ever days racing. They enjoyed watching their friends horse run and when Nikki suggested of a bottle of champagne we set sail for the owners and trainers bar to drink and enjoy..

15 minutes of queuing and then Les were told there was no champagne .. wine .. no sorry sir we have run out of wine.. a pint of larger… sorry sir the taps are broke and we cannot serve any kegged beer although we do have Guinness and Cider on tap.. so we settle for a gin and tonic.. sorry sir but we have no ice as we have run out.. this was after the fourth race..

Great owner experience and those who were having their first days racing were far from impressed… There was of course the complementary sandwich.. the cheese looked the freshest part of the sandwich and what was seen behind the food area would have sent any health and safety officer into melt down..

Worcester it was awful and no amount of apologies were good enough.. Another owner left last night asking not to run there again.

There was some good..Worcester’s ground last night was as described; they had done a good job and it was safe, level and near as good as you could get after such a hot week.

A burger on the way home was my supper. Strensham Services and two armed Police looking after us..

Saturday and a new day.. Chester later where I know they pamper owners and I am so looking forward to my first visit as it is meant to be as a good as it gets when it comes to owners experience.

David Bass was in for two lots although not much left to ride out.

We have one runner today and two tomorrow. Sunblazer at Chester and tomorrow we run Nicely Indeed and Patsys Castle at Uttoxeter. For my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday..

26th May 2017

Plus 11 and dry when driving in.

Three days of unbelievably hot weather at Doncaster was only matched by three unbelievable days of horse trading.

Yesterday was meant to be Goffs quietest day but even that was 32% up on last year. Staggering results and being at the sale and trying to buy value was not something that was that possible..

We came home with another new horse and one that Peter Kerr will be syndicating. Yes another Dansili colt from Juddemonte and like last years horse Blazon our new horse Involve will not be a colt for much longer.

John and Penny Perriss were up yesterday but came home without a new horse having looked at couple that might have suited.. Both made well over budget targets.

The four horses Boy In A Bentley , Shaluna, Jimmy The Jetplane and Beyond Supremacy we sent to yesterdays sales all have new homes this morning.

The weather is again playing havoc with our racing as the ground at Warwick understandably had dried too quickly for Derrintogher Bliss to run yesterday.

We try again today with Billy Elliott and My Cousin Rachel at Worcester. For my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Gary Liptrot sent this puzzle over..

A farmer died leaving his 17 horses to his three sons. When his sons opened up the Will it read:

My eldest son should get 1/2 (half) of total horses;
My middle son should be given 1/3rd (one-third) of the total horses;
My youngest son should be given 1/9th (one-ninth) of the total horses.

As it's impossible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the three sons started to fight with each other. So, they decided to go to a farmer friend who they considered quite smart, to see if he could work it out for them. The farmer friend read the Will patiently, after giving due thought, he brought one of his own horses over and added it to the 17. That increased the total to 18 horses.

Now, he divided the horses according to their father's will. Half of 18 = 9. So he gave the eldest son 9 horses. 1/3rd of 18 = 6. So he gave the middle son 6 horses. 1/9th of 18 = 2. So he gave the youngest son 2 horses. Now add up how many horses they have:

Eldest son 9
Middle son 6
Youngest son 2
TOTAL = 17

Now this leaves one horse over, so the farmer friend takes his horse back to his farm. Problem solved!

Moral: The attitude of negotiation and problem solving is to find the "18thhorse", that is "the common ground". Once a person is able to find the 18th horse, the issue is resolved.

It is difficult at times, however, to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that there is a solution.

If we think that there is no solution, we won't be able to reach any.

25th May 2017

Plus 13 and dry when waking in Doncaster.

Yesterday was another hot day at Goffs Sales.. 24 degrees..That was the temperature, but the prices of horses reflected that too as the medium was up the best part of 50%


Aiden Murphy and I bought two horses .. Lot 417 and Lot.455A. two superstars? Ask me in a years time but they look pretty good at the moment.

A whole gang of us had supper in Bawtry last night taking Michael Dale out..Michael is retiring as a Director of Goffs in July and will be sorely missed..Top man and he has looked after us all so well for years..Happy retirement Michael, we will miss you..

Back to Goffs Sales today and the horses we are selling are Jimmy The Jetplane. Boy In A Bentley, Beyond Supremacy and Shaluna.. all are sound and will have other jobs in racing.

We have one runner this afternoon at Warwick; David Bass rides and for my thoughts on Derrintogher Bliss’s chances please click here.


The sport of choice for the urban poor is BASKETBALL.

The sport of choice for maintenance level employees is BOWLING

The sport of choice for front-line workers is FOOTBALL.

The sport of choice for supervisors is BASEBALL.

The sport of choice for middle management is TENNIS.


The sport of choice for corporate executives and officers is GOLF.

THE amazing fact is,

The higher you go in the corporate structure, the smaller your balls

There must be a boat load of people in Washington playing marbles.

Just in case you wanted to say something .. today is not my most favourite day of the year?

24th May 2017

Plus 13 and dry when waking in Doncaster.

Wow yesterdays trade was spectacular.. up 22% on last year.. Goffs were understandably delighted but it made buying bloody difficult. I came away with lot 53 and lot 231.. hopefully they will prove to be two good buys..

Back there today with the horses in training side.

David Bass was into ride out two lots this morning..

Harry Bailey heads off to Sydney today.. Life changing for him and I wish him the best.. I have to say I will miss him.

Thanks for the email Tom Bailey (no relation).. I have passed it on..

We have no runners today.

John Turner sent this one over..

A man and his wife were awakened at 3:00 am by a loud pounding on the door.

The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push...

"Not a chance," says the husband, "it is 3:00 in the morning!"

He slams the door and returns to bed.

"Who was that?" asked his wife..

"Just some drunk guy asking for a push," he answers.

"Did you help him?" she asks.

"No, I did not, it's 3am in the morning and it's bloody pouring rain out there!"

"Well, you have a short memory," says his wife. "Can't you remember about three months ago when we broke down, and those two guys helped us?

I think you should help him, and you should be ashamed of yourself! "God loves drunk people too you know.

The man does as he is told, gets dressed, and goes out into the pounding rain.

He calls out into the dark, "Hello, are you still there?"

"Yes," comes back the answer.

"Do you still need a push?" calls out the husband.

"Yes, please!" comes the reply from the dark.

"Where are you?" asks the husband.

"Over here on the swing," replied the drunk..

23rd May 2017

Plus 12 and dry when driving in.

We woke to terrible news from Manchester. Thoughts for all involved.

Tom Bellamy was in this morning.. we worked Forgotten Hero, Sunblazer and Patsys Castle.

I was on the road early heading to Goffs Sales in Doncaster. It looks like a warm few days so the sales area will be dusty!

This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts are.. Boy in a Bentley up 5 to 117, Patsys Castle new chase mark of 105, Royal Supremo up 2 to 117 and Such a Legend up 2 to 126.

Graham Potts our vet was in for his Tuesday visit.. Not much for him to see.

We have no runners today.

An old one today..

There was a discussion about the cost of entry into Premiership football matches where ticket prices of £60 or £100 per game is not uncommon.

An elderly chap being interviewed said he could recall many years ago arriving at the turnstiles when the attendant greeted him with:  "That will be ten quid, mate".
"What?" the old chap said, "I could get a woman for that!"

Without batting an eyelid, the fellow on the turnstile retorted, "Not for 45 minutes each way with a brass band and a meat pie in the interval, you couldn't.”

22nd May 2017

Plus 11 and dry when driving in.

It rained at Bangor on Friday night and Saturday morning and the ground changed to soft. Sonneofpresenting who would have been favourite for his chase came home without stepping one foot on their racecourse...Frustrating but we all know that one.

Sonneofpresenting is by Presenting and like many of his offspring prefers faster ground.. there will be other days this summer for him.

Yesterday was spent with Nicholas and Cherry Jones firstly wandering around their stunning stud looking at their mares and offspring including a 3 year old filly by Fame and Glory out of Cinderella Rose who heads this way in September and secondly a perfect Sunday lunch.. A rarity as we had no runners yesterday.

Clare spent yesterday watching Archie play cricket at St Edwards in Oxford in the under 12s schools county games against Gloucester Oxfordshire and Wales for the Wynyard Gibb Cup.. She is slowly learning to appreciate this great game…?

Not sure this made good reading ..

We have no runners today and most of this week will be spent up at Doncaster where Goffs are holding their annual Spring sale.

A lesson to be learned from typing the wrong email address!!

A Northern couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter.

They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.

Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules.  So, the husband left Newcastle and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day.

The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife.

However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realising his error, sent the e-mail.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Lancashire a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral.

He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack.

The widow decided to check her e-mail expecting messages from relatives and friends.

After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted.

The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To:  My Loving Wife
Subject:  I've Arrived
Date:  May 11, 2017

I know you're surprised to hear from me. I've just arrived and have been checked in. I'm able to send emails to my loved ones.

I've seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow.

Looking forward to seeing you then!

Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P. S.  Sure is freaking hot down here!!!!

20th May 2017

Plus 5 and sunny when driving in. May is a great month and these early morning are just so beautiful.

Supper last night with Martin and Tania Chisholm in The Wheatsheaf.

David Bass was in this morning.

We jumped My Cousin Rachel, Patsys Castle, Nicely Indeed, Jupiters Gift and Derrintogher Bliss.

Nick Sutton and Giles Smyly were here first lot to see the horses we have going to Goffs sales next week

Henrietta Clinton was here to see her fathers horse Gallery Exhibition out at grass

Iain And Angela Bell were here to see their KBRP horses Knockanrawley and Our Belle Amie out at grass.

Mathew Cain was also here to see his KBRP horse Ascotdeux Nellerie

We have one runner this weekend and that is Sonneofpresenting today at Bangor on Dee.. For my thoughts on his chances please click here.

You need to be able to remember the era to really enjoy this....

It was a hot Saturday evening in the summer of 1958 and Fred had a date with Peggy Sue. He arrived at her house and rang the bell.

"Oh, come on in!" Peggy Sue's mother said as she welcomed Fred in. "Peggy Sue will be down in a minute."

"So, what are you and Peggy planning to do tonight?" she asked.

"Oh, probably catch a movie, and then maybe grab a bite to eat at the malt shop, maybe take a walk on the beach..."
"Peggy likes to screw, you know," Mom informed him.

"Uh...really?" Fred replied, with raised eyebrows.

"Yes," said the mother. "As a matter of fact, she'd screw all night if we let her!"
"Is that so?" asked Fred, incredulous.

"Well, thanks for the tip," Fred said as he began thinking about alternate plans for the evening.

"Have fun, kids," the mother said as they left.

Half an hour later, a completely disheveled Peggy Sue burst into the house and slammed the front door behind her.

"The TWIST, Mom!" she angrily yelled at her mother. "THE DAMN DANCE IS CALLED THE TWIST!!!"

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday..

19th May 2017

Plus 8 and damp when driving in.

Rain around again last night which can only be good news.

Michael Storey celebrated a birthday yesterday and his wife Angie set about entertaining 20 mates for dinner last night and we were lucky enough to catch the selectors eye.

Great food, good company and certainly excellent fine wine which was always going to be the case as Michael is behind the well know local wine business 'The Savage Selection' run by Master Of Wine Mark Savage...Suffice to say that it was a late night and no ill feelings this morning.

Somebody who does have ill feelings this morning is trainer  Hughie Morrison who yesterday was charged with a failed dope test for steroids found in one of the horses in his care.. A criminal offence in racing.

I know Hughie well and I for one would vouch for him and know that he would certainly not have used any form of steroid on one of his horses, but Hughie is in charge and one of his lowly horses was found to have the banned drug Nandrolone in her blood system.

Zero tolerance is important and Hughie has been a huge advocate for this tough line. Of course he has no idea how Nandrolone has arrived in the blood test and as you can imagine no stone has been left un turned while he and others try and find the source.

I wrote some time ago on here that we trainers are open to all sorts of abuse and one of the big worries is that an ex employee with a grudge could all too easily create havoc by injecting a horse with a banned substance when no one is looking.

It is sadly all too easy for stable staff to get hold of something and inject a horse.

I am not suggesting here that this is the case but if you have a suspicious mind you can see it happening.

We now have forms that owners and trainers have to sign when horses move from stable to stable so we have dates to prove the health of horses in our care..We take on trust that when we send our horses away that they come back clean..

Yes Dick Francis eat your heart out..but the buck stops at the top..

Tom Bellamy was in this morning to ride out a couple of lots.

We have no runners today.

A man was riding on a London bus minding his own business when the gorgeous woman next to him started to breast-feed her baby. 

The baby wouldn't take it so she said, "Come on sweetie, eat it all up or I'll have to give it to this nice man next to us."

Five minutes later the baby was still not feeding, so she said, "Come on, honey.  Take it or I'll give it to this nice man here."  

A few minutes later the anxious man blurted out, "Come on kid.  Make up your mind!  I was supposed to get off four stops ago at Shepherd`s Bush!"

18th May 2017

Plus 4 and dry when driving in. The sun was shining very brightly this morning..

26 mm of water landed on us yesterday and that was the first significant rain for at least two months. The horses in the fields were going mad last night rolling and playing in the mud.

Worcester had the rain too which made the ground soft. We took Jupiters Gift out and the other two in You’re a Lady and Billy Elliott both found the soft ground very unsuitable.

Very sad news that Northern trainer Alan Swinbank died suddenly yesterday. Son Harry rode out for Alan for a while when he was studying at Newcastle Univesity and much admired him. Alan was a good trainer and a good man to talk too.. He will be much missed.

My lunch in London with Harry was good.. A new life starts for him next week and yesterday was a day to say goodbye and chat..

Darren and Jo Smith were here mid morning to see their KBRP horses Monrocco and The Vinnie Roe gelding.

We have no runners today and with more horses heading out to grass the yard is becoming really very quiet.

Ian Reid sent this one over...
A farmer named Paddy had a car accident. He was hit by a truck owned by the Eversweet Company.  In court, the Eversweet Company's hot-shot lawyer was questioning Paddy.

'Didn't you say to the police at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine?' asked the lawyer.

Paddy responded: 'Well, I'll tell you what happened. I'd just loaded my fav'rit cow, Bessie, into da... '

'I didn't ask for any details', the lawyer interrupted. 'Just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine!'?'

Paddy said, 'Well, I'd just got Bessie into da trailer and I was drivin' down da road.... '

The lawyer interrupted again and said, 'Your Honour, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the police on the scene that he was fine. Now, several  weeks after the accident, he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question.

By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in Paddy's answer and said to the lawyer: 'I'd like to hear what he has to say about his favourite cow, Bessie'.

Paddy thanked the Judge and proceeded. 'Well as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my fav'rit cow, into de trailer and was drivin' her down de road when this huge Eversweet truck and trailer came tundering tru a stop sign and hit me trailer right in da side. I was trown into one ditch and Bessie was trown into da udder. By Jaysus I was hurt, very bad like, and didn't want to move.However, I could hear old Bessie moanin' and groanin'. I knew she was in terrible pain just by her groans.

Shortly after da accident, a policeman on a motorbike turned up. He could hear Bessie moanin' and groanin' too, so he went over to her.

After he looked at her, and saw her condition, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes.

Den da policeman came across de road, gun still in hand, looked at me, and said, 'How are you feelin'?

'Now, wot da fook would you say?

17th May 2017

Plus 13 and wet when driving in. Yes we had rain overnight.

The rain arrived just in time at Warwick to allow Rhaegar to run in their last race the bumper yesterday.

I walked the course or rather drove and got out at the areas I was concerned about from their Saturday nights meeting .. It was just about OK and then it rained.

Rhaegar is a huge chasing sort who wanted every bit of rain that arrived. We love this horse and he showed why when winning impressively. 

Hats off to Grahame and  Diana Whateley as this horse has been around here for the best part of two seasons. Patience is a virtue and yesterday their patience was rewarded.

Rhaergar has now gone home for the summer with Annabel Murphy, whose husband Aiden bought him as a 3 year old.

Our other runner in the bumper El Presente ran a blinder.

Both horses were very green and EP showed he was far more babyish than Rhaegar but ran through to finish a most encouraging third.

He is entered at next weeks Goffs sales and I just wonder if he will go.. I believe he will  staying here now that he has shown more on the racecourse than at home..

Click here to watch Rhaergar and El Presente's bumper..

The traffic was horrid again for the Steer-Fowlers.. It seems that when ever I run one of their horses the roads become grid locked.. They arrived at Southwell (from Devon) just as Such A Legend was jumping the third last (in front).

SAL ran a blinder but finished second.. beaten by a progressive hurdler (who was beaten easily last time by Rocky Treasure) who was having his first run over fences.. SAL also heads to the Goffs Sales next week and showed that he will give somebody a great deal of fun in years to come.

David Bass was in this morning for two lots.

There really is not much going on here bar steam cleaning.. the top barn is empty and the bottom one is seeing empty stables as more horses head out to grass.. this rain will encourage grass growth..

We have three runners today at Worcester. You’re a Lady, Jupiters Gift and Billy Elliott.. All three horses are good ground or fast ground horses.. If they run then here are my thoughts on their chances..

I am in London today. Harry Bailey is leaving the country next week to start working in Australia for Gai Waterhouse, so today is my last chance to see him..

Jack Jones is heading to saddle at Worcester today..

This election campaign is all so false.. well the promises are, but there is one that made me laugh.. Teresa May is encouraging me to go to Chepstow and Ffos Las more often by pledging to remove the toll charges over the Severn.. whatever next?

Brilliant body art video..