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4th May 2016

0 degrees and sunny when driving in.

I love these early May mornings.. Driving in I have to avoid pigeons, deer, pheasants and many more.. animal watch?

Exeter last night was sunny and warm. Fast ground meant that we did not run Braw Angus in the bumper. Iain Buchan has been waiting nearly two seasons for his big homebred to run, but to start him off last night on that ground would have been a big mistake.

We did though run Such A Legend who was pleasingly second.. SAL has also had a long winter hating soft ground, so he too has been waiting. Foot problems have not been helpful, although time in Jim Wilson's swimming pool has.

It was a good run and Richie McLernon rode him well.

Knowing how Martyn Steer Fowler spoils his wife Sandra with intersting dinner dates.. Mrs B, who was with me last night, was keen for me to prove that I too was capable of Martyn's example. Help was needed.

A phone call to Philip Hobbs was no help as his top suggestion closed early, so google came to the resccue.. We love Japanese food and bingo I found one in Taunton...Sumo

Helpful staff but it did make me realise that Kibou Sushi in Cheltenham is a gem in comparison..

I am not sure Mrs B will be coming evening racing again...

More horses left the yard yesterday to head off for their summer holidays.

Charbel went home to his owners Julie and David Martin’s farm in Derbyshire where he joined Darna

Talking Darna.. We have decided to retire Darna as a racehorse.

Darna has been a star for his owners and his trainer.

I bought Darna for Julie and David at The Newbury Doncaster Sales after winning two hurdle races for Willie Amos. Buying him brought Julie and David back into the yard as owners on the retirement of trainer Paul Dalton.

Darna won 3 of his 5 races his first season for us and looked a chaser with a big future. Sadly he missed some time off the track due to a slight leg injury and while he was off we also tinkered with his wind. He came back and was impressive at Sedgefield and then of course he won at the Cheltenham Festival.. The owners and trainers dream came true.

Darna has left the yard fully fit and healthy, but off his current handicap mark he was going to struggle until he returned to a more realistic mark and that is not what either I or his owners wanted to see.. running around to gain a respectable mark to win one race and then shoot back up the handicap again.. He owes us nothing and has given us all the racing moment of a life time.. Darna deserves a happy and healthy retirement, and he will be spoilt rotten

David Bass was in to ride out this morning.. Speaking French now as his natural language.

We worked Vital Evidence, Gaelic Myth, Kilty Caul, Viaduct Jack, Policy Breach, Milord, Jimmy The Jetplane and Patsys Castle.  To watch the video please click here.

We have two runners today. Aunty Ann heads to Newton Abbot and Champagne To Go heads to Wetherby. For my thoughts on there respective chances please click here..

I have a long visit to the dentist late morning..

Someone asked an old man: "Even after 70 years, you still call your wife - Darling, Honey, Luv. What's the secret?

Old man: I forgot her name and I'm scared to ask

3rd May 2016

Plus 2 and sunny when driving in.

You have good days and bad days and yesterday was the latter.

Boy In A Bentley and Tom Bellamy parted company after the last when in front.. The saddle slipped. Whose fault.. I put the saddle on.. BIAB jinked badly after the last throwing all Tom’s weight onto one side.. small saddle and the weight and momentum caused the saddle to slip.

Frustrating (understatement) as BIAB looked to have the race won.. BIAB was not enjoying life in front.. we decided to make all as it was not a great race and with no pace we felt we were better out in front.

Whatever it all went wrong and the ‘good’ news it opened a can of abuse from punters and my phone became hot and on in box when I returned home… Do they really believe Tom fell off on purpose?

To make matters worse Mikey Hamill and Gallery Exhibition parted company when going well.. Both GE and BIAB went past the winning post in front, but without jockeys attached.

Monkhouse ran ok to finish 4th while at Warwick Same Ole Trix, who has been waiting for fast ground, saw a deluge of rain appear from the sky an hour before his race and the ground turned soft.. Yes not a good day in the office….

My mother in law sent this email over.. ‘’What a bummer of a day... goes without saying. I may have been to blame, cos I had a big hunch about Gallery Exhibition ( after his performance in the Topham!) so went to Ladbrokes this am and had a ‘punt’ on him and Boy in Bentley!! so it's my fault, I tempted fate’’

Ladbrokes in Kelso were considerably richer last night, by a fiver..

A new day

Tom Bellamy was in for a couple of lots… David Bass is now based in the South Of France.

We jumped Patsys Castle, Plan Again, King Simba, By The Boardwalk, Widow On The Run, Laval Noir, Aunty Ann and Champagne To Go

Rodney Lester and David Tribe called in third lot to see their horse Watcombe Heights canter.

Graham Potts our vet was in for his weekly visit

This weeks movers and shakers in the handicap charts are..Un Ace down 4 to 144, Net Work Rouge down 1 to 130

We have three runners today. Fizzy Dancer goes to Fakenham while Such A Legend and Braw Angus head South to Exeter.. For my thought on their chances please click here.

My mood might be not at its best this morning..Guy Faber sent this one over .. be warned..

A virile young lad did a paper-round and collected the money every Friday.

One Friday he called at Mrs Jones's house for the £5 she owed. "I'm so sorry but I'm completely broke at the moment and can't pay you" she said "would you like to have sex with me instead?"

"Yes OK" said the lad, who proceeded to drop his trousers and pants.

At this point Mrs Jones was surprised to notice him putting several washers on his substantial organ so she said to him "It's alright you don't need to do that, I can take it all", to which the lad replied "Not for £5 you can't."

To finish.. I watched The Game last night.. tempers frayed and goals scored..Leicester winning The Premier League is amazing stuff.. the making of dreams..

My Assistant Mat Nicholls on the other hand, when discussing the game this morning over a coffee reminded me that it was not as much of an achievement as Nottingham Forest winning the European Cup in 1978 and 1979....

2nd May 2016

Plus 11 and dry when driving in.. A bit of rain overnight.

Nam Hai ran a blinder at Goodwood on Saturday to finish 3rd. he probably should have finished 2nd but he struggled to handle the down hill part of course early on in the race. It was good run and again I wonder why nobody has taken up more shares in him.. Email to find out more. He will win.

Un Ace unseated Tom Bellamy 3 from home although he was struggling at the time.. the ground had gone soft after rain and poor horse just cannot jump out of it.. Hence the season over hurdles last and now a summer break in the hope we have better conditions when he returns.

Forgotten Hero ran well at Newmarket to finish 5th.. He looked like taking a big part in the finish two furlongs from home and we will drop him back in trip for his next run.. More to come from him.

Yesterdays Kim Bailey Racing Partnerships open day and lunch was a huge success..

70 KBRP members/owners called in here to see their horses parade and wander around the yard; this was followed by lunch for all at The Cheltenham Park Hotel.

A good lunch during which magician Richard Parsons entertained and this was followed by Matt Chapman and I talking.. Matt is so good at that sort of thing and my partnership folk thoroughly enjoyed their listen and day.

We left late….Some still there… I think they were staying.

This is what one person said yesterday..'You have no idea how much being a member of your partnerships mean to my husband.. He works hard all week and all that stress is lifted by a visit to Thorndale to see his two horses.. A walk up the gallops and he comes home a different person.. You should try and bottle that feeling. Thank you..''

Well done to Peter Kerr for organising the day.. It was fun and that is what being a member of our partnerships is all about.

Just in case you feel like joining our latest one.. Chateau Robin is our new horse and 8 of the 12 shares were sold yesterday.. For more details please ring Peter Kerr on 07901763643 or email

We have 4 runners today.

Same Ole Trix runs at Warwick and Boy in A Bentley, Monkhouse and Gallery Exhibition run at Kempton.. For my thoughts on their respective chances please click here.

Heard at lunch yesterday!!?

Wife: I wish I were a newspaper so I'd be in your hands all day.

Husband: I too wish that you were a newspaper, so I could have a new one every day!

30th April 2016

Minus 2 and dry when driving in.. The last day of April and I sincerely hope the last day of winter like weather.

Richie McLernon and Alfie Martindale rode out this morning.

We jumped Champagne To Go and Kilty Caul

Martyn and Sandra Steer Fowler were here second lot to see their horses Such A Legend and Fizzy Dancer.. They lease FD to the A&R Racing Club. Breakfast followed..

Yesterday during evening stables all my staff arrived in my office at 4.50 to watch Emily Gray run at Punchestown.

Emily Gray was hugely loved while she was here and it was testament to her that all my team arrived in my office to watch her.. They were mixed feeling for them seeing her run in Timmy Hyde’s colours rather than John Perris’s.. Anyway EG ran her usually tough race and all were happy to see her finish well in 4th

Talking Punchestown.. It is Irelands big festival and like Cheltenham and Aintree it is a special weeks racing.

I personally feel that it is sad that the racecourse don't make more effort to look  after owners (and trainers?)..Cheltenham and Aintree spoil owners and make them all feel very welcome..

I am not saying that Punchestown don't make them feel welcome as that is the nature of the Irish, but without with the tiny room run by Charles O'Neill, Sarah Gavin, Eimear Chance and others in ITM there would be no effort at all. They worked tirelessly looking after our needs, but sorry I felt the racecourse should do more..

Punchestown should take a leaf out of Cheltenham and Aintree’s book..We were crammed into two small hospitality boxes converted into one.. yes a small area and it felt like a sauna … it was though the only warm place on the racecourse when the snow sleet and rain fell..

Before you think.. moaning old git..I love racing at Punchestown and this week has been great fun as always.

Tomorrow is May 1st and not only would have been my fathers 102nd birthday it is also our Kim Bailey Racing Partnerships open day. 11am start here to see their horses and then lunch and a get together at The Cheltenham Park Hotel. Guest speaker is Matt Chapman and the whole day has been organised by team leader Peter Kerr.. It is what partnership racing is all about.. Fun and winners.. perhaps in that order?

We have two runners today and one tomorrow.. We venture on the flat at Goodwood with Nam Hai and Forgotten Hero at Newmarket tomorrow while Un Ace runs at Uttoxeter this afternoon.. For my thoughts on all their chances please click here..

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A man was looking for a place to sit in a crowded university library.

He asked a girl: "Do you mind if I sit beside you?"

The girl replied, in a loud voice "NO, I DON'T WANT TO SPEND THE NIGHT WITH YOU!"

All the people in the library started staring at the man, who was deeply embarrassed and moved to another table.

After a couple of minutes, the girl walked quietly to the man's table and said with a laugh: "I study psychology, and I know what a man is thinking; I bet you felt embarrassed, right?"

The man responded in a loud voice: "£250 FOR ONE NIGHT? ..... I`M NOT PAYING THAT MUCH!"

All the people in the library looked at the girl in shock. The man whispered to her: "I study law, and I know how to screw people.

Have a great weekend and if bored locally why not head to Withington Horse Trials

29th April 2016

Plus 4 when waking at 4.30 to catch my Aer Lingus flight home from Punchestown

It was cold, wet, snowy at the races last night.. in fact bloody miserable at times.. Net Work Rouge, who is a top of the ground horse, hated the yielding ground and pulled up..yielding stands for a multitude of sins.. but not fast ground?

On the other hand Royal Supremo won at Sedgfield giving the yard our first winner of the new 2016/2017 season with our first runner... well done Tom Bellamy for riding him so well..

Aiden Murphy and I bought Lot 7 Glenforde at last nights Goffs Sales which took place after racing..Some horses were bloody expensive as usual.. obviously the horse we bought was incredibly good value..

Tom Bellamy was in this morning.. we jumped a few and they were.. Aunty Ann, Widow On The Run, Such A Legend, Same Ole Trix, Plan Again, Gallery Exhibition, DidntItellya, Champagne To Go, Taras Rainbow, Fizzy Dancer and Un Ace

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28th April 2016

Plus 4 again outside my hotel bedroom..and raining.. apparently snow is on the way?

Yesterday morning was spent looking at horses and then racing at Punchestown. This was followed by supper with todays runners Net Work Rouge's owners John Wills and David Reid Scott.. A fun night with plenty of racing folk around.

Loads of old mates seen at the races yesterday.. David and Pamela Morton. Eddie Hales, Michael and Hillary Stroud and even Johhny and Laura Greenall..any many others including Diggy Rodber..

An easy day at home and waiting on grass to grow and be warm enough to turn horses out for their sumnmer holidays.. we had a heavy frost yesterday and might have again this morning..

Alain Dubois, Marcel Huaume, Marie-Claude Huaume and Gabe Harding called in mid morning to see Ascotdeux Nellerie. Marcel and Marie-Claude Huaume bred Ascotdeux Nellerie.

We have one runner over here today and one at Sedgfield tonight. For my thoughts on their chances please click here

Husband to wife - "Today is a fine day." Next day he says: "Today is a fine day." Again next day, he says same thing - "today is a fine day."

Finally after a week, the wife asks her husband - "since last week, you are saying today is a fine day. I am fed up. What's the matter?"

Husband: "Last week when we had an argument, you said, I will leave you one fine day. I was just trying to remind you."

27th April 2016

Plus 5 I believe when waking in my hotel in Naas.

Charbel who won best turned out was running well until making a howling mistake 3 from home which scuppered his chances; his first ever mistake..

Plans astray but we still had a great nights racing.. Isnt that what Punchestown is all about?

We have no runners today although I will be racing at Punchestown again.

You can watch a video of some of the horses working this morning by clicking here.

Moving on...

Richard Farquhar has, as you all know, been Walking The Courses for most of the last 13 months.. he has walked all 59, (or is it 60 as Newmarket seems to want to have two) British racecourses..

Richard has been walking all our racecourses for charity and as I am sure you probably already know his chosen charities are Racing Welfare and Pancreatic Cancer UK. I would like to ask and recommend that you, if you have not already, contribute through his web page.. please click here to donate.. Two stunningly worthwhile charities

Richard emailed me..

Having completed the final leg from Huntingdon to Newmarket last Thursday, on a day that I shall never forget, my attention is now fully focussed on the fund raising. The walking is complete, 2,910 miles under my belt.

The support that I have received from all parts of this wonderful racing game over the past 13 months has been astonishing and gratifying.

As I am sure that you are aware by now, I am raising money for Racing Welfare and Pancreatic Cancer UK, two fantastic causes that are both close to racing. May I ask if you might be able to help us in getting closer to our target of £1.4 million?

Our primary focus now is the Walking The Courses "Final Flight" Ball, to be held at the Hurlingham Club on May 19th. The evening will commence with a champagne reception, followed by a three course dinner, speeches (including The Hon Harry Herbert), auctions, micro pig racing and dancing. Nick Luck will be compering the evening.

If any of my owners or others who have a set of racing colours would like to display them on the Racecard for the evening please look at the flyer on the right and contact Richard..Please email Richard on richard@walkingthecourses.com for further details.. It should be a a terrific evening.

Aer Lingus delivered me on time yesterday..

A mother and young son were flying Aer Lingus.

The son, who had been looking out the plane's window, turned to his mother and said "Mom ... If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don't big planes have baby planes?"

Stumped for an answer the mother suggested to her son that he ask the stewardess.

The boy promptly got out of his seat and wandered back to the service area. "Excuse me" the boy said to the stewardess. "If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don't big planes have baby planes?"

"Did your mother tell you to ask me that?"

"Yes" He said nodding his head.

She whispered in the boy's ear, "Tell your mother it's because Aer Lingus always pulls out on time."

Of course they do ??

26th April 2016

Plus 5 and dry when driving in.

This morning we worked Patsys Castle and Forgotten Hero.

Our Vodafone signal in this area GL544LL has gone/died/removed. Something odd has happened as for the last week it has disappeared and it is driving Mat and I mad.. I don’t seem to have any signal at home, even with a vodfone booster box. It is bloody annoying, probably more so for Mat as he is never off it!!

This weeks movers and shakers in the handicap charts are.. Abbreviate down 3 to 122, Faerie Reel down 1 to 119, Grand March down 3 o 96, King Simba up 5 to 109, Mor Brook down 4 to 98, Thedrinkymeister up 5 to 116 and Younevercall up 9 to 135.

Aer Lingus again.. Am I wise?

If my flight takes off on time or at all.. then..

Heading to Punchestown this morning and will be there until Friday. Charbel runs there today and David Bass rides.. Net Work Rouge runs on Thursday.. For my thoughts on Charbel's chances today please click here..

Congratulations to Alex Fetherston-Godley on completing his first marathon in London on Sunday in a very respectable time of 3hrs 34 minutes and 43 seconds.

Alex's father Martin and I, when playing cricket for Lambourn, were once chastised by David Nicholson for walking rather than running between the wickets so Alex clearly does not get his running ability from his father.  

Alex was running on behalf of the Royal British Legion. Among others to complete the race for the first time on Sunday was David & Kathryn Todd's youngest daughter Georgia who was running on behalf of Children with Cancer UK.. If you fancy helping Alex raise some well received funds please click here to donate..

Ed Keating sent this email over yesterday..

''Nice blog this morning with interesting round up of the season. I have thoroughly enjoyed following the stable throughout the season from blogs, jokes, photos, videos, your interviews, some nice winners and of course the hard luck stories!

Molly's A Diva was a great memory for me at Ffos Las, (you reminded me of the star that didnt run that day!) plus Emily Gray at Huntingdon and Fairyhouse, Milord at Towcester, Sunblazer at Wolves, and of course, The Last Samuri..almost...all very exciting shouting him home from my sitting room, as you were losing your voice! 

I look forward to more of the same this season, and wish you and all the hard working team the very best of luck.

Looking forward to making that stable morning at Thorndale Farm, hopefully in the autumn.''

A prospective husband in a book store "Do you have a book called, 'Husband - the Master of the House'?

Sales Girl: "Sir, Fiction and Comics are on the 2nd floor."

25th April 2016

Plus 7 and drizzling when driving in.

Well that's the 2015/2016 season over..

Watching Sandown on Channel 4 on Saturday made me realise how quickly time flies.. Richard Johnson crowned Champion jockey and it only seems like a few months ago that AP was crowned and retired..

The year has gone so quickly and you can see that on AP’s face.. he has filled out and looks 10 years younger.. we all need a bit of that! Again Channel 4's coverage was brilliant.. ITV have a tough call as the bar has been raised..

Yes Saturday was great for Jump racing, well done to Paul Nicholls too, it has been a trying few weeks for him, but he prevailed..

2015/2016  for Kim Bailey Racing, Thorndale Farm was a  good one, even if a very wet one..

Looking back over the season we started with very few summer runners (something that will not happen this time) as we did not have many suitable horses to run. We had 5 summer winners compared to 20 the season before.. Makes a big difference to the stats..

Sunblazer opened our account for the season at Newton Abbott and although he did not win again over hurdles he did win 4 flat races for us on the all weather which was fun and different.

By The Boardwalk rattled in two early wins for John Perris and John went on to have a wonderful season and became our winning most owner with 12 winners from 32 runners..35% strike rate.. John's Emily Gray won 4 for him; not only was she tough and brave but she was also our first ever Irish racecourse winner.. Yes we will remember her fondly, as will we our failed flights to see her run…not so fondly..

Net Work Rouge became a first for us.. a dual winner for 'Uncle Johnny' and David Reid Scott..John and Liz Wills are big supporters of jump racing and point to pointing.

West End won at Perth, my favourite racecourse, for Dan Hall.

Crazy Jack and his owners were fun to train... The Clancy Clan and Oli Bell what a team..

Twelve Roses returned after a lengthy lay off to win first time out in a Novice Chase at Wetherby and set up some high sights. Sadly soft ground scuppered those thoughts, but he came back in the spring to show us that he was the good horse we thought.. sadly leg injured has curtailed his career all too soon..

Flemensmix was another who returned after two years off to win his two races; sadly then his past injury returned to haunt him. Flemensmix, like all who retire from here, now has a lovely new home outside racing.

Younevercall started Peter Kerr’s managed Kim Bailey Racing Partnerships well with an impressive win over hurdles at Uttoxeter and Peter’s other KBRP horses all showed something with Ascotdeux Nellerie, Mor Brook and Milord all winning.

Peter's other KBRP horses Silver Eagle, Knockanrawley, Taras Rainbow, Our Belle Amie and Un Ace all had difficult seasons.. Un Ace cannot jump out of heavy ground so it was back to the smaller obstacles; his hurdle campaign was OK and he did appear at the Cheltenham Festival for the third time in a row.. Something his owners will remember for years to come.. plenty don't even get that chance.

Silver Kayf showed great potential in his only bumper at Newbury and although Peter found it tough at times keeping the KBRP show on the road, he has good things to look forward to for next season.

Moving on..Charbel winning at Stratford was a relief and Julie and David Martin’s horse looked good for the season and did just that by running a blinder at Cheltenham in March.. yes he is a horse with a very bright future. The same can be said about Dueling Banjos.. this huge grey is an all consuming future chaser and watching his two hurdle wins was for me frightening .. he found those little wooden things far too small and I am sure he thought..why bother… DB has some jump in him and next season he goes chasing...exciting..

Mollys A Diva won in bottomless ground at Ffos Las.(why go there? I don't!). we were chuffed but looking back there was a non runner that day in the shape of Unowhatimeanharry off a rating of 123. Molly was handicapped to the hilt after and is now in foal to Telescope.

Talking bottomless ground.. Pulling Power won on it at Towcester for the Turf Club and PP's owner breeder Sandra Steer-Fowler..

Abbreviate won at Southwell and all smiles from owners.. not for long sadly as he found life after a bit difficult.. Red Spinner became our first of eight winners for new owners Paul and Clare Rooney. The Last Samuri, Cracked Rear View and Sainte Ladylime all had a fabulous first season here at Thorndale.. How could you ever forget The Last Samuri and Aintree.. Yes it was magical but also heart breaking.. We were very proud..

Battle Dust was a first winner for Mark and Melinda Laws as whole/individual/sole owners and although BD was involved in a couple of photo finishes he showed that he was capable of winning over hurdles and chasing next season should be fun....that was what he was bought for..

Gallery Exhibition, who loves Kempton, gave Glen and Caroline Swire, Gerard Clinton and Elisabeth Parker Jervis an exciting season and a great run over the National fences in the Topham.

The Drinkymeister and Champagne To Go capped John Perriss's good season with a double on the day at Wetherby.. John's first ever double as an owner.

The ever patient Mindy Partnership were rewarded with a fine bumper win with their horse Laval Noir and Henry Kimbell’s GSTTYKPA Charity Partnership won with Magic Money and King Simba.. many happy faces and much need cash for the charity.. Henry loves his racing and this partnership has been fun.

There were of course many disappointments over the winter..We missed Harry Topper and Derrintogher Bliss (they will be back next season) Matt Lambert not having a winner.. loads of places with his horse Trojan Star..your first will come Matt..

The wet weather did not help but looking back it was a good season and we raised the bar prize money wise and finished 19th in the trainers table with £612,450.00... 43 winners and 95 placed horses from 265 runners..Just under every third runner was placed...We also had 4 winners on the flat and one over fences in Ireland

We missed Jason Maguire as a jockey (we do see him as Paul and Clare Rooney's racing manager), but David Bass certainly raised his game and has forged a good partnership with the yard.. David had his best season with 54 winners, which made him the 14th winning most jockey in the country; David rode 33 winners for us.... David also spent the odd week on holiday for trying too hard..Thanks also to Tom Bellamy who rode 7 winners for us and to Richie McLernon for patiently riding out here on a weekly basis for no reward!

I cannot finish without thanking all my staff who have been wonderful.. Kerry Bellamy 'rules' the office and Sandie Wilkinson my business..

Leigh Pollard and Charlotte Boyce, who do all my travelling, won 73 best turned out awards.. a great testament to all the teams hard work. Mat Nicholls, my assistant has been invaluable..

We have so much to look forward to for the coming season.. But without such wonderful owners and staff I would not be here.. thank you all for a great 12 months.

Rock on 2016/2017 and lets have fun..

23rd April 2016

Plus 1 sunny and dry when driving in. Frost on the windscreen had to scraped off first.

Last night we had our last runner of the 2015/2016 jumps season and although Ascotdeux Nellerie did not win he did finish third. The rain had changed the ground and this top of the ground horse found it was too soft.. He has had a good enough season and with 2 wins and two thirds out of his five runs; Nellie now heads off for a summer break with loads to look forward to over fences next season.

I was not at Chepstow and from all accounts my top team nearly failed as the roads were jammed..I was buying horses with Aiden Murphy at the Cheltenham Tattersalls sales and came home with 2 new horses Lot 8 Chateau Robin and Lot 9 Shaluna.  Both will be looking for owners..

David Bass was in for the morning as was our vet Graham Potts who was in to scope our intended Punchestown runners Charbel and Net Work Rouge.

Paul and Elizabeth Kellar were here mid morning to see Faerie Reel and discuss her future. Gillian Morgan called in to see her horse Aunty Ann.

A big day at Sandown and all jump racing fans will be glued to their TV sets. Will Paul Nicholls retain his trainers title or will Willie Mullins win a first? It really has excited the jump racing fraternity.. This fight is going to the wire and both trainers are fielding strong teams to win an prize money on offer.

With so much at stake the pressure from both stable has been intense.. Nick Scholfield, who rides for Paul Nicholls, received a 9 day ban for using his whip too often in a chase at Exeter the night before last when beaten a head..The ever smiling and likable Nick does not use his stick, let alone get banned for doing so.. yes pressure..

Richard Johnson rightly wins the jockeys title and is a hugely deserved recipient.. Being a bridesmaid for nearly 20 years is tough so now they have made a new trophy especially for him.. A great moment for Richard..

The season closes and gives us all a chance of a  well deserved holiday.. Barbados? Spain? Cornwall? Scotland? .. whatever, we will be back in action when the season starts again at Towcester next Thursday... back to 0... for all..and fully refreshed.

A bookseller conducting a market survey asked a woman - "Which book has helped you most in your life?" The woman replied - "My husband's cheque book!!"

Have a great weekend..