Baileys Blog

17th November 2018

Plus 7 and damp when driving in.

It was foggy which wasn't be good news for those coming to the yard this morning.

You had to be pleased with Station Master's run at Cheltenham yesterday. I hate being second and at Cheltenham too is pretty gaulling, but having said all that he ran a blinder to finish second to a good horse in The Young Master who has come down in the weights and looks to be back on track again..

After racing I attended the Tattersalls Sales and although most were point to pointers there were a couple of decent bumper horses. The top price was £190,000.00 for a horse who had been beaten in a point.. second..

I bought lot 42, a stunning grey 3 year old gelding who had bolted up in his only bumper called Adjourned.. A horse ready to go and big enough to jump fences after a hurdling career and at £110K to me was far better value..He is for sale...Ring Peter Kerr on 07901763643.. or me..

David Bass was in this mornng before heading to Uttoxeter. We jumped First Flow and Charbel.

This morning visitors from CD Tours were Colin McLeod and Robbie McGarry, Airdrie plus Sue, Frank, Matt and Lauren Walden

Simon Craig and his Jack were also here for a morning on the gallops and breakfast..

Ian Robinson and Michelle to see their Imperial Racing Imperial Aura..

Warren Bolton here to see his KBRP horse Balleticon

Tim Richardson here to see his KBRP horse Pond Road

John and Mandy Battershall were here to see their KBRP horses Younevercall and Lord Apparelli

The Jockey Clubs horse Hes No Trouble heads to Cheltenham to Parade at Cheltenham - 11.45am

We have 4 runners today at Uttoxeter and one tomorrow at Cheltenham.

Today we run Arthurs Sixpence and Gallows Point in the same race,  Peeping Tom and Agent Memphis and tomorrow we run Two For Gold at Cheltenham and for my thoughts please click here.

Owner of the month.. Kevin Clancy who owns tomorrows runner Two For Gold..

Have a great weekend.. Cricket exciting.. Root brilliant yesterday

16th November 2018

Plus 11 and dry when driving in..

That is too warm for the time of year and I fear we will pay for it soon enough!

Diamond Gait won well yesterday at leafy Ludlow. She was always handily placed and when joined at the last she stuck her head out and went 3 lengths clear by the time the winning post was passed.

It was a really taking performance.

A delighted owner in Norman Carter who long term aims to breed from this tough mare. She has now won her bumper and her hurdle race so she is going the right way.

Norman and I walked the course before deciding to run. The ground was good and with plenty of moisture.. a couple of faster areas, but on the whole it was as described.

Ludlow and the surrounding area looked stunning yesterday in the autumn sun .. Their owners and trainers has improved too..

Good to see Graham Lloyd racing yesterday.

Graham was still smiling after his excellent day on Monday when his horse Younevercall won at Kempton.. It was then a quick drink with Richard Sheppard and John Webber and home to Cheltenham sales..

Cheltenham Weekend and as always a busy one too.

Rob Bevis was in the area so first lot we jumped First Flow, Rhaegar, Silver Kayf, Rockys Treasure, Charbel and Sainte Ladylime over poles.. all his summer interns. Rob had all these horses with him during the summer helping their jumping.

Second lot we were joined by Ian and Tocky Mckie who were here to see their youngster and KBRP horse Yeavering Belle.

Cheltenham races early and then a runner in the first race with Station Master and for my thoughts on his chance please click here.

Sales time after racing… and judging by the prices of foals in Ireland this week they are not going to be cheap..

Ian Reid is back..

Female Medical Examination

During a lady's medical examination, the British doctor says, "Your heart, lungs, pulse and blood pressure are all fine.

Now let me see the part that gets you ladies into all kinds of trouble."

The lady starts taking off her undies but is interrupted by the doctor.

"No! No! .... Just stick out your tongue!"

To finish we have a new Owner Of The Month.. Kevin Clancy... a good read Kevin..

15th November 2018

Plus 11 and dry when driving in.

Thursday is our easy day but not for Megeela and the Morozov gelding who worked.

Richard and Sara Fabian were here third lot to see their KBRP horses Shantou Express and Royal Supremo.

The ground at Exeter yesterday was faster than predicted and I suppose Sea Story being balloted out was a blessing as we would probably not have run..

I am heading to Ludlow early to walk the course before making a decision to run Diamond Gait in the first. I have total trust in Simon Sherwood calling of the ground, but it is a habit and one that needs feeding! It will be my first visit this winter.. I like Ludlow.

Anyway for my thoughts on Diamond Gait's chances please click here.

After Ludlow I am heading into Cheltenham and the racecourse to look at the horses that are coming up for sale after racing tomorrow.. The first Tattersall’s Cheltenham sale.. 50 odd horses mostly with Irish point to point form.

Chris Munro sent this one over....

My flight was being served by an obviously gay flight attendant, who seemed to put everyone in a good mood as he served us food and drinks.

As the plane prepared to descend, he came swishing down the aisle and told us that..

'Captain Marvey has asked me to announce that he'll be landing this big scary plane shortly, so lovely people, if you could just put your trays up, that would be super.'

On his trip back up the aisle, he noticed this well-dressed and rather Arabic  looking woman hadn't moved a muscle...

'Perhaps you didn't hear me over those big brute engines, but I asked you to raise your trazy-poo, so the main man can pitty-pat us on the ground.'

She calmly turned her head and said...

'In my country, I am called a Princess and I take orders from no one.' 

To which the flight attendant replied, without missing a beat,

'Well, sweet-cheeks, in my country I'm called a Queen, so I outrank you. Tray-up, Bitch!'

14th November 2018

Plus 10 and dry when driving in.

When your lucks in, even the stable cat will win .. That’s the old saying.

I don’t have a stable cat but.. Luck was with us yesterday as By The Boardwalk’s girth snapped with a circuit to go .. The breast girth that holds the saddle in place also broke from the pressure of the saddle going back, so when  David Bass pulled up after passing the winning post there was not much holding the saddle on…Yes lucky..

First time cheek pieces might have helped after yet another wind operation (4th for this horse )but it might have been a case of David Bass persuading John Perriss to allow him to ride John’s favourite horse. Whatever, it was a good win for an old horse who was heading to retirement.

John Perriss was thrilled with his winner as he loves BTBW.. John described yesterdays win as one of the best days he has ever had on a racecourse..

What now? We will see how BTBW comes out of yesterday race and then see what the handicapper does and look at suitable races and if … ?

Top marks for Huntingdon for putting this race on as these veteran races are hugely popular but they usually are framed as 0-150.. yesterday race was 0-125.

Gallery Exhibition who pulled up yesterday in the same race now heads down the pointing route and he too will have another wind op before he starts again..

David Bass was in this morning to ride work and jump a few. Nick Sutton who usually rides BTBW when in and has been saying for ages that the horse feels great was in to ride out one lot.

We jumped Arthurs Sixpence, Agent Memphis, Another Venture, Bandon Roc, Ben Arthur, Charbel, Cresswell Legend, Diamond Gait, First Flow, Gallows Point, Rose To Fame, Silver Kayf and Two For Gold.

Videos of this mornings lots and schoolers can be seen here:

First Lot,

Second Lot,

Schooling

Second lot Steve and Chris Adams with Simon and Ruth Krank  were here to see Steve’s KBRP horses Silver Kayf and Pond Road.

We have no runners today as our only planned runner Sea Story was balloted out of the mares novice hurdle at Exeter.. That was bloody annoying news yesterday…

We have finally found a fabulous home for Harry Topper.. Poor Harry has had two attempts to find a new home and both new riders found him unsuitable..

Good news as Kayleigh Thompson, who used to ride him and look after him when she worked here, has taken him on.. Harry is now based in Ireland and both Kayleigh and Harry are very happy..

I rehome horses regularly and always say that if it is not working out then they must always come back here.. I don’t like not knowing where they are.. A happy Harry Topper is hugely important to me.  He was the horse who put me back on the map..

This came from one of SS's owners..

Douglas Bader was giving a talk at an upmarket girl’s school about his time as a pilot in World War II...

“So there were two of the f***ers behind me, three f***ers to my right, another f***er on the left,” he told the audience.

The headmistress went pale and interjected: “Ladies, the Fokker was a German aircraft.”

Sir Douglas replied: “That may be, madam, but these f***ers were in Messerschmitts.”

13th November 2018

Plus 4 and dry when driving in.

Well you have to say that was not a bad day at the office.

Vinndication I thought was impressive when winning on his first attempt over the bigger obstacles..

They are big fences at Carlisle and he jumped them well. With no pace in the race David Bass sent Vinndication off in front and set a sensible pace. Jumping well the horse was enjoying himself. He was challenged twice by horses owned by Clare and Paul Rooney and twice Vinndication battled past them. In the end he won cosily and looks to have a very bright future over fences.. he has now won all five of his racecourse starts.

Happy team of owners there yesterday included Darren Smith, Phil and Gill Andrews, Philip and Sandra Arkwright and Geoffrey and Mary Irving.. Those who couldn’t make it included Susan Brien, Geri Worcester, John Benson, David Ratcliffe, David Whalton, Garry Andrews and Colin Stewart.

Down South at Kempton where the sun shone, unlike Carlisle where it rained most of the day.. Anyway Thibault ran a most encouraging race to finish 3rd on his hurdle debut.. It looked a goodish race on paper and the winner is one of Nicky Henderson’s best.. On the whole he jumped well and it was a good way to start.

Younevercall had cheek pieces on his head for the first time and my did they help.. YNC never came off the bridle and bolted up by 12 lengths.. Not sure the handicapper is going to be that impressed but it was good day and ride from Mikey Hamill who so deserved this win as there are not many jockeys around who work as hard as he does..

A strong team of owners there to support and enjoy included Colin Stewart, John Battershall, Nick Cook, Allan Snow, Graham Lloyd and Tim Caven.. missing were Steve O’Shaughnessy, Mark Hudson and Steve Winter.

Our last runner of the day was Cloone Lady who did not run well and looked all wrong .. Something amiss with her..

Yesterday was a good day for the hard working Peter Kerr.. Two of his KBRP horses won.. He was last seem with Phil and Gill Andrews heading to catch the train from Carlisle to Milton Keynes.. no pain.. no strain..smiling..

It was a long day.. The M6 is a horror but sharing the driving with David Bass helped.. There was a moment going up that I thought we might not make it in time.. Looking for suitable jockey to ride Vinndication, if we failed, also failed, as all were in the same traffic jam.... it finally cleared in time.

Tuesday morning and Those Tiger Feet and Prince Llywelyn had an away day.

Paul Higgs was here third lot to see his KBRP horse Peeping Tom.

Graham Potts our vet was in.. he too was smiling as he took his girl friend Jackie to Maldives last week and proposed to her underwater!! She accepted.. ..

This weeks mover and shaker in the BHA handicap charts was Mon Palois down 1 to 120.

We have two runners today at Huntingdon. Both in the same race. Gallery Exhibition and By The Boardwalk and for my thoughts please click here.

Talking of my thoughts.. John Mealy emailed me last night to say…

'What the f..k do you know about normal working class people you horrible Tory shite. You snivel to priviledge whilst your political rulers sell off huge swathes of our precious NHS to Branson and US buyers.You conned the arses off punters with Clarcam last year. Your shitty site asking for money in order to receive duff information in respect of your runners isn't worth two bob. Stick the stale jokes up your arse you clown.'

Perhaps the above was not really meant for me as Clarcam is trainered by Gordon Elliot!

Whats in common with these two google Reviews.. 

12th November 2018

Plus 3 and dry when driving in.

Talking dry.. Farmer Patrick Bailey and part owner of Another Venture emailed last night to say there will be no more rain for at least 2 weeks..

The ground was Somme like at Ffos Las yesterday.. Alfie Corbitt struggle in it and should have run better.. he will have learnt from yesterday as we have. Several hotly fancied horses became stuck in the mud..

Francis Howard represented Highclere and Highclere owners Glen and Sarah Miller made for an enjoyable afternoon.. Mrs B made her maiden journey to the far side of Wales too.

We jumped a few yesterday morning as the rain had come and the ground was perfect for jumping horses. Jockeys David Bass and Tom Bellamy were in as was Guy Disney. We jumped Gallery Exhibition, First Flow, Station Master, Silver Kayf, Johnny Ocean, Gallows Point, Sea Story, Diamond Gait, Diva Reconce and Thibault.

We have for runners today. Up at Carlisle we run Vinndication while at Kempton we run Thibault, Younevercall and Cloone Lady and for my thoughts on their chances please click here

Watching and listening to all the stories and services yesterday was incredibly moving and last night programmes on the First World War continued to remind us how lucky we are, and how much we need to thank a generation that shaped what we are today.. and on that note in finish with extract from The War Horse.. 1914-18.

I was pulled from my field, from my work, from my play. Never again to see England in Lands far away, through death and destruction, through blood, sweat and tears, I carried my master along with my peers.

So today I ask you, to remember a while, along with the soldiers in smart rank and file, remember our beauty, the strength of our kind, as we galloped through danger without care to mind.

For we were the horses, thrust in to war, And we gave up our lives for your peace evermore.

We will remember them.

10th November 2018

Plus 8 and damp when driving in.. God that was a very wet windy night we have just had...

A Saturday morning with no visitors.. David Bass was in, but then he is no visitor.

We worked a few and we have Guy Disney calling in tomorrow to jump Gallery Exhibition.. we might well jump a few more too.

No runners today which was not planned, but that as they say that happens when things don’t go quite to plan. Horses!

We do have one runner tomorrow at Ffos Las and or my thoughts on Alfie Corbitt’s chances please click here.

A sign posted in Germany 's Black Forest :

IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN ON OUR BLACK FOREST CAMPING SITE, THAT PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT SEX, FOR INSTANCE, MEN AND WOMEN, LIVE TOGETHER IN ONE TENT, UNLESS THEY ARE MARRIED WITH EACH OTHER FOR THIS PURPOSE.

Hotel, Zurich :
BECAUSE OF THE IMPROPRIETY OF ENTERTAINING GUESTS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX IN THE BEDROOM, IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE LOBBY BE USED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

Advertisement for donkey rides, Thailand :
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RIDE ON YOUR OWN ASS?

Airline ticket office, Copenhagen :
WE TAKE YOUR BAGS AND SEND THEM IN ALL DIRECTIONS.

A Laundry in Rome :
LADIES, LEAVE YOUR CLOTHES HERE AND THEN SPEND THE AFTERNOON HAVING A GOOD TIME.

And finally, the all-time classic, Seen in an Abu Dhabi Souk shop window:
IF THE FRONT IS CLOSED, PLEASE ENTER THROUGH MY BACKSIDE.

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday..

9th November 2018

Plus 9 and damp when driving in.. More rain on the way?

There are some great small racecourses in this country and Market Rasen is one of them.

I know we (being owners and trainer) were spoilt by being asked to join the Directors for lunch; but having said that it was hugely appreciated by myself and Mon Palois’s owners Elizabeth and Paul Kellar.

It was a good day and their horse ran respectably to finish third in his first chase... More to come from MP now that he has qualified for handicaps.

More importantly.. Bud Booth, the ex racecourse Chairman, not only had the main race named after him (appropriately it was a mares race, not a memorial) but was on hand to present the prize to winning connection..he also suggested that he, along with Roger Weatherby Tommy Cooper and Jeremy Bradbeer should donate to Mrs B's charity The Home Farm Trust.. they did and £60 heads Clare’s way..

A long way home, but charity benefited..

Net Work Rouge was sold yesterday and has a new home.. he is going pointing and I really hope he wins many races for his new owners.

We have no runners today..

On a poster at Kencom:
ARE YOU AN ADULT THAT CANNOT READ? IF SO, WE CAN HELP.

In a City restaurant:
OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK AND WEEKENDS.

In a Cemetery:
PERSONS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING FLOWERS, FROM ANY BUT THEIR OWN GRAVES .

Tokyo hotel's rules and regulations:
GUESTS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO SMOKE, OR DO OTHER DISGUSTING BEHAVIOURS, IN BED.

On the menu of a Swiss Restaurant:
OUR WINES LEAVE YOU NOTHING TO HOPE FOR.

In a Tokyo Bar:
SPECIAL COCKTAILS FOR THE LADIES WITH NUTS.

Hotel, Yugoslavia:
THE FLATTENING OF UNDERWEAR WITH PLEASURE IS THE JOB OF THE CHAMBERMAID.

Hotel, Japan:
YOU ARE INVITED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHAMBERMAID ..

In the lobby of a Moscow Hotel, across from a Russian Orthodox Monastery:
YOU ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE CEMETERY, WHERE FAMOUS RUSSIAN AND SOVIET COMPOSERS, ARTISTS, AND WRITERS ARE BURIED DAILY, EXCEPT THURSDAY.


8th November 2018

Plus 7 and damp when driving in.

Rain here yesterday in biblical terms. My phone could not cope with getting that wet in my pocket and took part of the day off work..Anyway it was much needed although it was only in the West of the country judging by last night going reports.

We were thrilled with Balleticon’s run in the bumper at Chepstow yesterday. Second in a very hot bumper and he certainly looks a horse with a very bright future .. he left his Southwell bumper form miles behind.

Thursday is our easy day.

Second lot this Ian Brotherton, was here to see his KBRP horses Arthur’s Sixpence and Subway Surf and Darren Smith was here to see his KBRP horses Arthurs Sixpence and Vinndication.

Karen Masters was here third lot to see her KBRP horses Knockanrawley and Mergeela

Net Work Rouge heads to Tattersalls Ascot Sales today and if anybody reading this would like to purchase a great point to pointer or Hunter Chaser then this is your horse. He is sound and ready to go.

On the racing front we have just the one runner at Market Rasen. Mon Palois heads there and for my thoughts please click here.

In the Cirencester area later today? Please support Mrs B's charity fair in aid of The Home Farm Trust

Wonderful English from Around the World ..

In a Bangkok Temple :
IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER A WOMAN, EVEN A FOREIGNER, IF DRESSED AS A MAN.

Cocktail Lounge, Norway:
LADIES ARE REQUESTED NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN IN THE BAR.

Doctor's Office, Rome :
SPECIALIST IN WOMEN AND OTHER DISEASES.

Dry Cleaners, Bangkok :
DROP YOUR TROUSERS HERE FOR THE BEST RESULTS.

A Nairobi Restaurant:
CUSTOMERS WHO FIND OUR WAITRESSES RUDE OUGHT TO SEE THE MANAGER.

On the main road to Mombasa , leaving Nairobi :
TAKE NOTICE: WHEN THIS SIGN IS UNDER WATER, THIS ROAD IS IMPASSABLE.

7th November 2018

Plus 11, windy and drizzling when driving in.

We have not had the rain that was promised…

Blazon was outpaced at Wolverhampton yesterday.. expected, but until he has had three runs we will not be able to choose where he goes.. hard to find races for him until he has a handicap mark.

David Bass was in. We worked a few and jumped Vinndication, Red River, Two For Gold, Younevercall, Peeping Tom, Mon Palois, Thibault and Cloone Lady. Watch videos of this morning exercise First Lot, Second Lot, Schooling

Russell and Leslie Fields were here second lot to see their horse Bandon Roc. John and Sue Stanley who are also part owners of Bandon Roc were here and they also saw their KBRP horse Peeping Tom.

We have just the one runner today at Chepstow. Balleticon runs in the lucky last and for my thoughts please click here.

Cricket better, far better,  and who is this chap Ben Foakes.. To start with he was born in Colchester in Essex (as was I). He is a wicketkeeper batsman who now plays for Surrey. His first Test yesterday and a maiden century.. I expect we will be hearing a great deal more of him.

This is a story with a happy ending...

I was sitting at the bar staring at my drink when a large, trouble-making biker steps up next to me, grabs my drink and gulps it down in one swig."

“Well, whatcha' gonna do about it?" he says, menacingly, as I burst into tears.  "Come on, man," the biker says, "I didn't think you'd cry.  I can't stand to see a man crying.”

"This is the worst day of my life," I said. "I'm a complete failure.  I was late to a meeting and my boss fired me.  When I went to the parking lot, I found my car had been stolen and I don't have any insurance.  I left my wallet in the cab I took home.  I found my wife with another man ... and then my dog bit me."

"So, I came to this bar to work up the courage to put an end to it all.  I buy a drink, I drop a capsule in it and sit here watching the poison dissolve.  Then you show up and drink the whole damn thing!  But, hell, enough about me, how are you doing?"

Hugie Morrison's birthday today.. Yesterday was so nearly the perfect present.. we hate seconds don't we, but second in the Melbourne Cup?

To finish.. Ever looking for somewhere to stay near Ayr? Mike Horne is a regular visitor to my web site.. Need a bed then click here to see