24th October 2016
Plus 8 and dry when driving in… Yes it looks like another dry week ahead!
A good weekends racing on the jump side.
Forgotten Hero who ran at Doncaster ran like a horse who needed a holiday.
We rather suspected that might be the case but ran all the same.. he should come down a few pounds now and that will make a big difference when he returns after his winter break.
FH has not had a break for the best part of 2 years, so he deserves one... He is back with his owners Julie and David Martin and will be deservedly spoilt.
Monday morning and very fresh horses.. Most are now fit and ready to go .. Their dancing shoes are on and their party suits ready but the invitations have ‘’dried up’’!
Charbel, Sunblazer, Mr Brinkley and Dueling Banjos all worked this morning.
Dry ground could play havoc to big race plans this week and as a result we will be entering The Last Samuri at Wetherby for Saturdays Charlie Hall Chase.. a race we won a couple of years back with Harry Topper.. It was heavy then!
The orginal plan was for The Last Samuri to go to Down Royal on November 5.. He still might but it will depend on who runs on Saturday.
Incidentally Harry Topper is well and worked for the second time last week.. He will be back in action by late November early December .. Bloody hope we have had some rain by then and no snow?
Is it just me or is The Racing Post the slowest web site to download?
I supposedly have better download speeds with Gigaclear than we ever did with BT. But I cannot click on horses form and see it download.. it just freezes. It just cant or wouldn't download.
Everything else seems faster now.. On the other hand if I go over to The Sporting Life site it is so fast that you blink you would miss the page turn... There must be a problem? Suggestions? Thoughts?
A Silly one for a Monday.
A blonde notices that her coworker has a thermos, so she asks him what it's for.
He responds, "It keeps hot things hot and cold things cold."
The blonde immediately buys one for herself. The next day, she goes to work and proudly displays it.
Her coworker asks, "What do you have in it?"
She replies, "Soup and ice cream."
22nd October 2016
Plus 6 and dry when driving in. A bit foggy down below..
Lovely to be back at Cheltenham yesterday (and today); Yes winter racing is back now.. we just need some winter weather..
Racing brings many folk together, but seeing Stuart Rolt racing yesterday was a first for a while.. Stuarts last visit to a racecourse was when his wife Debbie had a share in one of our charity partnership; her horse won at Hereford about 14 years ago.
David Bass and Tom Bellamy were in for a couple of lots this morning.
This mornings CD Tours guests were John and Alexandra Weller, Clair Kitching and David Jones, Richard and Carol Cheshire, John and Bridget Huntley, Sydney and David Fish and Poulton-Le-Fylde.
John and Mandy Battershall were here to see their KBRP horse Younevercall work.
David Millar called in to see his KBRP horse Desaray canter.
Phil Moorby and Kathy Wadsworth called in to see Patsys Castle.
Although we don't have any runners today at Cheltenham we do have a runner on the flat at Doncaster. Forgotten Hero and Dougie Costello team up in the 3.15 and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.
Mat is away for the weekend so Jack Jones heads to Doncaster to saddle FH
Here is a silly joke for the weekend.
Mr. and Mrs. Brown had two sons. One was named Mind Your Own Business and the other was named Trouble.
One day the two boys decided to play hide and seek.
Trouble hid while Mind Your Own Business counted to one hundred.
Mind Your Own Business began looking for his brother behind garbage cans and bushes.
Then he started looking in and under cars until a police man approached him and asked, "What are you doing?"
"Playing a game," the boy replied.
"What is your name?" the officer questioned. "Mind Your Own Business."
Furious the policeman inquired, "Are you looking for trouble?!"
The boy replied, "Why, yes."
To finish.. Happy birthday to two of racings great stalwarts... Sir Michael Stoute and Philip Arkwright.
Have a great weekend and see you on Monday.
21st October 2016
Plus 3 and dry when driving in. Thick fog in the valley below.
Jump racing takes center stage today with the first Cheltenham meeeting and although we have no runners (ground) we have plenty of visitors calling in to see their horses on the way to the races.
Steve and Chris Adams plus friends Bick B, Alison and Patrick called in to see Steve and Chris's KBRP horses Desaray and Silver Kayf
Chris, Sheila and Riley Straghalis called in to see Chris's Derrintogher Bliss
Norman Carter called in third lot to see his flat horse Sunblazer and his KBRP horses Milord and Silver Eagle
Nanette and Deborah Sellars called in to see Nanette's Texas Forever and Diva Reconce and her KBRP horses Our Belle Amie and Chateau Robin.
Duncan Williams called in to see his horse Glenforde.
Graham Potts our vet was in this morning for his visit.
Interesting to read in todays Racing Post on page 12 that Younevercall, who has won a bumper and two hurdle races, is going chasing. News to me and to his owners.. YNC runs over hurdles within the next two weeks and we have no chasing plans for this season.
A bottle of sparking wine arrived in the post yesterday. Always exciting to receive a bottle. The note inside said 'With compliments, James Nicholson and Mike Todd.. The Last Samuri is entered in their sponsored chase JN Wine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal on November 5...enticing?
If you haven't already bought John Morris' Jumping Prospects it's a must read.
John spends a great deal of time visiting trainers and getting their insights for the forthcoming season. At present he has had 24 winners from 80 runners with 16 seconds & 9 thirds.
On his 70th birthday, a man was given a gift certificate from his wife.
The certificate was for consultation with an Indian medicine man living on a nearby reservation who was rumoured to have a simple cure for erectile dysfunction.
The husband went to the reservation and saw the medicine man.
The old Indian gave him a potion and, with a grip on his shoulder, warned ‘This is a powerful medicine. You take only a teaspoonful, and then say: '1-2-3.' When you do, you will become more manly than you have ever been in your life, and you can perform for as long as you want."
The man thanked the old Indian, and as he walked away, he turned and asked: "How do I stop the medicine from working?"
"Your partner must say ‘1-2-3-4,' he responded, "but when she does, the medicine will not work again until the next full moon."
He was very eager to see if it worked so he went home, showered, shaved, took a spoonful of the medicine, and then invited his wife to join him in the bedroom.
When she came in, he took off his clothes and said: "1-2-3!" Immediately, he was the manliest of men.
His wife was excited and began throwing off her clothes, and asked: "What was the 1-2-3 for?"
And that, boys and girls, is why we should never end our sentences with a preposition, because we could end up with a dangling participle
20th October 2016
Plus 8 and dry when driving in.
Little Jupiters Gift ran well yesterday to finish 3rd at Fontwell in the bumper; she looked like winning two furlongs from home and was just caught close home. The 6 members of the Sting In The Tail Partnership who were there yesterday were happy.. Thats what racing is all about?
Matt Chapman rudely commentated on ATR something about Old Kim… Anyway he apologised later by sending over a message.. ‘Many Apologies. I will try and be more factual in future!!’
Jack Jones who represented me yesterday made a day of it by offering to drive me home from The Turf Clubs Racing Dinner last night.. or was it this morning.
The Turf Club Racing dinner last night was a huge success. Their trainers TNDGB, Hugo Palmer, Paul Webber and Hughie Morrison were in attendance (Nicky Henderson and Tom George were absent) as was their star attraction of the night Mrs Danvers’s trainer Jonathan Portman. Guest of honour no less which is what you would expect for training The Turf Club’s fine racehorse.
Nick Cheyne hosted the evening and after setting their top trainer up for the main speech Jonny did not let him down.
Jonny Portman has already proved what a fine trainer he is, but if all else fails he has a new job (like many of our politicians)..He is a far better after dinner speaker and quickly put various members of the club down by referring them to actors.
We were lucky that Nick Cheyne became Robbie Coltrane while Christopher Rathcreedan became Hugh Bonneville just for starters. Yes listening to JP, who likens himself to Mr Bean, made for a very good evening.
Drinks after in the bar with TNDGB who was not for heading home last night (traffic bad over Hammersmith Flyover) so stayed up instead in one of his other clubs..
Not feeling my best this morning..It might be our easy day today although we worked Chateau Robin and Desaray.
Mike Pennington, Mark Geobey and Richard Heathcock were here for Morning on the gallops followed by breakfast.
Mrs B a very happy person. Archie is home for half term..
We have no runers today.
Is this fitting for this morning?
Mother, “How was school today, Archie?”
Archie, “It was really great mum! Today we made explosives!”
Mother, “Ooh, they do very fancy stuff with you these days. And what will you do at school tomorrow?”
Archie, “What school?”
19th October 2016
Plus 7 and dry when driving in.
David Bass and Ed Bailey were in to ride out this morning. Plenty worked and a video can be seen here.
Yesterday was spent tidying up my schooling ground for when we have had enough rain to use it full time.
Every year we wait on wetter ground to use it, but currently it is pretty firm.
Interestingly I keep a log on when we start using it and this week is about the first time we have set foot on it and that was two years ago after a wet summer. Last year it was the end of October before the ground was idea for mass schooling over fences.
I never restuff my fences until November as we need the leaves to have fallen off the birch.. you might well ask why.. well if you stuff the fences with leaves on you have to do it again when they fall off.. it is all about mass... For now we are, like every other year, just jumping horses on the all-weather.
Francis Flood died yesterday morning aged 86.. A good innings.. Francis trained Glencaraig Lady to win the 1972 Cheltenham Gold Cup.. She was some mare as she would have won the year before but for falling in front 3 from home leaving the race at the mercy of L’Escargot. Francis also trained Bobsline and Garoupe.
We have one runner at Fontwell today in the lucky last.. The bumper. Jupiters Gift is the smallest horse in the yard and Mike Hamill rides her which means that he takes a valuable 7lbs off her back. For my thoughts on their chances please click here.
Sadly I am not going to be at Fontwell as I have a meeting in London followed by a dinner in the Turf Club.
It is the Turf Clubs annual racing dinner and as Sandra Steer-Fowler has part leased Pulling Power to them for the season (as last season) I have to tell them about her plans etc.
The Turf Club have much to celebrate this year as they have leased Mrs Danvers this season.. Even Brian the barman has a share...
Jack Jones who is my pupil assistant is having his first days racing as my representative.
I know that one of my owners went for his annual health check yesterday.. he asked..
Doctor, how can I live longer than 100 years?
Do you smoke?..No.
Do you eat too much?..No.
Do you go to bed late?..No.
Do you have affairs with promiscuous women?..No.
Then why would you want to live more than 100 years?
Gigaclear was installed at home yesterday.. we are stepping up our broadband speeds.. at last.
18th October 2016
Plus 10 and drizzling when driving in.
Jockeys David Bass and Tom Bellamy were in this morning. We worked Champion Chase and Cresswell Legend.
George Dowty (local celeb?) was here first lot to see his Racing For Maggie’s Charity horses Another Venture and Biscuit.
I know I have mentioned this before but we are supporting Maggie’s the local Cancer Care Home by racing two horses for two seasons.
This is a great way to become involved in racing without the huge cost and support a very worthwhile Charity
For £6295 you too can become involved. There are no extra costs during the period that you own the two horses.
Alternatively you can put a deposit down of £2995.00 plus £189.00 per 19 monthly payments on a direct debit.
Stable visits and a Box at Cheltenham in November are just some of the many perks...
There are 25 shares all together and we have 7 shares left.. Please ring Henry Kimbell on 07979522744 or email.. or of course you could always ring me for further details.
Margaret Carnell was here late morning to see her KBRP horse Our Bell Amie.
Graham Potts our vet was in this morning..
This weeks movers and shakers in the weekly BHA handicap charts are...Silver Eagle enters over hurdles at 109, By The Boardwalk went up 5 to 125 for winning at Market Rasen while Jimmy The Jetplane went up 5 to 135 for finishing second at Uttoxeter... thats why I hate finishing second!
I was pleased to see in todays Racing Post that my ex assistant Eddie Hales is benefitting from Gigginstown’s movement of horses and trainers.
Eddie has taken over the control of 15 well bred 3 year olds to train for point to points. Eddie sold Gigginstown possibly their best horse in last years Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack.
Charity..We are always supportive to any charity.. if possible..
Grumpy old men.. I did not think I had managed to get that far in life .. yet.. Obviously Roger Hart does though.. Hence the dinner on the right..venue The Lygon Arms in Chipping Campden on November 10th.
A man asks a farmer near a field, “Sorry sir, would you mind if I crossed your field instead of going around it? You see, I have to catch the 4:23 train.”
The farmer says, “Sure, go right ahead. And if my bull sees you, you’ll even catch the 4:11 one.”..
17th October 2016
Plus 10 and dry when driving in.
We had 14mm of rain yesterday morning which was very welcome and needed but something that certainly put a smile on all our faces and far more welcome was a winner at Market Rasen on Saturday with By The Boardwalk.
Good old BTBW, at last.
BTBW finally had things go his way and with Tom Bellamy, his regular rider, getting a well timed run up the home straight BTBW went on to be a worthy winner. Owner John Perriss and my Assistant Mat Nichols had a great day and this made the journey home a very happy one.
Market Rasen, even if Chairman Bud Booth was away, was as always, very welcoming .
I was at Ascot on Saturday with Dermot Clancy amongst others. Tony Solomons’s (owns half of Harry Topper)horse Nearly Caught ran a blinder in the first and the whole day was as good as flat racing can get. Huge crowds and fabulous racing. Champions Day was certainly Champions day in all respects.
Sadly their TV viewing figures were disappointing, but the good news is that I bumped into Ed Chamberlain the main presenter of the New ITV racing and he was very bullish about the future with their new line up and team.. I hope he is right as we certainly need that to be the case.
Trojan Star and Kempton yesterday. Trojan Star was not is a going mood.. Probably something amiss.
So ended a difficult week and the yard cat returned with a smile, although rubbing his sore backside, but happy to be off the roof.
I rather enjoyed Ben Ellis’s remark in today Racing Post.. ''The American Grand National is 2miles 5 furlongs and over hurdles? Shouldn't be surprised about a country that calls rounders baseball, football soccer and padded up rugby football..''
David Bass around and we worked and jumped Charbel, The Last Samuri, Younevercall and Dueling Banjos.
We have no runners today
Hugh Bone sent this one over.. Japanese Sex..
Husband: “ Sukitaki. Mojitaka.”
Wife replies: “Kowanini! Mowi Janakpa!”
Husband says angrily: “ Toka a anji! Rodi roumi yakoo! “
Wife, on knees, literally begging: “Mimi Nakoundinda tinkouji! “
I can’t believe you just sat there trying to read this. You don’t know any Japanese.
You’ll read anything as long as it’s about sex ..........Sometimes I worry about you.
You’re in serious need of help.
15th October 2016
Plus 9 and dry when driving in.
That was a better day. Both horse ran well at Fakenham. Sadly Policy Breach unseated David Bass three from home.. He would have finished 3rd. Gallery Exhibition also finished third but that was a damn good run under top weight and he was only beaten a length.
It was excellent ground at Fakenham, and all the jockeys said it was the best seen so far this season.. Well done to David Hunter and his team
A quiet supper last night at The Wheatsheaf with Oli and Panda Christie, Charlie and Becky Hughes and Lucinda Knight. The evening gave Oli the chance to show off his new car! It did not move from his home...
David Bass and Tom Bellamy were in this morning for a couple of lots before they headed North to ride at Market Rasen. We worked many and there video can been watched here..
Busy morning with a team booked through CD Tours..Rhian and Steven Jutton, Angela and Mark Calvert, Hue Scammell, Jon and William Barry, Michael Dallaway, Enda Carey and David Gallagher.
Christina Bates brought her parents for a visit third lot..
We have a couple of runners over the weekend. By The Boardwalk (Tom Bellamy) runs at Market Rasen today while Trojan Star (David Bass) runs tomorrow at Kempton. For my thoughts on their chances please click here.
Champions Day at Ascot. It certainly is the best days flat racing outside Royal Ascot. Jump racing takes over from next week..
The last lessons in life from the cinema..
Word processors never display a cursor on the screen but will always say: "Enter password now."
Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.
All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readout’s so you know exactly when they’re going to go off.
A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.
If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you meet will know all the steps.
Police departments give their officers personality tests to make sure they are deliberately assigned a partner who is the total opposite.
When they are alone, all foreign military officers prefer to speak to each other in English.
To finish.. Is this really true? Cluade Duval I will miss you...
14th October 2016
Plus 8 and dry when driving in.
If there was a cat in the yard at 3.40 yesterday afternoon it just might have flown over the office roof. I don't mean to say that modern cats now have genetically modified wings, but my right boot might have helped propel the said cat over to the other side..
Frustrating that Jimmy The Jetplane threw away a race that was at his mercy when idling after jumping the last fence 4 lengths clear.
Jimmy has now been second on all his chase starts.. Is he a bit of a monkey? I would put it that he is a character.
Annoyingly Jimmy needs a fast run race where he can tuck in and be produced late, as he was in all his hurdle races, but since he has been running over fences all his races have been run at a slow pace, but as he is such a good jumper and pulls early one in a race he lands in front after the first fence or second fence…
On the other hand, if there was an upside for finishing second it is that we were delighted to see a horse complete and run well. All our tests have shown that there is nothing wrong with the health of our horses, so we have to put last weeks poor results down to being 'one of those weeks'.
A carpenter on the way over later to repair the office door...
Bill Foylan was here third lot to see his horse Grand March.
Bill has bought one of Grand March's four legs..None of us are sure which one but we are now starting a new partnership for this horses which includes David Simkins and owner breeder Juila Baldanza.. we still have one leg left for sale although I am not sure which one..Grand March is well handicapped and ready to run as soon as we have enough rain.. he prefers softer ground.
I am heading over to see Martin Jones’s later. Martin has just taken delivery of the 3 year old El Presente from Ireland; Martin is going to break him in before he comes here after Christmas. El Presente owners 'The Davies Pilkington Yarborough Brooke Partnership' are all new to the yard or will be when this lovely son of Presenting out of Raitera arrives.
Talking arriving. Grahame Whateley’s 4 year old son of Milan out of Green Star arrived here yesterday from Anabel Murphy. This stunning horse, who was here for a while last season has filled out and grown into himself, is now ready to go forward.
More lessons in life from the cinema..
Once applied, lipstick will never rub off - even while scuba diving
You’re very likely to survive any battle in any war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German or Russian officer, it will not be necessary to speak the language. A German or Russian accent will do.
The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window in Paris.
A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating, but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.
If a large pane of glass is visible, someone will be thrown through it before long.
If staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noise in their most revealing underwear.
To finish.. Well done to Jim Crowley.. Champion Flat jockey.. Another jump boy who has turned his skills to the flat and shown how it should be done.. Jim was 66/1 in April..
Finally today would have been my mothers 99th birthday..
13th October 2016
Plus 4 and dry when driving in.
London last night was fun .. well for me..
My evening in London started by making the right call; driving the direct route via Oxford (usually gridlocked) and the M40 rather than the M4.
It turned out that the M4 was closed at Maidenhead.. Call one right.
Two hours the journey took Peter Kerr and I which was very good and we arrived in time to have a quick drink with Nick Cheyne at the Turf Club before heading down the road to the RAC Club.
I have never been inside the RAC Club before although I have been past it many times, and like so many places in London what you see on the outside is very different behind that front door.
On our arrival we were met by Colin Cameron, who was comparing the evening, and we then settled down to have a drink with Peter Hutchinson, Don and Val Churston and my longest serving owner Tony Solomons (Harry Topper and was sadly Gaelic Myth)
Dinner was in one of their private rooms and after Colin asked me onto their small stage (rather like the Literary Festival in Cheltenham although as yet I dont have a book..) and he then fired questions, which included plenty from the room.
It was a fun night and certainly interesting for me. New faces and some recognised.. I just hope those who came along enjoyed. RAC Club which had a stunning old Lagonda in the hall way boasts some pretty spectacular facilities like a full size pool, squash courts and 120 bedrooms.
Home late and again down the M40 and unlike TNDGB we missed the M4 and Hammersmith flyover.
Jockey David Bass was in this morning.
We worked Un Ace and Robin The Raven and then jumped a few on the all weather after which were Robin the Raven, Un Ace, Younevercall, Charbel, Bandon Roc, Grand March, Mr Brinkley, Dueling Banjos, Battle Dust, Champagne to Go, Queer Times, Gallery Exhibition, Champion Chase, Rocky's Treasure, Laval Noir, Alfie's Choice, Shaluna, Aliandy, Aunty Ann, Trojan Star, Another Venture, Vital Evidence, Cresswell Legend, Silver Eagle, Sainte Laydlime, By the Boardwalk, Texas Forever, Chateau Robin, Policy Breach, Patsys Castle, My Cousin Rachel, Fifty Bob and Desaray.
Peter Kerr was here to video which you can watch here.
John Webber and Richard Sheppard were here very early to watch their horse Robin The Raven work. They also saw their KBRP horse Un Ace perform as well.
Breakfast followed and then it was back to the office
Douglas and Sylvia Wilkes were here third lot to see their KBRP horses Silver Kayf and Ascotdeux Nellerie
Martyn and Sandra Steer-Fowler were also here third lot to see their two horses Pulling Power and their youngster a 4 year old filly by Midnight Legend.
Pulling Power has been leased to the Turf Club again this season well half has..PP won for them at Towcester last winter.. The Turf Club have had the season from heaven this summer as they have leased half of Mrs Danvers..
We have one runner today at Uttoxeter. Jimmy The Jetplane. For my thoughts on his chances please click here.
More lessons in life from the cinema..
If you are a blonde and pretty, it is possible to become a world expert on nuclear fission at the age of 22.
Honest and hardworking policemen are traditionally gunned down three days before their retirement.
Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their archenemies using complicated machinery involving fuses, pulley systems, deadly gasses, lasers, and man eating sharks, which will allow their captives at least 20 minutes to escape.
All beds have special L-shaped cover sheets that reach the armpit level on a woman, but only to the waist level on the man lying beside her.
All grocery shopping bags contain at least one stick of French bread.
It’s easy for anyone to land a plane, provided there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.
Great excitement here as gigaclear was installed in our office yesterday.. Our broadband is so fast that it burns.....