30th June 2016
Plus 12 and the sun was shining when driving in.
We had a miserable day here yesterday as it rained for most of it and it promises something similar today.. nearly 30 degrees this time last year.
Rain meant many things, but watching tennis at Wimbledon was a good way to avoid thinking about wet horses. Good and entertaining stuff from Marcus Willis who certainly did his bit for glory. He now has a picture of himself with Roger Federer on Centre court….oh and 50k to take home to Warwickshire.
The ODI cricket at the Oval was equally entertaining, when rain allowed. Great catch from Gunathilaka to dismiss Morgan and nearly a record innings from Jason Roy.. 5 short which was unlucky. At least England have won something .. We can be proud of our cricket team for the moment..and our Rugby side as well.
Summer jumping or is it winter racing.. Loads of entries at all our jump meetings and those who have turned out soft ground horses for a break are regretting.. It will be firm when they return?
Marcus Armytage text to say that Captain Forster's old Secretary Marigold Coke had died..90 plus..Marigold was a rock behind the Captain and sorted many a problem..especially mine.. A long story but one that needed flowers sent to Marigold for sorting a potential atom bomb attack after Craig Pearman and Geoffrey Cleaver were suitable incensed by one of my conversations ...Sadly Geoffrey died before he could get his revenge..
Happy birthday to David Bass.. 28 today and as the Racing Post says .. 'Rider of Sprinter Sacre and Barters Hill'.. Well the latter might be true but I do believe he only sat on Sprinter Sacre once.. He also rode The Last Samuri but that does not deserve a mention.
It is also Sheila Bailey's birthday.. Yes I sat next to her in London on Tuesday at the ROA lunch.. I thought she looked very youthful.....
Talking Bailey's. Patrick, no relation, sent this one over....
Every day, a male co-worker walks up very close to a lady standing at the coffee machine, inhales a big breath of air and tells her that her hair smells nice.
After a week of this, she can't stand it anymore and takes her complaint to a supervisor in the personnel department and states that she wants to make a sexual harassment grievance against him.
The Human Resources supervisor is puzzled by this decision and asks," What's sexually threatening about a co-worker telling you your hair smells nice?"
The woman replies, "It's Frank, the dwarf''
29th June 2016
Plus 10 and dry when driving in.
It was certainly wet last night when driving home from an enjoyable ROA lunch in London.
I missed the main event, the AGM, but I was there in time to see Richard Hannon being awarded the ROA annual Chris Deuters Award. Richard much deserved his award and told a few amusing stories about his past life as a trainer...and Royal trainer..
I had a very good lunch with the ever youthful Claude Duval (the Suns main racing reporter) and Sheila Bailey (no relation) sitting either side of me; also on our table was Peter Kerr and Norman Carter..
After lunch we were amusingly entertained by Rory Bremner.. yes he had loads of material!
It was good to see Compton Hellyer, David Silk, Peter Deal, Chris Wright, Alan Halsall and other past and present owners; Alan who was sitting next to Jilly Cooper, looked fresh and well after a hard few weeks campaigning for Brexit
Talking Brexit and the fallout.. The political scene is a mess but the country voted.. No chance of another referendum.. Imagine .. We could ask England to play Iceland again as the result was not what we wanted..
John Perriss’s horses were very wet and cold when John and I wandered around his fields looking at them last night. Some appalling summer and still no hay made and the grass is going off.. Not good news.
David Bass was in this morning. Work going along slowly on the gallop. The new material has arrived but yesterdays rain delayed things. The top turning circle is looking bigger.
Easyfix rubber matting have arrived from Ireland and strips will be laid around the yard over the weekend
The first of our horses returned yesterday. Silver Eagle and Younevercall came in from the fields to start their training.
Englishman, Scotsman and Irishman at the bar.... There's usually a Welshman but he's still in France
My mate has two tickets for the final of Euro 2016 but he is getting married on that day and cannot attend.
If anyone wants to go instead of him it's at St Andrews Church in Brighton and the bride's name is Sarah..
28th June 2016
Plus 8 and dry when driving in. More rain on the way..
Can it possibly get worse. No!
What an unbelievably pathetic performance last night by a load of overpaid muppets.
Every side /team needs leadership and a good team around that leader and our football team has none; as for the players.. who are they? At least by the time the next European Competition comes around we will not qualify. Shameful..
It is hard to believe that this time last week the country was positive and happy.. one week is a long time in all our lives and none of us will forget this last 7 days.
Tom Bellamy was in to ride out two lots this morning.
Johnny and Liz Wills called in second lot this morning to see their horse Net Work Rouge canter.
We have no runners this week so well done to Julie Greenwood for winning our in house 5 to follow competition. Julie wins a stay at our local The Wheatsheaf and a day racings with Bub Booth at Market Rasen. Two great prizes…Two upwardly mobile centers of excellence.. Next seasons competition will start in October.. It has been fun for those who have played ..
Graham Potts our vet was in for his weekly visit.
This weeks moves and shakers in the handicap charts are.. Sunblazer down 1 to 93 and 96 on the All Weather.
On the way home I am calling into see John and Penny Perriss and all their horse out at grass..Hence I am training from Banbury..
This truckie used to play football for England..
A truckie was driving along on a country road. A sign came up that read "Low Bridge Ahead."
Before he realised it, the bridge was directly ahead and he got stuck under it ..
Cars were backed up for miles. Finally, a police car arrived.
The policeman got out of his car and walked to the lorry's cab and said to the driver, "Got stuck, eh?"
The lorry driver said, "No, I was delivering this bridge and ran out of diesel!"
To finish.. Happy birthday to Archie Bailey...11 today.. I am sure he will have a good one..
27th June 2016
Plus 14 and damp when driving in.
Back home after a week away.
A week when it is hard to believe so much has changed..
I saw the odd English paper although it was hard to find time to read them..
Yes it was a long week of night clubs (all nighters), the Summer solstice and the Remain Campaign were 10 to one on to win the EU referendum... Yes those were the facts, but which one actually happened?
We flew back into a green country on Saturday afternoon in time to watch Sunblazer run in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.
Sunblazer finished down the field, he needs to come down to a respectable ratings level to compete in these big summer handicaps.. Winning 4 races on the all weather during the winter is a very different proposition from running in these big races. He will have his day again, when he drops a few pounds..
Norman Carter predictably found the hospitality at Newcastle slightly different from Royal Ascot where his horse had run the week before..
No hay seems to have been made while I was away and my lawn was overgrown. The weather failed to dampen the excellent party Nicholas and Cherry Jones held for their friends from in and out of racing on Saturday night. The perfect way to finish a long week?
Always good to see Mat’s face with a smile on it when I walked back into the yard.. The smile means nothing has gone wrong while I was away. The yard is now being readied for the return of some of its inmates this week; we will be gradually bringing a few horses back although most of those who are turned out here will return the week starting July 11.
Mat and I wandered around the horses who are turned out here in Andoversford and some look great and some poor things have struggled with the weather..rain..again.
Our all weather gallop is being refurbished this week.
Every year it needs some sort of maintenance and this year we are cleaning the base by taking the surface off, power washing the tarmac base before relaying and mixing in a further two inches of new material; we will also be increasing the size of the two turning circles.
Ian Reid sent me some well need advice on being the oldest clubber in Ibiza last week..Last weeks topical music ?!!
I felt I needed to share it with you...
Lovemaking Tips For Seniors
1. Wear your glasses to make sure your partner is actually in the bed.
2. Set timer for 3 minutes, in case you doze off in the middle.
3. Set the mood with lighting. (Turn them ALL OFF!)
4. Make sure you put 911 on your speed dial before you begin.
5. Write partner's name on your hand in case you can't remember..
6. Use extra polygrip so your teeth don't end up under the bed.
7. Have oxygen ready in case you actually complete the act.
8. Make all the noise you want....the neighbours are deaf, too.
9. If it works, call everyone you know with the good news!!
10. Don't even think about trying it twice
And finally and far more importantly happy birthday to my daughter Pandora...
25th June 2016
Plus 15 and sunny when driving in
Iain and Angela Bell were here this morning to see their horses Knockanrawley and Silver Eagle whilst out at grass. Michelle Dudderidge was also here to look at Desaray and Blazon as well as seeing her horse Silver Kayf.
We have Sunblazer running this afternoon at Newcastle in the Northumberland Plate for our thoughts please click here.
24th June 2016
Plus 16 and Sunny when driving in.
The votes have been counted and the United Kingdom is to leave the European Union. David Cameron this morning has also handed in his resignation so we need to find a new leader. What does the future hold.....
Tom Bellamy was in for a couple of lots this morning.
Blazon has settled in nicely and is enjoying himself in the field with all the other horses.
Don't miss out on this very well bred individual by top class sire Dansili out of a Listed winning mare. Blazon is from the same family as champion horse Xaar and 142 rated The Job Is Right a bumper, hurdle and chase winner.
Call Peter now on 07901 763643 to reserve the last remaining shares.
23rd June 2016
Plus 15 and cloudy when driving in.
Referendum Day has arrived. Today is the day where we all get a chance to vote whether to stay in or leave the EU. What will tomorrow bring?
No jockeys in today and a quieter day for the horses.
Yesterday Jimmy the Jetplane ran well to finish second giving over a stone to the winner and is fine this morning.
22nd June 2016
Plus 13 and raining/drizzling when driving in.
David Bass and Richie McLernon were in this morning and we worked Plan Again and Toulouse the Plot.
Graham Potts was also in for his weekly visit.
Jimmy the Jetplane runs this afternoon at Worcester with David Bass booked to ride for Kim's thoughts please click here.
21st June 2016
Plus 16 and sunny when driving in this morning.
Tom Bellamy was in this morning to ride out a couple lots.
Sonneofpresenting ran well but unfortunately the rain had got into ground and he found it too soft.
This weeks movers and shakers in the handicap charts are Crazy Jack down 2 to 120, Patsys Castle down 9 to 108, Sunblazer down 3 to 94 and Vital Evidence up 2 to 107.
This morning we have Helen Cogan from Haddon Training to visit Cameron so that he can gain his NVQ's in horse care and management whilst working. This is something that the British Racing School and Northern Racing College already do although Haddon Training Ltd is a National work-based training provider, based in Marlborough who provide apprenticeships and wider qualifications across three core sectors; Equine, Animal Care and Business.
20th June 2016
Plus 14 and pouring with rain when driving in. Apparently today is the summer solstice?!
No one in riding out this morning although we do have Lana Calvert in for a few days on work experience.
Sonneofpresenting runs this afternoon at Southwell for Royal Ascot winning owners Paul and Clare Rooney for Kim's thoughts please click here.