13th February 2016
Plus 2 and dry when driving in...Was it trying to snow or rain?.Either way it had stopped by the time I arrived in my office.
It was cold at Kempton yesterday and coming home with a second did not make the journey home a happy one (always a long one on a Friday night)..
Matt Lambert’s horse Trojan Star ran well in what was probably a better contest than it looked on paper, but second is not a great place to be, especially when you are looking for your first ever winner as an owner.
Matt is being very patient!
Trojan Star’s life is not being made easy by the fact that he is always placed and as a result the handicapper ‘kindly’ keeps putting him up the odd pound or two every time he runs..
Gaelic Myth ran well for a long way but again found wanting on the ground. His owner Tony Solomons again enjoyed his days racing.. Kempton look after owners well.
This morning David Bass was in for a couple of lots and we worked most. Tom Clarkson was in too.
Tony Turley plus Carol and Richard Laycock were here for a morning on the gallops followed by breakfast as booked through CD Tours and James Ware, Charlie Bryant, Andy McLean and Zander Whitehurst were also here.. They had bought a morning and breakfast at a Charity Auction.
We have no runners today or tomorrow.
On a bitterly cold winter morning a husband and wife in Dublin were listening to the radio during breakfast
They heard the announcer say, "We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so the Snow ploughs can get through".
So the good wife went out and moved her car.
A week later while they are eating breakfast again, the radio announcer said, "We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today.You must park your car on the odd-numbered side of the street, so the snow ploughs can get through''.
The good wife went out and moved her car again.
The next week they are again having breakfast, when the radio announcer says, "We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park...." Then the electricity and lights went out.
The good wife was very upset, and with a worried look on her face she said, "I don't know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snow ploughs can get through?''
Then with the love and understanding in his voice that all men who are married to peroxide blondes exhibit, the husband replied, "Why don't you just leave the car in the garage this time?''
On that happy note have a great weekend, and a romantic one as tomorrow is Valentines day just in case you have forgotten.
Happy birthdays to Warwick Newbury and Andrew Bengough
12th February 2016
Plus 1 and dry when driving in.
I am not sure what was the best part of being at Doncaster yesterday. I think it was probably the racecourses generosity for allowing so many O/T badges per owner/partnership and even lunch vouchers.
It goes to show again that generosity goes along way as all my owners were well looked after, even if their horses did not perform as well as the racecourses hospitality.
Frankly Didntitellya will improve as will Texas Forever and Sonneofpresenting, but as for Younevercall.. perhaps he lived up to his name..
This morning it was an early start to take Kalanisi Glen, Darna, Our Belle Amie and Laval Noir on an away day. Riders were David Bass, Tom Bellamy, Tom Clarkson and Joey Morris. A video can be seen here
Then back to Thorndale and a quick turn around to drive to Kempton where we have a couple of runners. Two runners and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.
I love the British sense of humour.
Yesterday I mentioned that Matt Chapman had bumped into one of my an ex employees who is now working in the mounted section of the London Police Force.. Within miniutes suggestive emails popped into my in box with suggestions of the poor girls name.
Dear Kim..Was it Mitzi, the rent-a-cop, who visited The Wheatsheaf one night? She tied Freddie’s bow tie round – well not his neck, anyway, she hadn’t got a lot of clothes on but carried a truncheon somehow which she produced with amazing speed if needed.
If I still have her contact details I’ll send them. Your Wicked Uncle J..
I am afraid Wicked Uncle J your address book just might be out of date..
This one is for you..
Matt walked into a sports bar around 9:58 PM.
He sat down next to a blonde at the bar and stared up at the TV.
The 10 PM news was coming on.
The news crew was covering the story of a man on the ledge of a large building preparing to jump.
The blonde looked at Matt and said,"Do you think he'll jump?"
Matt said, "You know, I bet he'll jump."
The blonde replied, "Well, I bet he won't."
Matt placed a £20 bill on the bar and said, "You're on!"
Just as the blonde placed her money on the bar, the guy on the ledge did a swan dive off the building, falling to his death.
The blonde was very upset, but willingly handed her £20 to Matt. "Fair's fair. Here's your money."
Matt replied, I can't take your money. I saw this earlier on the 5 PM news, So I knew he would jump."
The blonde replied, "I did, too, But I didn't think he'd do it again."
Matt took the money.
11th February 2016
Minus 4 and dry when driving in.
What would the ITV weather girl say now that temperatures have hit minus 4.. Lucy Verasamy looked like she was predicating a melt down last night and it was only going to get cold…her arms were flowing all over the weather chart while looking straight at the camera..
Thursday is our easy day..for the horses. Tom Clarkson was in to ride out two lots.
I received a text from Matt Chapman yesterday saying that he had just bumped into a mounted police woman who said she used to work for me.. Who I wonder?
Better ground and plenty of runners at Doncaster where we have 4 runners today.
David Bass rides all four and for my thoughts on DidntItellya, Texas Forever, Younevercall and Sonneofpresenting's chances please click here..
A couple who work at the circus go to an adoption agency.
Social workers there raise doubts about their suitability.
The couple produces photos of their 50 foot motorhome, which is equipped with a beautiful nursery.
The social workers then are doubtful about the education that the child would get.
"We've arranged for a full-time tutor who will teach the child all the usual subjects along with French, Mandarin and computer skills."
Then there are doubts about raising a child in a circus environment.
"Our nanny is an expert in pediatric welfare and diet."
The social workers are finally satisfied.
They ask, "What age child are you hoping to adopt?"
"It doesn't really matter, as long as he fits in the cannon"
10th February 2016
Plus 4 and dry when driving in. Wrong.. now raining..
David Bass was in for a couple of lots this morning while Tom Clarkson and Henry Morshead were also here for one lot. Jason Maguire was in.. walking.
We worked By The Boardwalk, Darna, Net Work Rouge, Forgotten Hero, Royal Supremo, Lady Of Llanarmon, Mor Brook, Viaduct Jack, Kalanisi Glen, Dueling Banjos, Widow On The Run, My Cousin Rachel, Boy In A Bentley, Our Belle Amie, Such A Legend, The Last Samuri and Laval Noir. A video of the horses working can be seen here.
Douglas, Sylvia and Kirsty Wilks were here second lot to see their KBRP horses Ascotdeux Nellerie and Silver Kayf do their stuff up the gallops. Breakfast followed.
Third lot Peter and Olive Smith were here to see their KBRP horse Silver Eagle and Tara’s Rainbow do their bit.
Racecourses are moaning of lack of runners.. Hardly surprising about the lack of runners as those horses who have run a few races on the heavy ground we have had all winter need a break, while the better ground horses are ready and waiting, but trainers are not keen to run while we have this ground; and those potential Cheltenham horses don't need gruelling races with Cheltenham just a month away..
On that note we have no runners today as Ludlow, where we were due to run Faerie Reel has be abandoned.. waterlogged!
Good light entertainment which would make better viewing if I have not watched every episode of the TV version. Yes worth a visit/viewing and please remember stay in your seat until after all the credits otherwise you will miss some of the funniest bits. The take outs..
Looking for somewhere to stay for this years Cheltenham Festival.. This lovely house has become available due to a late cancelation. It sleeps 10 and is very close to the racecourse.. Click here to view Tower Lodge
I have a lovely 8 year winning grey gelding who is looking for a good non racing home.. He might be allowed to Point to Point but not race under rules..he would make a good hack or ROR horse for somebody with experience .. 16.1.. For more details please get in touch.. email or phone
Yesterdays poem did not seem to go down that well judging by some incoming emails..
This is probably more appropriate. Especially with doctors in the news today. This one was heard on Radio 4..
The doctor at an old persons home is doing a brain function test.
He asks George 'What is 2 plus 2?' George thinks about it and answers '39'
The doctor sighs and turns to Harry and asks the same question, Harry immediately replies 'Thursday'
The doctor is exasperated and turns to Fred and asks 'What is 2 plus 2?'
Fred thinks for a while and answers '4' , the doctor thinks fantastic, 'Fred, how did you reach that answer?
Fred replies 'I got to 39 and took away Thursday'
9th February 2016
Plus 2 and dry when driving in. I could see the stars..
Seeing stars was what we saw at Wolverhampton yesterday when Sunblazer made it 3 wins from 4 on the all-weather this winter; yesterday Sunblazer took the big 2 mile handicap by the scruff of the neck on the home bend and won comfortably by an length and a half.. His race was the feature £19000.00 added 32Red.com Handicap..Who said all weather racing was boring!!!
It was another good ride from Willie Twiston Davies, who along with Dougie Costello loves riding this stunning grey son of Dark Angel. Dougie originally advised me to buy Sunblazer to win the Triumph Hurdle.. he didn't win it but he did win a hurdle at Newton Abbot!!!
Owners were offered £12 off their 3 course lunch so at £27 it was unbelievably good value and brilliant food.. It can be done and the good news the same chef will be looking after Hereford when they return to racing in October.
David Silk called in yesterday for his first visit to Thorndale to see his 4 year old Filly by Scopion out of Presenting Ally. David bred this filly and brought her over from Ireland last week.. She has been in isolation with Jason Maguire since. . Good to have David back in the fold. David is looking for one more person to join his partnership.
Conor Shoemark and Tom Bellamy were in to ride out a couple of lots this morning.
Our vet Graham Potts was in for his weekly visit and this weeks movers and shakers in the weekly handicap charts were..The Drinkmeister down 4 to 109, Magic Money down 1 to 105 and Milord down 2 to 123
The Penis Poem.. This was sent over by a most unlikely source
My nookie days are over, my pilot light is out.
What used to be my sex appeal is now my water spout!
Time was when, on its own, from my trousers it would spring, but now its just a full time job to find the f..ing thing!
It used to be embarrasing the way it would behave, for every single morning it would stand and watch me shave!
Now as old age approaches, it sure gives me the blues to see it hang its little head and watch me tie my shoes!
8th February 2016
Plus 4, blowing a gale and raining when driving in.... We have had 60mm (2.3622 inches) of water land on us since Friday night
Charbel won by 11 lengths in the Sky Bet Supreme Scottish Trial Novice hurdle at Musselburgh yesterday.
We sent Charbel to Musselburgh on his own purely for the ground. We have been waiting for good ground for a while and that was about as close to it as we could find.. and it was a decent race with decent prize money.
Down side was that it rained, but luckily we were in the first race as it turned soft after his race.
We knew we had a good horse and we knew he stayed so David Bass (jockey) rightly decided to take the race by the scruff of the neck from the word go and jumped off in front.. they never saw another horse.
Charbel was my first runner at Musselburgh for 12 years and he was my 6th winner for 13 runners.. perhaps I should go there more often?
I thought Charbel's win was impressive as he jumped brilliantly and won well.
The betting public were not that impressed but Alan King certainly was as Charbel finished second to his smart Yanworth last time at Ascot.. franking his form..
Now to Cheltenham and Charbel is in two Novice races.. Exciting, and very exciting for his owners David and Julie Martin who bought him through Jill Lamb and Tom Hogan last April at the Punchestown sales, specifically to run at the festival.. that was the plan.. We are nearly there.
Charbel who also won best turned out seems fine this morning. Well done to Chloe Roberts who looks after him and Leigh Pollard my Travelling head Girl.
I did not travel North yesterday as we had 30 members of Henry Kimbells organised/led GSTTKPA Charity Partnership here for a day out.. Viewing their horses Magic Money and King Simba followed by a tour of the yard/horses and then lunch at The Wheatsheaf.
It was a fun day made all the better by us all watching Charbel's win while we were still in my office.. The Bloody Mary tasted even better after that!
Monday morning fresh horses, wind in their tails and water everywhere.It is a testiment to the drainage on my gallop that we even have one this morning. We are saturated here..
What better way to spend the day than going racing at Wolverhampton where I know what the ground will be like!! Sunblazer enjoys Wolverhampton and he and Willie Twiston-Davies will need to up their game as they run in a very valuable 2 mile handicap.. Sunblazer is running off a career high mark of 88. For my thoughts on his chances please click here..
I often receive abuse from punters who feel that I have led them astray with my insights ..I enjoyed this email..
’’I would just like to thank Kim for his write up on Charbel today! I could tell he was very confident and I have no idea why he drifted to 5/1 when he had the best from in the race.... 2nd behind Yanworth who could very much go to the top! I've made a lot of money of Kim's advice! Thank you very much ‘’
This one came from the person who suggested earlier in the week that one of my horses should be turned into a sausage and sold at Tescos..
"A racehorse is the only animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time" hell I enjoyed that ride. haha.
6th February 2016
Plus 8 and pouring with rain when driving in. A very wet day on the cards.
You certainly would not have raced here today..
We worked By The Boardwalk, Darna, Cracked Rear View, Net Work Rouge, Forgotten Hero, Royal Supremo, Lady Of Llanarmon, Taras Rainbow, Silver Eagle, Mor Brook, Viaduct Jack, Kalanisi Glen, Dueling Banjos, Twelve Roses, Silver Kayf, Widow On The Run, Ascotdeux Nellerie, Texas Forever, My Cousin Rachel, Faerie Reel, Boy In A Bentley, Trojan Star, The Flemensfirth Gelding, Our Belle Aimie, Sunblazer, Monkhouse, Sonneofpresenting, Fizzy Dancer, The Last Samuri and Laval Noir.. All the rest cantered. A video of this morning's work can be seen here.
John Donovan & Jacqui Marley called in second lot to see their KBRP horse Silver Kayf
Dave Marland, Lesley and Michael Williams and John and Sheridan Roberts were here for 'a morning on the gallops and breakfast' as booked through CD Tours.
David & Carol Crompton called in third lot to see their KBRP horse Nam Hai.
Tomorrow looks a busy day with 30 members of the GSTTKPA Charity Partnership calling in late morning to see their two horses Magic Money and King Simba. We are then all decamping from Thorndale and lunching at The Wheatsheaf. Henry Kimbell, who fronts the charity partnership will I am sure say a few words after lunch?
We have one runner over the weekend and that is Charbel at Musselburgh tomorrow. For my thoughts please click here.
Sue Stanley sent this one over..
A FIREMAN came home from work one day and told his wife, "You know, we have a wonderful system at the fire station: BELL 1 rings and we all put on our jackets, BELL 2 rings and we all slide down the pole, BELL 3 rings and we're on the fire truck ready to go.
"From now on when I say BELL 1.. I want you to strip naked.
When I say BELL 2.. I want you to jump in bed.
And when I say BELL 3.. We are going to make love all night. "
The next night he came home from work and yelled
" BELL 1!" The wife promptly took all her clothes off.
When he yelled "BELL 2!", the wife jumped into bed.
When he yelled " BELL 3!", they began making love.
After a few minutes the wife yelled "BELL 4!"
"What the hell is BELL 4?" asked the husband
"ROLL OUT MORE HOSE," she replied " YOU'RE NOWHERE NEAR THE FIRE."
5th February 2016
Plus 9 and dry when driving in.
Richie McLernon, Tom Bellamy, Tom Clarkson and Henry Morshead were in to ride out
John and Penny Perriss were over third lot to see their horses canter. By The Boardwalk, Dueling Banjos, The Drinkymester, Emily Gray, Widow On The Run and Sugar Loaf Sholto. Mollys A Diva is still here but she heads off to Shade Oak Stud shortly and goes to meet Telescope.
Willie Mullins trains 22 of the 78 entries in the Neptune Investment Management Novice Hurdle at this years Cheltenham Festival.. With that many entries I wonder if he forgot one or two? Only 37 entries from England. In fact all the novice hurdle entries at Cheltenham are down by almost 20%.. With entry costs of at least £130 plus further costs, 20% down on entries means less money in the Cheltenham kitty.
Did you know that there were 13,886 horses in training in this contry last year compared to 13,528 the year before? The BHA are pleased to see the numbers going up..It would be intersting to see the number of staff in comparison?
Tom and Bella Clarkson, James and Henrietta Cheatham, Clare and I met up for supper in Kibousushi last night. Always a good port of call if you enjoy Japanese food.
Chris Munroe gives Sixteen Logical Reasons Why Some Men Have Dogs And Not Wives:
1. The later you are, the more Excited your dog is to see you.
2. Dogs don't notice if you call them By another dog's name.
3. Dogs like it if you leave lots Of things on the floor
4. Dogs' parents never visit.
5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across
6. You never have to wait for a dog;they're ready to go, instantly, 24 hours a day.
7. Dogs find you amusing when you're pissed.
8. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.
9. Dogs won't wake you up at night to ask: "If I died, would you get another dog?"
10. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and sell 'em.
11. When you drop a silent one, dogs don't run around frantically with room spray.
13. Dogs never tell you to stop scratching your balls. Instead, they sit pondering why you don't lick 'em.
14. Dogs will let you put a studded collar on, without calling you a pervert
15. If a dog smells another dog on you, it won't kick you in the crotch; it just finds it interesting.
And last but not least
16. If a dog runs off and leaves you, it won't take half your stuff.
To verify these statements: Lock your wife and your dog in the garage for an hour.
Then open the door, and observe who's happy to see you!
Nicky van Dijk sent this over.. Kilty Caul and her owners are waiting to go racing again..
4th February 2016
Plus 8 and dry when driving in. Rain is forecasted.
I am not even sure where to start. Yesterday was a horror.
Magic Money ran well to finish fourth but all the rest were pretty abysmal.
Rain arrived at Ludlow and the ground was certainly not as described. Nicky Henderson took two of his three horses out which gave us further belief that Boolavard King would run well when Nicky took the odds on favourite out. It was not to be as he just ran out of puff on the ground..or did he go too fast?
At Leicester they were going in about 7 inches and it was very holding and certainly tiring. Milord struggled and The Drinkymeister did likewise although I am not sure he was giving it his all. No, it was not a good day...
Thankfully all of yesterdays runners seem fine this morning..
I said yesterday that I was heading to Leicester and was ‘looking forward’ to seeing how they had improved their owners and trainers experience, especially after my various conversations with Nick Lees and his fellow Directors.
I didn't have long to wait as arriving at the O/T gate I was given a voucher for £5 to take off my meal in the restaurant.. Sorry but arriving after the third race taking a fiver off the 40 odd it was going to cost to sit down and have lunch was out of the question. I instead decided that the roast beef bap in the owners and trainers room would be sufficient, even though my voucher became worthless. Sadly the lady serving was taking the beef away as I arrived and when I asked for one I was told that they stopped serving at 2.30.. it was 2.36..
Annoying.. anyway I bumped into Nick Lees, who was in conversation with Cornelius Lysarght ; I told Nick what I thought..
What is it about Leicester that they really don't want to try. The racecourse had less people attending than an all-weather meeting at Kempton or Wolverhampton; not only does it have a souless feeling but one of dying on its feet. Surely somebody at the course would like to see it improve.... open the gates to the locals for free entry and get some people in and create an atmosphere. Do something worthwhile for those who travel miles to run their horses.
Yesterday I came across owners complaining about how they were being treated; without my prompting....Enough said.. I will try and avoid Leicester if I can. At least Worcester get people through their gate..
My day was not improved by a text message suggesting that one of my horses should be turned into something long and thin and sold in Tesco’s!
The day ended well with supper with Martyn and Sandra Steer-Fowler, who were staying at No 38; we dinned at The White Spoon.. A new one for me and for Edward Mawle who was on the table behind us..It was good.
The Frogmill and news.. click here..
Today is our easy day.. We worked Didntitellya and Younevercall.. Conor Shoemark was in to help.
We have no runners today.. or tomorrow!
A cowboy and his wife had just got married and found a nice hotel for their wedding night. The cowboy approached the front desk and asked for a room.
He said, "We’re on our honeymoon and we need a nice room with a good strong bed."
The clerk winked, "You want the ‘Bridal’?"
The cowboy reflected on this for a moment and then replied,
"Nope, I reckon not. I’ll just hold onto her ears until she gets used to it."
3rd February 2016
Plus 2 and dry when driving in.
David Bass, Henry Morshead and Tom Clarkson were in to ride out a couple of lots (horses) this morning..
We worked Twelve Roses, Charbel, Silver Kayf, Faerie Reel, The Flemensfirth, Sonneofpresenting, Laval Noir, Our Belle Amie, Darna, Kalanisi Glen, Sunblazer, Network Rouge and Texas Forever.
Russell Fields, Brain Cognet, John, Sue and Tom Stanley all called in 3rd lot to see their horse Bandon Roc work away.. The Wow Partnership.
Martyn and Sandra Steer-Fowler were also here to see their horses Such A legend, Pulling Power and Fizzy Dancer.
Martyn and Sandra are staying locally but not at The Frogmill..
What is happening to our local hotel The Frogmill?.
Pierre White sold it in December and since then the place has gone quiet.
John Battershall, who normally stays at The Frogmill for the Cheltenham Festival has asked me to point out that if you have a booking for this years Festival you just might be in for a shock.. Try and check what is going on, as I will .. John and Mandy, who have paid a deposit, have decided to move elsewhere for this years festival..Be warned..
As a matter of interest The Kilkenny which has also been closed, but for refurbishment, has reopened this week....
Laura Lewis you have just hit the right note.. Sorbets.. lushice ones too.. Thank you for sending some over.. they are delicious.. Mrs B loves them.
I am heading to Leicester (you might wonder why) to watch David Bass ride Milord and The Drinkymeister. We also have two at Ludlow.. Boolavard King and Magic Money both to be ridden by Tom Bellamy. For my thoughts on all their chances please click here..
Yes you might wonder why I am going to Leicester rather than one of my favourite racecourse Ludlow..Is it their new exciting owners treatment.. No I am calling in to see a all weather surface for our school/arena made by Equestrian Direct.. Anybody have one? We are about to replace our surface.
Guy Faber sent this one over..A farmer bought several acres of wasteland and within a year or two had turned it into productive land.
One day the local vicar bumped into the farmer and complimented him on his work, adding "Wondrous things can happen when man and God work together."
Yes said the farmer but you should have seen the place when God was running it on his own."
We are nearly at 5000 viewings of our Racing Stories.. Life At The Yard.