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30th July 2016

Plus 8 and cloudy here in Tongue

Another great run from Ballyknock Lad yesterday at Bangor.. He tried, he jumped but he finished second.

Seriously it was a good run and he will improve again for a more galloping course when the season proper starts in September. A decent race awaits him.

Archie and his mates went to Gifford Circus last night. They loved it.. Always good fun and great family entertainment.

Mat and I are away today. Mat is home in Nottingham and I am starying with my old mate Sam Morshead.

David Bass was in for a couple of lots.. David is heading off on holiday next week.. there is no jump racing after Sunday so jockeys and those involved in Jump racing can escape for a few days..Deserved..

Dave Miller with daughter Carolyn and son-in-law Will called in to see our latest Kim Bailey Racing Partnership horse Desaray.

Peter Kerr here as always..Top man..

Henry Kimbell called in late morning to see Another Venture

Little Jimmy Asks his dad for a telly in his room. He reluctantly agrees.

Next day Jimmy comes downstairs and asks 'Dad what is love juice?'

Dad looks horrified and tells Jimmy all about sex.

Jimmy sits there with his mouth open in amazement.

Dad says 'so what were you watching?'

Jimmy replies 'Tennis'

29th July 2016

Plus 12 and cloudy when driving in.

Liz Humphrey and Sue Taylor were here third lot to see our latest Kim Bailey Racing Partnership horse Desaray. Michael Wilkes also called in to see his horses Milord and Un Ace.

Peter Kerr who runs all my partnerships was here to show them around.

We have just one runner today at Bangor.. Not a great place to get to on a friday? Anyway Ballyknock Lad returns to fences after his recent win over hurdles at Worcester. David Bass rides and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

A joke from the Gym sent over by a regular gym user John Cootes...

A bodybuilder picks up a woman at a bar and takes her home with him.

He takes off his shirt and the woman says "What a great chest you have."

The bodybuilder tells her "That's 1000 lbs. of dynamite."

He takes off his pants and the woman says "What massive calves you have", the bodybuilder tells her "That's 1000 lbs. of dynamite".

He then takes off his underwear and the woman goes running and screaming out of the apartment.

The bodybuilder puts his clothes back on and chases after her.

He finally catches up to her and asks her why she ran out of the apartment.

The woman replies, "I was afraid to be around all that dynamite after I saw what a short fuse you have."

28th July 2016

Plus 12 and cloudy when driving in.

Thursday.. our easy day.. not today.

Graham Potts was in to finish off giving the horses their flu vacinations.

Graham will be missing as from tomorrow as he is heading off to Rio; he is the Australian Event Team's Vet.

Yes it sounds fun although I am not sure that is how Graham feels about his impending 3 weeks away.. Loads of problems in the Olympic village.. stories of builders not paid and in return they have poured concrete down the loos.. thats just for starters

Today I should be at Goodwood with Keith and Liz Ellis. My annual trip has sadly been cancelled (by me). It is always one of my most enjoyable days racing.. providing I am a passenger on the way home...

There has been loads of talk about BT Broadband and its lack of speed.

We have BT Broadband in this office and trying to down load 10 photos to Photobox took just over 25 minutes; so slow.... I had 300 to download so my patience was not up to waiting the best part of 12 hours..

Good old Kerry, my PA, came to the rescue.. Kerry took my camera chip home and downloaded 300 photos in 5 minutes using her recently installed Gigaclear.. Hopefully we will have Gigaclear here by Christmas..

Good service is important and Listers in Cheltenham, where my Toyota Amazon originated from provide a great service.. Martin, who is in charge of their service department returned my car last night on his way home.. Yes good service goes a long way. Thanks.

Pippa Green via my sister sent this one over..second half..


A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with your husband.

The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?"

All the women raised their hands.

Then they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?"

Some women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember.

The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband: "I love you, sweetheart ."

The women were then told to exchange phones with another person, and to read aloud the text message they received, in response.

Here are some of the replies:

7. ?!?

8. Don't beat about the bush, just tell me how much you need?

9. Am I dreaming?

10. If you don't tell me who this message is actually for, someone will die

11. I thought we agreed you wouldn't drink during the day.

12. Your mother is coming to stay with us, isn't she??

27th July 2016

Plus 11 and raining when driving in.

Racing yesterday was shocked by the death of ex jockey JT McNamara.

41 years old and a truly brilliant jockey.

I did not know JT or ever use him as a jockey but his record as the best amateur was unsurpassed.

His record at Cheltenham alone shows just how good he was 16 winners, 4 festival winner and 7 x-country races on the famous Spot Thedifference..

JT’s race career came to a dreadful end when he suffered a horrific fall at Cheltenham from Galaxy Rock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase at the Festival in 2013..

All our thoughts go out to his wife Caroline and their three children Dylan, Harry and Olivia.

Before you move on you should click here to read what Alastair Down wrote last year

So.second at Worcester last night with Net Work Rouge.. why should I get annoyed. David Bass picked up a two day holiday for trying too hard.

Was it the first day of winter? It was dark when I arose this morning, for the first time.

David Bass and Richie McLernon were in for a couple of lots this morning.

We jumped Ballyknock Lad over fences.

We also worked Jimmy The Jetplane and Sunblazer.

Very fresh horses. Cooler weather, fresher conditions make for fresh horses. So much so that many had a first canter this morning when returning from their session on the roads. We need to keep their backs down.

Today I should finish tapping away the words for my open day brochure. Always a relief when it is finished. ''He has the size and scope to be a chaser next season when his owners patience will I am sure be rewarded....?

Pippa Green via my sister sent this one over..


A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with your husband.

The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?"

All the women raised their hands.

Then they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?"

Some women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember.

The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband: "I love you, sweetheart ."

The women were then told to exchange phones with another person, and to read aloud the text message they received, in response.

Here are some of the replies:

1. Who the hell is this?

2. Eh, mother of my children, are you sick or what?

3. Yeh, and I love you too. What's up with you??

4. What now? Did you crash the car again?

5. I don't understand what you mean?

6. What the f*ck did you do now?

Another six tomorrow.. the last one will be well worth the wait..

26th July 2016

Plus 9 and dry when driving in. A cooler night.

Newton Abbot yesterday looked for a while as if it was going to be a favourite racecourse..

Patsys Castle arrived in front with just under a circuit to go absolutely cantering. He was probably going far too well; he then never took off at the next fence and rooted it.. how horse and jockey stayed in one piece I don't know.. They lost all chance and trailed in to finish 4th.

David Bass was understandably gutted, but not as much as his owner Phil Moorby .. Luckily Phil decided to watch his horse run from Gibraltar rather than travel over… PC had a few cuts on his front legs after and is a bit sore but sound this morning.. He should be fine in a few days.

It was David Pipe's turn to call for help yesterday as his horsebox broke down on the way to Newton Abbot.

David helped us when we had a horsebox break down a couple of years ago. That day we had Amazing D’Azy running and David managed to get us there just in time to win best turned out and the race.. Yesterday we were unable to help as he was sorted by the time my horsebox passed..

Mikey Elliot called in last night to see his horse Laval Noir.

Of all my horses I think he is the horse who has changed most over the summer. He has returned looking so much stronger.. this Huntingdon bumper winner could well improve enormously on the racecourse for his physical change.. The Mindy Partnership hope so too.

On Account and Blazon returned to the yard yesterday to start their training.

Well done England, a resounding win in the second Test..Alastair Cook's decision to bat again rather than make Pakistan follow on was vindicated by winning.. The weather luckily did not play foul..Joe Root is some player..he really is the best we have seen for many years.

Tom Bellamy was in this morning to ride out two lots round the roads.

Graham Potts our vet was in for his weekly visit and to finish administering his flu vaccinations.. to the horses.

This weeks movers and shakers in the handicap charts are..Kilty Caul donw 5 over fences to 99 and Policy Breach up 4 to 119

Glorious Goodwood starts today.. Is this the best flat meeting of the year? Many think so. It is certainly fun.

We have one runner tonight at Worcester. Net Work Rouge so deserves to win this and for my thoughts please click here.

Leon Davies sent this one over.

What human body part..

The 6th grade science teacher, Mrs. Parks, asked her class, "What human body part increases to ten times its size when stimulated?"

No one answered until little Mary stood up and said, "You should not be asking sixth-graders a question like that! I’m going to tell my parents, and they will go and tell the principal, who will then fire you!"

Mrs. Parks ignored her and asked the question again, "Which body part increases to 10 times its size when stimulated?" Little Mary’s mouth fell open. Then she said to those around her, "Boy, is she going to get in big trouble!"

The teacher continued to ignore her and said to the class, "Anybody?"

Finally, Billy stood up, looked around nervously, and said, "The body part that increases 10 times its size when stimulated is the pupil of the eye."

Mrs. Parks said, "Very good, Billy," then turned to Mary and continued. "As for you, young lady, I have three things to say:

One, you have a dirty mind.

Two, you didn’t read your homework.

And three, one day you are going to be very, very disappointed.

To finish happy birthday to my assistant Mat Nicholls... 21 again? The same can be said for Philip Hobbs whose birthday today starts with a three times bigger number, but ends with the same one..

25th july 2016

Plus 11 and dry when driving in.

Yesterday Sunday papers were a good read while watching Archie play cricket.

Alice Plunkett's interview in the Racing Post was a very good one and the Gaselee father and Son interview in the Sunday Times was also worth reading. Another read that was worth while was the story of our 1966 Football World Cup winners and their aftermath. It actually was an article that made me feel very depressed after reading.. Life really is too short.

Yes I watched Archie’s team Dumbleton play cricket against Poulton. A test match in its own right and when Archie came in to bat I rather thought I knew how Matt Root felt…although Archie did not amass anything like the same amount of runs, his team won.

The Wheatsheaf followed for a very late lunch which was probably a mistake as the menu had just about sold out of its Sunday sitting..

There was a big days Arab racing at Newbury. Huge crowds and one of the winners was a horse called Kamikaze.. A name that brings back many memories.. I trained another grey under the same name and he fell at the last at Uttoxeter too many times when in front..

The back pages of today papers are all about the huge successes of British sports. Lewis Hamilton, Chris Froome, Adam Yates, Mo Farah, Paul Broadhurst, Sir Ben Ainslie and Frankel’s offspring..The downside is the IOC decision for not insisting on a complete ban on the Russian team.

David Bass was in to ride out three lots this morning.

Michael and Gerry Worcester called in late morning to see their two horses Coco des Champs and Shuluna

We have one runner this afternoon at Newton Abbot providing the ground is safe. Patsys Castle and David Bass meet in the 4.55pm.. For my thoughts please click here.

Talking racing of the big G's starts today.. Galway... Tomorrow is the other.. Goodwood..

A fellow turns to his wife in bed and whispers,

"Did you know that today is National Orgasm Day?"

"Oh, what a pity," she said,

"Right in the middle of National Headache Week!!"

23rd July 2016

Plus 14 and dry when driving in.

Misty in the valley below although the sun is shining up here so a lovely day ahead..

Uttoxeter was rammed yesterday. It was hot and there were plenty of artwork on show.

Rhianna has run her last race. Disappointing all round as this well bred mare just cannot cope; a new career

On the way to Uttoxeter I called in to see David and Julie Martin’s Charbel and Minella Warrior who both looked well.

Both horses have been doing their road work and then spending the day out in the field. A slow and enjoyable way to start your training before returning here in August.

Good to see our old mate Darna who also looked very happy and relaxed in retirement.

I also saw Blazing Hills who was one of the first horses David and Julie had with.. Blazing Hills is now 20..If you were to be born a racehorse being owned by David and Julie means a home for life.

Friday night is not a evening to be travelling on the roads as they too were rammed.

There was some good news.. Listening to TMS and hearing Cook and Root bat brilliantly..  A good days cricket for England. Cook's 100 equalled Sir Don Bradman's total of centuries.. some feat?

David Bass was in for 3 lots this morning...Simon Goff and Charlotte visited the yard.

No runners from here over the weekend. Ascot today looks a good card.

If you have bought todays Racing Post you need to read Richard Hughes’s article.. Lingfield and drink.

Sadly all too many racecourse now have too many non racing people on course, who only appear to listen to the post race music; unfortunately some of their behaviour, which is usually drink related, is not attractive...Racecourses realise they make more money out of post race activities than their racing. Dilemma..

Why did I get divorced?

Well, last week was my birthday.

My wife didn't wish me a happy birthday. My parents forgot and so did my kids. I went to work and even my colleagues didn't wish me a happy birthday.

As I entered my office, my secretary said, "Happy birthday, boss!"

I felt so special.

She asked me out for lunch.

After lunch, she invited me to her apartment. We went there and she said, "Do you mind if I go into the bedroom for a minute?"

"Okay," I said.

She came out 5 minutes later with a birthday cake, my wife, my parents, my kids, my friends, & my colleagues all yelling, "SURPRISE!!!" while I was waiting on the sofa... naked.

Have a great weekend..

22nd July 2016

Plus 15 and dry when driving, rain overnight.

A record domestic crowd of over 27,000 people were at Lords last night to watch Middlesex beat Surrey in the T20 blast.

A cracking local derby full of atmosphere and noise. Taking two young cricketing fans was fun as you could soon see why this side of the game is so popular.

I normally go to Lords to watch a test match where the noise level is far more sedate; yes it is mostly busy but with an appreciative crowd who understand the 5 day game..

Last night it was full of young having a thoroughly good night out with music, big hitting and the big screens showing the game for what it should be.. There was nothing stuffy about last night .. it was fun..

Not such fun is getting there.. Trains from Banbury were running late; was it snow on the lines.. leaves or buckled because of the heat.. All I know it is that it was standing room only and hot!

Talking cricket.. The second Test against Pakistan starts today.. we need to win this one.

Tom Bellamy was in to ride out two lots around the roads this morning.. Kind of him.

Two days to top class flat racing start today at Ascot.

Ascot tomorrow hosts one of racings big show pieces; it is King George V1 day. Her Majesty The Queen could well benefit from Postponed demise with her horse Dartmouth. Disappointing that Postponed is unable to defend his crown but if Her Majesty The Queen were to win I am sure most will be very happy indeed.

Talking of racing show pieces Goodwood next week is one of my favourite meetings and sadly for the first time in many years I just might not be able to go down to that stunning racecourse.

Stuning racecourses..We have one runner this afternoon at Uttoxeter.

We are down to the last chance saloon with Rhianna. This well bred mare has not shown enough yet and needs to start doing so. David Bass rides and for my thought please click here.

Mat, Kerry and I are down to the last few hours/days of trying to write our open day brochure.. School report stuff. If you would like to place an advert then give Kerry a ring.. we have one slot left..

What is it with mowers?. Last week both broke down for odd reasons, but my ride on was back this week having been repaired and guess what it went wrong again last night.. Nobody enjoys slipping or breaking belts Mat? Cheltenham Garden Machinery do as they keep having to repair.. at great cost!!

A blonde woman was speeding down the road in her little white Audi TT and was pulled over by a woman police officer, who was also a blonde.

The blonde cop asked to see the blonde driver’s license. She dug through her purse and was getting progressively more agitated.

‘What does it look like?’ she finally asked. The Policewoman replied, ‘It’s square and it has your picture on it.’

The driver finally found a square mirror in her purse, looked at it and handed it to the policewoman. ‘Here it is,’ she said.

The blonde officer looked at the mirror, then handed it back saying, ‘OK, you can go. I didn’t realise you were a cop…’

21st July 2016

Plus 13 and dry when driving in.

Thursday is our easy day during the winter, but not at this time of year...Plenty more road work to be done.

Trevor Mennell brought his grandson Liam Carter for a trial morning.

Liam, who has been riding in pony races is mad keen to become involved in racing and is about to go the BRS in Newmarket; Liam is looking for somewhere to work when he has finished his course.. No better place?

Sandra Steer-Fowler was up to take Such A Legend home and drop off Pulling Power, and of course see her other home bred Fizzy Dancer..

If you fancy some fun as an owner and don't fancy the purchasing costs then why not lease Fizzy Dancer for the winter.. She must surely win races on her current form and looks to have improved after her summer break. Give me a ring 01242890241 or email for more information

Ron Withecombe’s right hand man Jeremy Perkins called in to chat about various thoughts on stable or agricameras etc..

We have no runners today at Worcester.. Our intended runner was ballotted out.. Summer racing has become very popular this year with loads of runners.


I am heading to Lords later with Archie and Patrick Clarkson.. Middlesex v Surrey T20 Blast.. Should be fun.

Ian Sheffield who has a share in Jupiters Gift sent this one over..

Two friends Dave and Jim go down the pub

Jim says " it was my birthday last week "

Dave " did you get any decent presents ?"

Jim. " All my mates down the cricket club chipped in and bought me a sweater "

Dave " A sweater ? That's a bit dissapointing isn't it"

Jim " Yes it was really. I was hoping for a panter or a squealer "

You might enjoy this video..

20th July 2016

Plus 21 and dry when driving in.

It was record breaking day and night? 33 degrees here yesterday.

A good turn out for Marigold Coke yesterday at a sun drenched Chaddleworth.

Many old employees from Marigold's days as secretary to Captain Tim Forster were there.

Henry Daly, Johnny Portman, Chris Maude, Mick Fitzgerald, Hywel Davies, Christopher Mordaunt, Anthony Tory, Marcus Tregoning, Marcus Armytage, Charles Nugent, Kisten Loyd, Jonathan Powell and many other who were involved one way or another. It was good service to celebrate a special lady.

It was especially good to see good to see Maureen Humphries whose late husband John was the Captain's head lad for many years.

Wednesday morning and David Bass and Richie McLernon were in to ride out.

I take my hat off to Richie, more so than David, as coming in to ride out two lots on the roads early doors when you don’t get many rides for the yard is total dedication .. I can also say it is much appreciated.

It is good to see Harry Topper back in the yard after a year off and he looks so well. Ed Cookson was steering him around the roads of Withington this morning.

ITV Racing have certainly gone for glamour when they start broadcasting next year. Francesca Cumani joins Ed Chamberlin as one of the main presenters.. Francesca will be covering the flat side of the sport..Who will cover the jumping side?

Sheikh Mohammed was seen on the tube in London yesterday.. He too sees being stuck in traffic time wasting..

A lady lost her purse containing two £50 notes.

Later that night there was a knock at the door. On opening it she saw a small boy stood there with here purse in his hand.

'Excuse me miss, I found this purse with your driving licence in it so I've brought it back to you'

'Oh, that's very kind of you' said the lady and opened the purse to check the contents. It contained her licence and ten £10 notes.

'When I lost this, it had two £50 notes in it'.

'I know' replied the little boy 'The last time I handed a purse back the lady said she had no change for a reward!'   

Compton Hellyer 70 today..a 10% share holder of Docklands Express .. How time flies? Anthony Tory who rode DE so many times was at Marigold's funeral yesterday..