4th July 2015
Plus 17, and incredibly muggy when driving in.
The heavy thunderstorms missed us although we did have about 3mm of rain and a bit of noise; we were expecting worse.
Peter Kerr who runs all my partnerships was here this morning.
Karen Masters called in to see Knockanrawley while John and Karen Webber and Richard and Rachel Sheppard were also here to see Un Ace and Mor Brook
It is a big sporting weekend.
Andy Murray and James Ward at Wimbledon his afternoon.. two Brits doing their stuff.
The Tour De France starts today and the British rider Chris Froome has an obvious chance.
The English Derby winner Golden Horn looks set to win the Coral Eclipse at Sandown.
Have a great weekend whatever you are doing.
A girl was visiting her blonde friend, who had acquired two new dogs, and asked her what their names were.
The blonde responded by saying that one was named Rolex and one was named Timex.
Her friend said, 'Whoever heard of someone naming dogs like that?'
'HELLLOOOOOOO.......,' answered the blonde. 'They're watch dogs!'
3rd July 2015
Plus 7 dry with a heavy mist in the valley when driving in.
Conor Shoemark and Willie Twiston-Davies were around this morning to ride work; Willie on Nam Hai.. they are due to meet up again, all being well, next week at Wolverhampton on the sand.
All change in the world of horse sales.
Brightwells, who have for the last 6 years run a hugely successful sale at Cheltenham and Ascot (a great deal longer) have announced that they have sold that part of their company to the Newmarket based sales company Tattersalls.
This is a huge step for Tatts as they have not been involved directly selling jump horses, bar their 'horses in training' sections in Newmarket which are mainly flat horse orientated.
We shall miss Brightwells as they have been great to deal with and have made attending a horse sale fun.
What was not so much fun was reading that
Wimbledon..Murray and Ward through to the third round.. Not since the days of Tim Henman and Greg Rudeski have we had two Brits through to the third round.. exciting stuff..
What was exciting stuff was watching Brown beat Nadal.. It was a hugely entertaining game to watch.
Another hot day ahead and those ice cream salesmen will be doing their best to sell you as much ice cream as possible..
You might enjoy watching this cheeky ice cream salesman at work.. click here to view..
2nd July 2015
Plus 15 and dry when driving in.
The hottest day of the year yesterday. 32 degrees was about as hot as it managed here..hot enough for me to shock the locals by putting a pair of shorts on while mowing!.
The public spat between Paul Nicholls and Clive Smith makes rather sad reading. A fine racehorse has died as a result of his injuries and we should recall his great days... Alastair Down did that beautifully yesterday in the Racing Post.
Gus Levinson was in to ride out a couple of lots this morning.. Gus has Premier Portrait to point to point this winter.
We have a couple of potential new members of staff riding out here as part of their interviews.
We are looking for two new members to join our happy team for the winter.. they will have brilliant best accomodation to live in..
This is the second year of this 'Derby of charity races' which commemorates George Frewer who died tragically in 2007, aged only 17. George loved racing and what better way to remember him
These charity races are popular and are great at raising money, but without being too rude we dont need too many of them.. Cheltenham have now stopped theirs.
Tom Clarkson when not riding out here, works for the BBC on Formula One and very much on show this weekend for the British Grand Prix is deserate to ride in a charity race; Tom would be good as he would bring a new dimension of punters to the sport for the day... from the pitts...
Three Irishmen are sitting in the pub window seat, watching the front door of the brothel over the road.
The local Methodist pastor appears, and quickly goes inside.
"Would you look at that!" says the first Irishman.
"Didn't I always say what a bunch of hypocrites they are?"
No sooner are the words out of his mouth than a Rabbi appears at the door, knocks, and goes inside.
"Another one trying to fool everyone with pious preaching and stupid hats!
They continue drinking their beer roundly condemning the vicar and the rabbi when they see their own Catholic priest knock on the door.
"Ah, now dat's sad." says the third Irishman.
"One of the girls must have died
1st July 2015
Plus 18 and dry when driving in.
We look set for the hottest day of the year.
Yesterday was a sad day.
It was overcast and raining up near Perth which made the journey North more bearable.
A fine service for Sue Morshead and her husband Sam read and told beautiful stories about his wife who had bravely fought cancer for four years. The burial was in at Strowan Woodland cemetery overlooking hills and a river Earn below. It was stunning and peaceful.
Kauto Star injured himself while out in a field last week and was put down yesterday.
We all have our memories of the great horse; he was the best of the modern era. The combination of horse and rider (Ruby Walsh) was as good as it gets as far as watching chasing perfection was concerned.
Sad to hear of his death, and even sadder to read that the simmering row between KS’s owner Clive Smith and Paul Nicholls continued to the end. Paul only heard of what had happened to his star minutes before it became public news..
Abbreviate is the latest horse to come in early. He too has a septic foot..
You have to feel sorry for humans in this heat but please bear in mind that horses don't really like it either.. The flies and the heat drive them mad.
I am going to end on the poem, by Michael Josephson, that Sam read yesterday..
WHAT WILL MATTER
Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought but what you built,
not what you got but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched,
empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew,
but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories of those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters
30th June 2015
Plus 14 and dry when driving to Birmingham Airport.
Good to see John and Penny Perriss last night and all their horses looked well and happy out in their fields.. yes ready to come back?
The horses here are suffering with flies and the heat.. This time next week they will be back here in the cool of their stables.. ready for the season ahead. They have done so well out at grass this year.
Trojan Star came in yesterday.. a week early but a septic foot needed attention.
A sad day up North. Perth. Crieff. Sam Morshead's wife Sue died last week and her funeral take places at St Serfs this afternoon.
29th June 2015
Plus 12 and dry when driving in.
Monday morning and back to normal?
Shane Collins, my head lad is back from his holidays. Mat Nicholls my assistant is back from his stag weekend in Chester and Kerry Bellamy is back from her honeymoon. Oh yes and I am back too..
It was not a great week for me last week as I made the foolish mistake of moving from Vodafone to BT Mobile.. My phone failed to port over in the promised 24 hours and it took nearly 5 days to go through which meant that it blocked my office phone (re directed) and my mobile was out of any sort of action until Friday afternoon.
The Derby Tattersalls Sales in Ireland was predictably strong over the three days and although we failed to buy any we might end up with one.. Time will tell.
The top price was £320,000.00 for an unbroken 3 year old by Robin Des Champs.. Makes top Irish bumper form horses like Charbel and Policy Breach look incredibly good value.
Terrible happenings in Tunisia and to bring it home Mats brother’s best man was in the hotel and made Sky news.. shocking.
Wimbledon starts today and we will all be supporting Andy Murray?. I wonder if Nicola Sturgeon will make an appearance in the royal box? Surely not?
A flat-chested young lady read an article in a magazine that stated Dr.Bumbutu in Africa could enlarge your breasts without surgery. So she decided to go to Dr.Bumbutu to see if he could help her.
Dr.Bumbutu advised her, 'Every day after your shower, rub your chest and chant, 'Scooby doobie doobies, I want bigger boobies!' She did this faithfully for several months, and to her utter amazement she grew to a terrific D-cup rack!
One morning she was running late, got on the bus, and in a panic realized she had forgotten her morning ritual. Frightened she might lose her lovely boobs if she didn't recite the little rhyme, she stood right there in the middle aisle of the bus, closed her eyes and said, 'Scooby doobie doobies, I want bigger boobies
A guy sitting nearby looked at her and asked 'Are you a patient of Dr. Bumbutu?
'Yes I am. How did you know?'
He winked and whispered, 'Hickory dickory dock'.
24th June 2015
Plus 12 and cloudy when driving in.
This blog is back to normal today, but it will be the last one until Monday.
Kerry Bellamy, my PA, is not here to write the blog while I am away.. she is returning from her honeymoon but not back here until Monday.
The famous 3 day Tattersalls Derby Sales start today and prices will be very high for the right animal and there seems to be many of them; it looks a very strong catalogue .
Flies..Flies.. The horses out in the fields hate them and they drive them mad. Two weeks and most of the horses out here at grass will be back in their stables and away from the nuisance flies..
A Shade Of Bay has returned.. the first
We have one runner this afternoon at my least favourite racecourse Worcester.
Please note when I say least, I mean facilities for owners.. dire..
The course itself is good but owners deserve better?
The combination of Conor and Sunblazer won the last time they raced together at Newton Abbot..For my thoughts on their chances today please click here.
A good looking blonde was walking towards the Severn by Worcester racecourse..
She comes to a river and sees another blonde on the opposite bank.
'Yoo-hoo!' she shouts, 'How can I get to the other side?'
The second blonde looks up the river then down the river and shouts back,
'You ARE on the other side.
23rd June 2015
Plus 12 and dry when driving in.
I am sorry for the delayed posting.. it is not from sleeping in, but I have been playing around with our new website and keep changing passwords and for the second day running I forgot which one we were using..It then locks.
The delay is to the fact that Smarterweb company don't start work at my time.. Sorry about that.
Well it has finally been announced..
Barry Geraghty takes over the AP McCoy mantle as retained jockey for JP McManus. This is one hell of a job and means that Barry will be spending far more time based in Ireland which means that Nicky Henderson will be either promoting one of his in house jockeys or will be looking from outside, and that will not be an easy one as most have top jobs already. Nico De Bounville is hot favourite to take over while I see Jason Maguire is 10/1 to take over and he has not ridden for 6 months.. It gives you some idea how short we are of top jockeys.
Point to point rider Ed Bailey called in this morning to ride out two lots. Ed has just left Radley
The mention of Radley brings me on to Matt Chapman.
Matt is the original marmite character.. I am a huge fan. I think he is brilliant and I believe he should be part of Channel 4.. he is quick witted, brave and positive enough to be a huge asset on TV.. Anyway Sam Walker in todays Racing Post has written likewise. He agrees with me that Channel 4 needs Matt to be part of their team,..
Graham Potts our vet was in for his weekly visit.. Luckily not much to do although a couple of blood tests and a wander around the field looking at the horses with Mat and I.
This weeks movers and shakers in the handicap charts are..Amazing D'Azy down 5 to 110 while West End goes up 4 to 103
BLONDE ON THE SUN by Evelyn Faber
A Russian, an American, and a Blonde were talking one day.
The Russian said, 'We were the first in space!'
The American said, 'We were the first on the moon!'
The Blonde said, 'So what? We're going to be the first on the sun!'
The Russian and the American looked at each other and shook their heads.
'You can't land on the sun, you idiot! You'll burn up!' said the Russian.
To which the Blonde replied, 'We're not stupid, you know.
We're going at night!'
22nd June 2015
20th June 2015
Plus 14 and drizzling when driving in.
Sunblazer and Nam Hai worked; the rest cantered and a couple went around the roads.. Another two weeks and the yard will start filling up again..cant wait!
Alan McLellan who is a share holder in the GSTTKPA Charity Partnership called in mid morning to wander around the horses out in the field and see his two horses Allez Encore and King Simba.
The last day of Royal Ascot; yes an exhausting 5 days of great racing..Ryan Moore breaks the record.. 9 winners at the meeting so far. As for Mat's selections, well yesterday was a disaster not a winner in sight..at least I put two winners up in Ervedya and Balios.. I must not be smug?
David and Julie Martin must be pleased with their horse Salt Island as he finished 4th at 33/1.. A group 1.
Mat's last chance? Or perhaps lays of the day..Tonkinese, First Flight, Eagle Top, Due Diligence, Watchable, Wicklow Brave.
For my thoughts please click here..
A blonde goes into work one morning crying her eyes out.
Her boss asked sympathetically, 'What's the matter?'
The blonde replies, 'Early this morning I got a phone call saying that my mother had passed away.'
The boss, feeling sorry for her, says, 'Why don't you go home for the Day? Take the day off to relax & rest.'
'Thanks, but I'd be better off here. I need to keep my mind off it & I have the best chance of doing that here.'
The boss agrees & allows the blonde to work as usual.
A couple of hours pass & the boss decides to check on the blonde.
He looks out from his office & sees the blonde crying hysterically...
'What's so bad now? Are you going to be okay?' he asks.
'No!' exclaims the blonde. 'I just received a horrible call from my sister. Her mother died, too!'
Have a good weekend.