20th October 2014
18th October 2014
Plus 15 and damp when driving in. 5 mm of water landed on us last night.
The ground was as described yesterday at Cheltenham, good and good to soft. It was winter ground.
Supreme Present just needs very fast ground as she struggled on that; Jason accepted it as soon as she came under pressure. Annoying as she has loads of ability but ground for her is a hugely important issue. We will wait for 3 weeks to see if either the mares races in November have faster ground, if not she will have the winter off.
Un Ace fell which was not part of the plan while Up For An Oscar found the ground and the competition too much for him. Charingworth again ran a blinder to finish 2nd. Can you imagine how pleased I was with being 2nd yesterday?
All the horses that ran yesterday are fine this morning.
Busy morning with 8 people for 'A morning on the gallops followed by Breakfast'. Tom Beeby from CD Tours. Tony and Helen Love who bought direct off my web site while Philip Jones brought 4 others from the Yorkshire Racing Club.
Third lot Nicky Van Dijk brought some friends over to see her horse Mrs Peachey. Martyn and Sandra Steer Fowler were here to see Such A Legend and 'Twiggy'; Martyn and Sandra stayed at The Kings Head in Cirencester.
Mandy and John Battershall were here to see Midnight Oscar; MO has won twice for them so far this season.
Iain and Angela Bell and Karen Masters were here to see their KBRP horse Knockanrawley, while Peter and Fiona Woodhall and Tim Richardson who are also part own Knockanrawley were here to see their other horses Mor Brook and Thursdays winner Milord.
The fun of the KBRP is that most had never met before and many of them met up for supper last night and have become good mates.
Peter Kerr who runs my KBRP was here to help out!
Back to Cheltenham today with two runners.
The Drinkymeister who was an English points winner ran well in his bumper at Towcester to finish 4th but had a horrid stepping fall on his only run over hurdles at Bangor. The Drinkymiester runs very much as a confidence booster although he will not disgrace; he is a lovely horse who is waiting to go chasing. David Bass rides.
Ed Cookson rides Jimmy The Jetplane who could run a blinder if he handles the ground, especially after last nights rain. Jimmy went up 13lbs for winning on good ground at Wincanton with Ed on top; taking Ed off would mean an 18lb rise if that makes sense.
No runners tomorrow so a family day with Archie around. Have a good one and see you Monday..
17th October 2014
Plus 13 and dry when driving in.
Such A Legend and Faerie Reel popped over to Lambourn this morning for a gallop and a change of scenery. Mat drove them over and he was met by Paul and Elizabeth Kellar who were there to watch Elizabeth's new horse FR.
Geoff Ellis was here 3rd lot to see his KBRP horse Taras Rainbow canter.
At last Milord finally does it and wins a race...!!!
Luck has never been on his side and yesterday it was as the horse most likely to win made a mistake at the last, and Milord and David Bass landed running; they held on by a diminishing neck..
The noise that greeted him when he arrived back in the winners enclosure suggested that the nearly 2 year wait was worthwhile.
It has been a game of patience and frustration owning Milord and all bar one stuck by him, so well done to his happy band of KBRP owners... Peter Band, Vince Burmingham, Norman Carter, Kit Fleming, James Hill, Mark Hudson, David Price, Tim Richardson, Michael Wilkes and Helen Hibbert. Helen took over her brothers David's share when he died.
Sunblazer needs to go back on the flat. At Uttoxeter Net Work Rouge was impressive until he showed his lack of experience when coming off the bridle; he jumped brilliantly and this huge horse is going to make some chaser in a years time. Kibo broke a blood vessel as badly as I have seen one do so; poor chap was feeling pretty miserable after, but he is fine this morning, as they all are.
Milord was winner number 25 for the season so far..
Cheltenham today with 4 runners.
Supreme Present runs provided the ground is OK.. she needs fast or good ground. Her form is rock solid and this is not the strongest novice hurdle ever. She goes there in great form and if the handicapper was right by suggesting she should be rated 145 then she should win.. he has since seen his mistake and dropped her 10lbs.
Un Ace is a lovely horse who was impressive last season, until he broke a blood vessel at Aintree. He has been working well and we are happy with him. 2 miles is on the sharp side, but whatever he does today, he will improve for the race.
Up For An Oscar is running for place money; he will run better than at Fontwell where he hated the tight course. Ed Cookson loves Cheltenham.
Lastly Charingworth, who is the oldest horse in the yard (11) tries to go one better than last year. The old boy is in cracking form.
Yes a busy day and an exciting day.. on a footnote.. it is 4354 days since my last winner at Cheltenham!!! TFFFN likes to remind me.
We are coming to the end of the week; an important one for Kerry and Bells.
Wedding plans and ideas are strewn all over my office, but the one missing is the photographer..
I suggested to them that they should be very careful who they choose...
16th October 2014
15th October 2014
Plus 10, foggy and drizzling when driving in.
David Bass and Ed Cookson were here for a work and schooling morning.
A Shade Of Bay, Agent Fedora, Azure Aware, Ballyknock Lad, By The Boardwalk, Charingworth, Darna, Derrintogether Bliss, Jimmy The Jetplane, Magic Money, Milord, Mollys A Diva, Kibo, Premier Portrait, Net Work Rouge, Mrs Peachey, The Drinkymeister and Un Ace over hurdles or fences..
Colin Stewart who is a member of our KBRPs was here 3rd lot to see his horses Mor Brook canter and Sunblazer jump a hurdle.
Gavin James had to cancel this mornings planned photography lesson; probably a good thing as it was not easy seeing anything early.
Watching A Shade Of Bay jumping this morning reminded me that we still have 4 shares left in The Have Fun Racing Partnership who lease ASOB.
If you have ever fancied becoming involved in racehorse ownership, but perhaps have been daunted by the cost, then this is your ideal opportunity to become an owner without the cost.
There are a total of 15 shares in this lovely mare, who has won and been placed over hurdles, at a one off (all in) monthly cost of £150, plus a £75 joining fee. There are no hidden costs and the lease runs from NOW to the end of March 2016
THFRP was designed so that you can dip your toe into Racehorse Ownership and enjoy all the benefits of full ownership. Weekly emails, visits to the yard and badges on race-days.. what more do you want. It will be fun.
One runner at Wetherby where they are still watering!
Gaelic Myth won a bumper at Ludlow on his only start and todays starts his hurdle career at 4.35.
This looks very competitive on paper and he will be a decent prospect if he wins this. GM will not disgrace himself, especially being ridden by Jason Maguire.
This one is for Kerry Maxwell, my PA..
They stood at the altar,waiting to be married. The bride to be looked down and saw a set of golf clubs beside her new husbands feet.
'What on earth are you doing with those golf clubs?' she whispered.
'Well,' he said, 'This won't take all afternoon,will it?'
14th October 2014
Plus 9 and raining when driving in. We had a very wet day yesterday.. 12 mm..
Every jockey knows he has to have a fall (1 in 10 rides) and Jason had two crunchers yesterday at Sedgefield. When I spoke to him last night, to see how he was, Jason just said he was fine but needed to get them out of the way!
Busy morning here on the entertainment front.
David and Irene Dando and Richard and Silvia Francombe were here second lot for 'a morning on the gallops followed by breakfast'.. Bought at charity auction.
Third lot Robert and Diane Green plus 6 friends were here for 'a morning on the gallops' watching third lot, again purchased at a charity auction... we are very charitable here?
We worked Un Ace and Supreme Present. Both are likely to be heading to Cheltenham this weekend, although top of the ground SP's chances look like being washed away..
Harry Topper and Ballyknock Lad slipped off to Lambourn; Jason Maguire and Tom Bellamy did the honours.
We are supposed to have two runners at Huntingdon later but that has changed as West End wants good ground and Network Rouge won his English Point to Point on fast ground. Huntingdon is now on the heavy side. They stay at home.
Rain is needed but when racecourses water like fury over the summer it does not take long to change the ground. That is the dilemma facing racecourses at this time of year.
Ascot's big Qipco Champions day on Saturday is going to struggle with big names falling by the wayside. Good flat horse don't like bottomless ground, whatever the prize money.. Reputations and values can be ruined..
Graham Potts our vet was in for his weekly visit and talking weekly this week the handicapper has changed a few horses ratings...Mrs Peachey went up 3lbs to 128 and Midnight Oscar went down 1 to 127
111 million Euro Lottery tonight... Dreams..
A woman bursts through the front door and says, 'Pack your bags darling. I just won the lottery!'
And the husband says, 'Great! Should I pack for the beach or the mountains?'
She says, 'I don't give a stuff. Just go to buggery!'
13th October 2014
11th October 2014
Plus 6 and foggy when driving in. Not a good viewing morning..
Jockey Ed Cookson here this morning. We worked most of the horses.
Andy Smith was here for breakfast as booked through CD Tours, also here 2nd lot and for breakfast were Elizabeth and Paul Kellar.
Yesterday I started kitting out the new staff accommodation; we move in or rather my staff move in, in 2 weeks time.
My shopping list, which was not something I was budgeting for 6 months ago, included 10 beds plus linen, one big flat screen TV, one washing machine, two tumble dryers, one dishwasher, one huge fridge, toasters, kettles, cutlery, cooking pans and more to come including tables and chairs.. My credit card reward points might have helped me fly to South Africa?
Listers Toyota in Cheltenham again were super efficient; they swapped my tyres over for off roaders for the winter in no time; they even lent me a car to go shopping in!
Last night saw the official opening of the Kings Head in Cirencester by Lord Bathurst and Countess Bathurst
General Manager Stephen Mannock hosted a drinks party for those locally who might like to use this very smart hotel. Amongst the guests were the usual suspects of Oli Christie, Rupert Longsdon, Atty Beor Roberts, Tom Wakefield, Tom Wharton and many more..
The Kings Head have an arrangement with me so that their guests are offered a visit here while staying in the Cotswolds for the weekend.
No runners over the weekend.
Caroline Swire or was it Glen who sent this one over...
After being married for forty years, Caroline asked her husband to describe her.
Glen looked at her for a while, then said: "You're an alphabet wife... A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K."
She asks: "What the hell does that mean?"
He said: "Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy, Gorgeous and Hot".
She smiled happily and said: "Oh, that's so lovely, but what about I, J, K?"
He said: "I'm Just Kidding!"
The swelling in Glen's eye is going down and the doctor is fairly optimistic about saving his testicles.
Have a good one and I will be back on Monday.. Having been to see and listened to KP on Sunday night!
10th October 2014
Plus 8 and dry when driving in.
Todays headlines in the RP were not unexpected. ARC prize money pledge came up short by £800,000.00.
12 months ago ARC declared there was going to be a £1 million increase in their prize money in fact there was an increased of £170,000.00 to its 2012 total of £8.62 million.
Frankly nothing surprises when it comes to ARC and its racing commitment.
I feel sorry for those who work tirelessly on their racecourses to make our racing safer and better, only to be let down by those who own the company..
Worcester is a prime example. A good clerk of the course in Keith Ottesen who with his head grounds man Duncan Penney have turned a dreadful ground issue around in one year but the rest of the facilities are a joke.
Racing can change and go forward prize money wise; you only have to look at the independent courses like Ludlow to see what can be done. They average £50,000.00 a days racing and almost a £1 million year.
My email box was pretty full yesterday and this was one that appeared in it from the editor of the Racing Post Bruce Millington
'You will have noticed that we are currently unable to include ballot marks and claiming information in the newspaper. We would love to print these details and would do so immediately if they were being supplied to us at a fair and reasonable price.
Instead, the Racecourse Data Company, which has been appointed by the BHA to take over charging for of pre-race data from REL, apparently with the approval of REL, RCA and the Horsemen's Group (including the NTF), have attempted to impose an exorbitant charge to receive this data which, as a business, we are not willing or able to absorb.
The proposed charges would result in us paying well over £500,000 more than was previously the case for exactly the same data. This is the equivalent of being asked to pay 109 times more than The Daily Mirror for every reader of racing pages.
Having refused to agree to the imposition of the new and unjustified charges, we were unable to prevent RDC from switching off the Weatherbys pre-race data feed and with BHA lawyers preventing us being provided with access to the ballot and claiming data, we have been left with no choice but to operate without the complete service we used to carry.
It is an extremely regrettable situation but RDC have been unwilling to review their rate card and reduce their fees up to this point. This is not a fight we have picked so any assistance you can give to persuade the relevant parties of the necessity of enabling us to receive the missing data would surely benefit us all.
Before RDC assumed responsibility from REL we had several discussions with RDC regarding the new increased rates that were being proposed and at no point did they demonstrate a willingness to negotiate constructively on the price for the pre-race data feed. So we refute the assertion that it is Racing Post who will not engage properly. We won’t, however, accept the rates as they stand. If a jockey suddenly asked you for a £1 million retainer would you just accept it?
The Racing Post continues to strive to provide the best possible coverage and service to all our customers and we feel extremely hurt and aggrieved that the BHA, all racecourses bar Towcester and others involved in the running of racing have chosen to act in such a brutal and aggressive manner towards us.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding while we try to find a resolution.
To finish off a rather long winded Blog.. Cheltenham Racecourse yesterday showed off how its new developments are coming along and those going next week are in for a surprise.. You really can see some difference now.. it is all very exciting.
Young Conditional jockey Tom Bellamy featured on TV the other night. This is what was on
Melissa Jones from the Gloucester Echo has written about my 5 to follow..
9th October 2014
Plus 11 and drizzling when driving in.
A good winner for enthusiatsic owner Clive Washbourn.
Aiden Murphy and I bought Gold Man at the Cheltenham Festival Brightwells Sales in March.
Mrs B was not hugely impressed when I returned home after the sale announcing that I had just spend 60 odd grand on a Irish pointer with no owner in mind.
Luckily the web site came to the rescue as I photographed Gold Man at 7 am the following morning, posted him here on this page and at 7.45 Clive Washbourn rang up and bought him... just as I was showing him to Dermot and Kevin Clancy..
Patience is a virtue as Gold Man was a tired horse after the sales so we decided a good summer was what was needed.
Bumpers were never part of my plan but his work recently had suggested that he might win one on a galloping course.. Towcester fitted the bill.
Clive as usual made plenty of noise in the winners enclosure and I had several phone calls on the way back from Ludlow suggesting that I should watch his interview with Luke Harvey.
It was fun, lively interview and shows that you can smile, cheer and celebrate when having a winner...Well done Clive, you are one lucky owner.
I have to say that the 1 mile 5 furlong bumper is an odd one for Towcester and not one that I believe is right as a free runner is heading down hill too soon.
Ludlow (cracking prize money again) was wet and driving there for a moment it could have been February as the roads were white.. there was a huge thunderstorm and hailstorm.
Mrs Peachey ran a blinder and finished 3rd beaten a length. Sadly the rain had got into the ground by her race and that just could have made the difference. Anyway she put a couple of disappointing runs behind her and will now possible go chasing.
We did not run Sunblazer as the ground had gone for him. Norman Carter had driven from deepest Devon to see him run and was on the course for half an hour before heading home..Who said ownership was fun!!!
Gaelic Myth is our only runner of the day. A bumper winner at Ludlow this chap jumps well and has a great chance but this looks a hot little contest. David Bass rides.
This came winging over from the IOM..
Marital Understanding..How men and women record things in their diaries......
Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it. Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn't say much.
I asked him what was wrong; He said, 'Nothing..' I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset. He said he wasn't upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it. On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled slightly, and kept driving. I can't explain his behaviour. I don't know why he didn't say, 'I love you,too.'
When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me any more. He just sat there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent. Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes later, he came to bed. But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep; I cried. I don't know what to do. I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a disaster.
A two-foot putt..........who the hell misses a two-foot putt!