Baileys Blog

17th November 2017

Minus 3 and dry when driving in.

Thank the Lord .. A winner.. 5 seconds this week so far is quite enough and thankfully Cresswell Legend did the business at Ludlow yesterday.

Good old Cresswell, at last he is showing what I always said he would.. Languishing under 'my name' (This Horse Is For Sale Partnership) last season and having won a bumper I saw dollar signs but that was not to be .. Virginia Johnson believed in me and was prepared to buy into him and now she has been well rewarded with two runs and two wins. Great for Virginia who just loves her racing, and now her husband David is starting to enjoy it too.. winners help don’t they..

By The Boardwalk found the ground soft enough for him not to pick up when needed and finished 4th.

Good to see David Shuttle at Ludlow.. David doesn’t own an Aston Martin but he enjoys their adverts..

Our journey home started late as Richard Sheppard and John Webber (Robin The Raven) were at Ludlow having an away day; John and Penny Perriss and I joined them for a drink after the last.. last… yes we were the last to leave the course.. just before the cleaners arrived!

Cheltenham weekend is always busy

Jonathan and Ann Charles were here for a morning on the gallops followed by breakfast as booked through CD Tours while Ian Robinson was here with 3 of his Imperial Racing Team to see their horse Imperial Aura perform up the gallops.

Nanette Sellars was here third lot to see her horses Mr Macho and Diva Reconce and her KBRP horses Our Belle Amie and Chateau Robin.

After breakfast it was to Cheltenham early to see the horses that sell tonight. Tattersalls have had a busy week on their National Hunt side as the foal sale in Ireland have again broken all records. Huge prices for foals that will be reselling as three year olds.. Blimey they will be hoping the market stays strong, they will need it to; they will need to double their money to make ends meet.. expensive thoughts!

Anyway Aiden Murphy will be looking to try and buy tonight.. we shall see.

Cheltenham and we have one runner. Dueling Banjos and crack Irish amateur Jamie Codd .. For my thoughts on their chances please click here.

This time next week we will be in Ashes mood.. Australia picked their team yesterday and an interesting one too.. A wicket keeper who has returned after years in the wilderness and a batsman as old as me… yes interesting and exciting.. cant wait.. long nights ahead I fear.

My first Christmas card arrived and as usual ity was from Bob 'the cat' Bevan

16th November 2017

Plus 11 and dry when driving in. Too warm and horses too warm under their rugs this morning.

Arriving in the yard early I could still hear horses that ran yesterday being trotted up by Mat to see if they are sound. Yes they all are

Oh what a day of .. seconds..

At Ayr..The Drinkymeister fell at the second.. bloody long way for John Perriss to go to see that happen. The Matt Lambert then had his turn to be equally disappointed when Cascaye just did not run well enough.. She is not showing what she shows at home. Chateau Robin was second.. he jumped well and ran accordingly and then Knockanrawely got worried out of it and was second too.. just..He was very unlucky..

Not a good visit to Ayr.. But the racecourse were brilliant at looking after my owners and staff. A big thank you to Ayr as their owners and trainers facilities were like a good London restaurant but free..

A very long way to go but my word Ayr appreciate your visit and make an owners days out one to remember.

At Exeter we had a big turn out for the Racing For Maggies two runners. Another Venture ran well to finish second and looked a horse capable of winning a big staying handicap this winter. Biscuit pulled up making a noise.. was it the ground? Time to investigate and finally Rhaegar ran a blinder and yes you know what I am going to say.. he finished second.. 4 bloody 2nds in one day.. Bugger…

Long journey home from Ayr for all..Perhaps in future I will keep my horses down south or employ Brian Hughes when heading North of Wetherby.. Not for one second I am suggesting that my two jockeys did anything wrong but Brian wins everything up North..

Robert Bevis who had Sainte Ladylime and Cracked Rear View for schooling during the summer was here to watch them jump fences.

We race again today with two running at Ludlow. Cresswell Legend and By The Boardwalk and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

My travelling head girl Leigh and her racing blog..Two weeks of..

The racing is in full swing now and we are having runners nearly every day. We are having regular winners too! This season has been slow to start but we are in full flow now, it is a long season and we want the horses to continue to the end.

I had a good trip up to Newmarket. Everything is made easier with a winner! It's not the nicest drive and it is not straightforward when you get there as you have to drive over to declare and then box the horses over from the stables, but Sunblazer is so well behaved it makes it all a bit easier! It is a lovely course and you definitely get the feeling you are somewhere special. The canteen is next level, as well as the normal meals they offered pan fried salmon with risotto for only £5. As good as you would find in a restaurant.

A bit of a contrast was the rare trip to Plumpton, a course we don't often visit as it is quite tight and undulating. The stable yard is small and tight, not ideal on busy days but the stables are large and well lit and the washdown hoses were powerful and warm. The canteen was a let down. The same price as Newmarket and no where near the same quality.

I have noticed that more racecourses are providing a free meal to stable staff. Warwick, Exeter and Cheltenham have done it for a while now but Newton Abbott started proving free food this season and Wincanton on Saturday provided a voucher for the canteen. This is good as it is homemade food and large portion sizes. They also have hot puddings!

On to another busy week but with plenty to look forward to it doesn't seem like hard work at the moment!!

I forgot.. Paul and Elizabeth Kellar were here second lot to see their horse Mon Palois ..but he had already been out..

15th November 2017

Plus 9 and dry when driving in. It felt muggy this morning.

I went to Lingfield yesterday..I could not believe that Lake Field finished second yesterday.. He looked all over the winner during the race but  was beaten.. outstayed probably. He jumped so well too. It was good to meet his owner Martin Kiely who had flown over from Ireland to watch his horse run.

Carqalin added a new number to his form figures.. 4. Yes he finished 4th and further would help him add a new number to his list next time. Over at Worcester Blazon too finished 4th.. he did not stay the extra half mile and again looked all over the winner turning for home.

I left Lingfield with a new nickname.. Boris.. result of an interview with racings most tanned roving micrphone holder Matt Chapman...

David Bass was in this morning. We did not work any as we most did yesterday.. reason .. 7 runners today and 4 of them left for Ayr yesterday so we are tight on staff at home this morning.

We did though jump Rockys Treasure, First Flow, Trojan Star, Abbreviate and Harry Topper.

Talking seven runners.. not often we have that number. 4 headed to Ayr yesterday in search of soft ground. The Drinkymeister, Cascaye, Chateau Robin and Knockanrawley all run at Ayr while we run Another Venture, Biscuit and Rhaergar and for my thoughts on all their chances please click here..

Here is an old one for this morning sent over by Keith Wiltshire..

Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter.

The pharmacist at the counter asked the older boy, "Son, how old are you?”

“Eight”, the boy replied.

The man continued, “Do you know what these are used for?”

The boy replied, “Not exactly, but they aren't for me. They're for him. He's my brother. He's four."

"Oh, really?" the pharmacist replied with a grin.

"Yes." the boy said. "We saw on TV that if you use these, you would be able to swim, play tennis and ride a bike. Right now, he can't do none of that.”

Racing lost a big supporter on Sunday.. Alan Potts died aged 80.. He was big in every sense of the word and supported racing that way too..

14th November 2017

Plus 8 and dry when driving in.

Kempton yesterday was short on runners but not short on good racing.

Laval Noir ran OK to finish 6th and will improve for a handicap mark while The Last Samuri ran an absolute blinder to finish 2nd at 33/1 in the Pertemps qualifying hurdle race.

It was TLS first run over hurdles for about 3 years and the handicapper raised him the best part of 20lbs for the privilege, but this morning he is probably saying it was a good thing as TLS finished 2nd and would have probably won in another 100yards. 

We ran TLS to boost his confidence and as a prep race for the Beecher Chase at Aintree in 3 weeks time.. TLS was a very tired horse after his last run at Aintree; 4 miles plus in the heat we had that April day took a great deal out of him and I was keen to see that he had an enjoyable experience yesterday.. and yes he loved it.

My day yesterday started with wonderful news from my daughter Pandora who rang to say that she has become engaged to James Lovett and it finished with a visit to see Bridget Bengough in Hereford Hospital.

Thrilled for Pandora and James.. A weekend in Venice was obviously a hugely romantic hit and James will become a great addition to the Bailey family. I am a very happy person.. great news.

Tuesday morning now.

Ed Bailey, who has ridden a couple of winners recently and Tom Bellamy were in this morning; we jumped Chateau Robin, Knockanrawley, The Drinkymeister, Another Venture, Our Belle Amie and Johnny Ocean.

Second lot Darren Smith was here to see his KBRP horses Vinndication and Dusty Pearl

We had a visit as usual from our vet and this weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts were..Ben Arthur down 3 to 97, Billy Elliott down 4 to 92, Charbel down 2 to 147, Little Chunk up 1 to 119, while Station Master enters at 130 and El Presente at 131..

We have three runners today. At Worcester we run Blazon while at Lingfield we run Lake Field and Carqalin and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Retired Doctor John Disney sent this one over..

1981 & 2005 - Two Interesting Years

Interesting Year 1981
1. Prince Charles got married.
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe .
3. Australia lost the Ashes.
4. The Pope died.

Interesting Year 2005
1. Prince Charles got married.
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe .
3. Australia lost the Ashes.
4. The Pope died.

Lesson to be learned:
If Charles gets married again, someone should warn the Pope.

To finish.. Sorry to see that Michael Banks has died. A great man who loved his racing and Huntingdon.

13th November 2017

Minus 2 and dry when driving in. 

Wincanton on Saturday was rammed.. with people.. Charbel was carrying top weight on very rain softened ground .. he ran OK to finish 4th but I believe he will improve from first run of the season. At Ffos Las yesterday where apparently the lunch was not up to scratch Wandrin Star looked every inch a chaser and the sooner he goes chasing the better.

There was some very good racing over the weekend and now that the rain has come to support the cards.

Talking rain..Tomorrows card at Hereford has been called off due to their very fast ground.. yes.. no rain in that part of the country.. Anyway their meeting reverts to Worcester.. just when we thought we had finished racing there…

Meggan Capper is here for a weeks work experience.

We have a couple of runners today at Kempton. Laval Noir and The Last Samuri and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Retired Doctor John Disney sent this one over.. one from his working days..

All the members of the company's Board of Directors were called into the Chairman's office, one after another, until only Tom, the junior member, was left sitting outside.

Finally it was his turn to be summoned.

Tom entered the office to find the Chairman and the other four Directors seated at the far end of the boardroom table. 

Tom was instructed to stand at the other end of the table, which he did.

The Chairman looked Tom squarely in the eye, and with a stern voice, he asked: "Have you ever had sex with my secretary, Miss Floyd?"

"Oh, no, sir, positively not...!" Tom replied.

"Are you absolutely sure...?" asked the chairman.

"Honest, I've never been close enough to even touch her.....!"

"You'd swear to that...?"

"Yes, I swear I've never had sex with Miss Floyd, anytime, anywhere…" insisted Tom.

"Good. Then YOU fire her.."

To finish..

If you happen to be in this area on Thursday of this week please head to Cirencester and go and support Clare with her Home Fund Trust Charity Christmas Fair. Held in The Corn Hall in the Market Place 10am to 4pm. £4 to enter which obviously goes to the charity.. There are some lovely stalls for those Christmas gifts..

11th November 2017

Plus 11 and raining when driving in.

WOW another good day in the office..Two winners at Warwick

Brilliant for Penny Perriss to have a good winner and a potentially nice horse.

Penny along with husband John have been mates of mine for a along time and are the most loyal of supporters, so a winner for either of them is always good news.

Station Master was almost a last chance saloon horse as poor Penny has not been the luckiest of owners .. so many things have gone wrong with her horses over the years that she was beginning to wonder if she was just an’ unlucky owner..‘

Aiden Murphy and I bought Station Master for her at Goffs Doncaster Sales in May and we were hopeful that he would do the job..Yesterday he started to do just that. Penny’s other horse Wandrin Star runs tomorrow at their ‘favourite’ track Ffos Las..Apparently they serve a cracking Sunday lunch..

Diamond Gait was our other winner and that was in the lucky last, the bumper.

Norman Carter has two horses of his own here and both have now won a 2 miles flat race with in the last week. Diamond Gait who was bred just up the road from here by Lizzie Wills and Sunblazer are Normans two horses. Sunblazer won at Newmarket last week and Diamond Gait yesterday so a really good week for Norman.

To watch Station Master's race

To watch Diamond Gait's race.

4 winners in two days.. exhausting but just in case you thought I would be celebrating long into the night you would have been right, but I was hobbling around Warwick yesterday having buggered up my knee and on seeing somebody on the way home they sent me straight to A&E in Cheltenham with a suspected Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)..

Some hours later and after blood testes etc I was sent home in one piece and no I don’t have a DVT.. But that little visit stopped any thoughts of partying last night..

The Racing Post said that the reason for all our success (or as they rudely put it resurgence)  was down to our new feed.. Dodson and Horrell.. Of course it has helped but we are lovely horses and fit horses.. Feed is important but having changed it is always a worry, but winners stop that. Resurgence.. hate that.. I did not know we had been going badly!

Saturday morning and David Bass was in to ride work and jump a few.

John Webber and Richard Sheppard were here first lot to see their horse Robin the Raven. Kevin Clancy called in third lot to see his horse Two For Gold.

We also had Gary and Heidi Parker and Richard and Jen Edwards who bought a Morning on the Gallops for charity and Maurice Molloy and Ron North from CD Tours.

We have two runners over the weekend.. Charbel heads to Wincanton today while Wandrin Star to Ffos Las Tomorrow. For my thoughts on all their chances please click here.

Shan Cook has been practicing her golf and to see how she has been getting on click here to watch.

You might want to see this horse who is for sale.. he is well worth buying as he has been showing plenty at home and nearly ready to run..Click here to see..

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday.

10th November 2017

Plus 11 and dry when driving in.

A good day in the office always helps shift a cold.. Much to the relief of my staff yesterdays two winners and a second meant a lighter headed boss this morning. Gone the headache and double vision!

Phil and Gill Andrews invested in racing by buying a share in the KBRP horses Blazon and Vinndicaton from this web site and then they bought Dandy Dan.

Yesterday their Dandy Dan overturned a 7/2 odds on shot of Paul Nicholls to win his first hurdle race after winning his bumper, also at Ludlow, in the spring.

Dandy Dan was always handy looked beaten at the last (after a slow jump), but half way up the run in he put his head down and you could see he and David Bass were determined to win and that they did. He showed guts.

Our second runner of the day Little Chunk finished second and that was not too bad a run. He jumped well and ran to the line.

Our third runner of the day in the bumper Vinndication was always handy and with about 8 horses in a line a furlong from home young Richie Condon gave him a couple of smacks and they powered a length clear to win.

Huge celebrations from his happy team who many had made the long journey to Ludlow.

It was Richie’s first winner for us and the Moremoneythan Partnership of Phil and Gill Andrews, Philip and Sandra Arkwright, John Benson, Susan Brien, Chris Hill, Geoffrey Irving, David and Frances Ratcliffe, Darren Smith, Colin Stewart, Dave Wharton and Gerry Worcester had something to cheer and much to look forward to.

This email pinged across this morning..

'Good morning Kim

Wow, I am still and was speechless after yesterday’s excitement! Peter said at the beginning of this journey “if and when you’re in involved in a winner it’s better than most if not everything you’ve ever experienced in your life” to which I replied “everything?” and he gave me that look he does and smiled and to be fair to him his magnificent description was true, every word of it!!!

Good lord, what a feeling!!!

Thank you so much for the experience and the job yourself and your superb team do Kim, incredible!

Five runs in total between Monrocco, Dusty Pearl and Vinndication and I’ve witnessed an early retirement, an injury (recovering) and now a win....what a roller coaster! That said if you continue to deliver a 20% win rate for me I think I’ll need to bring a defribulator with me in the car from now on!

Keep up the great work

See you soon, from a very happy owner!

To finish Ludlow..It was very good to see Sam Morshead yesterday.. Supporting son Henry.

Champion Chase was sold for £8000.00 yesterday at Ascot Sales and has a good new home with Martin Bosley.

Our vet was in to scope a couple

We have two runners today at Warwick. Station Master and Diamond Gait and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Anne Taylor sent this over..

In days of old when knights were bold and suits were made of tin

No mournful cry escaped the guy who sat down on a pin!

9th November 2017

Plus 8 and dry when driving in.

Thursday is our easy day but not for The Last Samuri, Knockanrawley, Harry Topper and Johnny Ocean who all had an away day work out.

Being heavy with cold means I am not in the best of humours so not much to add todays blog bar the fact that Champion Chase heads to Ascot Sales and we have three runners at Ludlow... Dandy Dan, Little Chunk and Vinndication and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Man cold.. Let me promise you whisky in coffee does not help that much at 5am.. Tanners might later though..

This jokes does not start well for me..

Frank always looked on the bright side no matter what the circumstances.

He would constantly irritate his friends with his eternal optimism.

No matter how horrible the circumstance, he would always reply “It could have been worse.”

To cure him of his annoying habit, his friends decided to invent a situation so completely bad, so terrible, that even Frank could find no hope in it.

On the golf course one day, one of them said, “Frank, did you hear about Tom?

He came home last night, found his wife in bed with another man, shot them both and then turned the gun on himself!”

“That's awful,” said Frank, “But it could have been worse.”

“How could it have been worse?”

“Well,” replied Frank, “If it happened the night before, I'd be dead now!”

To finish.. Jeremy Maxwell was worried that yesterdays blog read like it was his obituary.. NO..Jeremy is still very much alove and kicking...

8th November 2017

Minus 2 and frost on my windscreen and dry when driving in.

Yesterday certainly was a wet one. The ground at Exeter changed hugely and there were some very tired horses.

Silver Kayf ran well to finish 4th.. annoying that it had rained as he would have preferred better ground, but having said that he jumped well and it was a good enough run… What a shame he fell at Warwick last time.. what if?!

Champagne to Go struggled.. much softer than she encountered last time when she ran so well  at Newton Abbot.

David Bass in and many worked.. Peter Kerr was here to video and a video of this morning's work can be seen here. We also jumped Rhaegar, Dandy Dan and Rocky's Treasure and a video can be seen here.

Happy 70th birthday to Jeremy Maxwell..

Yes Jeremy your fan club have been in touch in the shape of Mairéad O’Grady.

For those of you who don’t know Jeremy, he was a hugely successful trainer based in Northern Ireland. He was also a very successful stud owner and breeder, and of course a well known seller of good jump horses.

Top jump horses Rhyme 'N' Reason, Rathgorman, By The Way, Going Straight (well named) were some of the good horses he sold and trained.

I bought a few horses off Jeremy including Richville..I always enjoyed his banter when I called in to see him with Michael Stroud

Glebe House Stud was and still is Jeremy’s home base and although he no longer stands a stallion he still keeps himself busy at the sales... and sending me jokes so rude that I can never use them.... In his hay day Jeremy stood many stallions including Harwell, No Argument, Kemal and Mister Mat.. His last stallion was Tikkenen.

Anyway Jeremy have a great day and this joke is ideal for you .. I think?

Called the Taxman Cometh

At the end of the tax year, the Tax Office sent a tax inspector to audit the books of a local hospital.
While the taxman was checking the books, he turned to the executive of the hospital and said  “I notice you buy a lot of bandages. I imagine there's a lot of wastage there. What do you do with the end of the roll when there's too little left to be of any use?"

"Good  question," noted the executive. "We save them up and send them back to the bandage company and every once in a while, they send us a free roll."

"Oh," replied the taxman, somewhat disappointed that his unusual question had a practical answer.

However, he was now well mounted on his favourite hobby horse and ready to be critical. “What about all these plaster purchases? What do you do with what's left over after setting a cast on a patient?"

"Ah, yes," replied the executive, who actually hadn't a clue, but rising to the challenge he said, "We  save that too, and send it back to the manufacturer and every so often they send us a free bag of plaster.."

"My, my, an answer for everything!" responded the auditor, who also fancied himself a bit of a wit. "What do you do with all  the remains from the circumcision surgeries?"

"Here, too, we do not  waste," answered the executive. "What we do is save all the little foreskins and send them to the tax office, and about once a year they send us a complete prick."

7th November 2017

Plus 9 and drizzling when driving in.

Ben Arthur parted company with David Bass at Plumpton yesterday. He was finding the track too tight although he might have been placed if they had stayed together.

This morning we worked Our Belle Amie, Station Master, Commodore Barry and Laval Noir.

Ireland celebrating? Well they certainly should do as they finished first, second and third in the Melbourne Cup. Joseph beat his farther Aiden with Willie third. O’Brien’s and Mullins.. Irelands top trainers. Video of last couple of furlongs..

Hughie Morrison, whose birthday it is today, sadly failed in his bid for a fairy-tale present as his horse Marmelo, who was the co favourite, finished 9th.

Amazing to think that Australia’s  greatest race was ruined by overseas horses.. 9 of the first 11 were horses that were either trained in or bought from Europe.

One of our vets was in this morning..

This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts are..Sunblazer goes up 3 on the flat after his win at Newmarket last week to 85, Milord down 2 over fences and hurdles to 113 and 118, Alfies Choice up 5 to 115 for finishing second last week at Wetherby, Blazon enters at 112, Charbel is reassessed over hurdles to 149, while The Last Samuri is also reassessed over hurdles to 154.. I am sorry but that is bloody rediculous.. When TLS last ran over hurdles he was beaten on a rating of 130 and now he is 5lbs higher than Charbel...Sorry but this rule makes no sense at times.. Handicapping at its worst.

Cotwold Film Company were here again playing with drone footage..

We have two runners today art Exeter. Silver Kayf and Champagne To Go and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

A math joke

Teacher: Did your parents help you with these homework problems?

Pupil: No I got them all wrong by myself!

A math joke
Teacher: Did your parents help you with these homework problems?
Pupil: No I got them all wrong by myself!

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A math joke
Teacher: Did your parents help you with these homework problems?
Pupil: No I got them all wrong by myself!

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Teacher: Did your parents help you with these homework problems?
Pupil: No I got them all wrong by myself!

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