1st October 2014
Plus 13 and dry when driving in. Could that be a record for the first day of October at 5.45am..
September was the driest on record and just about the warmest.
Jason Maguire, Ed Cookson and David Bass were all in for a couple of lots while we worked most of the horses. We also gave Up For An Oscar, Gallery Exhibition and Viking Ridge a jump over fences.'
Derek and Pam Hedden called in third lot to see their daughter Sandra Steer Fowler's horses Such A Legend and 'Twiggy'; they also saw Fizzy Dancer and A shade Of Bay who Sandra owns but has leased out to the A&RRC and the HFRP respectively.
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Irish woman of advanced age visited her physician to ask his advice on reviving her husband's libido.
'What about trying Viagra?' asked the doctor.
'Not a chance', she said...'He won't even take an aspirin.'
'Not a problem,' replied the doctor. 'Give him an 'Irish Viagra'...
'What is Irish Viagra?', she asked.
It's when you drop the Viagra tablet into his coffee. He won't even taste it. Give it a try and call me in a week to let me know how things went..'
It was a week later when she called the doctor, who directly inquired as to her progress.
The poor dear exclaimed, 'Oh, faith, bejaysus and begorrah T'was horrid! Just terrible, doctor!'
'Really? What happened?' asked the doctor.
'Well, I did as you advised and slipped it in his coffee and the effect was almost immediate. He jumped straight up, with a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye and with his pants a-bulging fiercely! With one swoop of his arms, he sent me cups and saucers flying, ripped me clothes to tatters and took me then and there passionately on the tabletop! T'was a nightmare, I tell you, an absolute nightmare!'
'Why so terrible?' asked the doctor, 'Do you mean the sex your husband provided wasn't good?'
'Freakin' jaysus, it was the best sex I've had in 25 years! But sure as I'm sittin' here, I'll never be able to show me face in Starbucks again !!
If you have noticed a few spelling mistakes over the last couple of days please accept my apologies. For some reason I have lost spell cheque and waiting on Kerry to reinstall..
30th September 2014
Plus 13 and dry when driving in.
An early start to Lambourn with Gold Man (Tom Bellamy) and Gaelic Myth (Ed Cookson)
Todays Racing Post runs an article on Alex Scott who was killed 20 years ago today.
Alex, who was 34 and training in Newmarket was shot by one of his employees Clem O'Brien. It understandably shocked the racing world.
Seeing Alex's picture in the paper reminds me of all the fun we had when he was in West Ilsley as assistant to Major Dick Hern.
Alex was a lively and fun character and a bloody good trainer; a man who always wanted to be just that and was driven to be. In his short career short he trained some very good horses.
The Alex Scott Memorial Fund Assistant Trainers' Scholarship was established in 1996 to provide assistant trainers with the chance to spend a month gaining experience of working outside Britain..Charlie Duckworth was last years winner of this award.
The result of The Country Life Fair's draw for A share in a racehorse was pulled out of the hat yesterday and the winner was Caroline Jedburgh. Well done Caroline and we will be in touch.
This weeks movers and shakers in the handicap charts are...Sunblazers flat rating went up 3 to 81 while Patsys Castle went up 5 to 123
Jump racing steps up a gear today at Chepstow; larger fields and good ground although we don't have any runners.
Jeremy Maxwell has sent another funny over..he describes it as topical..
Golfer at Ryder Cup slices a horrible drive straight into the Gallery. A man goes down, hands clutching groin area. He's in agony, so a young lady Marshall runs to help.
'I'm a trained first aider' she says 'I can help relieve the pain'.
She is very insistent so eventually he allows her to massage his groin.
After 10 mins of treatment she asks him 'How does that feel?'
He replies, 'Feels great, but I still think I've broken my thumb'.
I asked if anybody could name my last flat winner and I believe it was Biloxi Blues at Newmarket in July 1989. A great deal has happened since that date!
29th September 2014
27th September 2014
Plus 14 and dry in London this morning.
A flat winner at Wolverhampton!!
Yes Sunblazer and Dougie Costello did the business last night at 8.50..staggering?
Pleased tell me..when was my last flat winner?
Mat in charge at Thorndale, while I am away, and he will be watching all the horses working.
Mel Pyman and Sue Tagg were here third lot to see their horse Boolavard King. The KBRP in BK is now full.
David Crompton was also here to see his horse A Shade Of Bay canter; David is a member of the HFRP.. we still have a few shares left in this lovely mare.. please come and join in. Rob Steele is...
We have one runner over the weeknd and that is West End at Market Rasen this afternoon. Jason Maguire rides in what looks a tough contest. Up the 16lbs for winning at Southwell could be enough to stop him?... we shall see.
Before you go and enjoy your weekend, why not test you fears for heights and watch this video..
26th September 2014
Plus 15 and drizzling when driving in.
Winner number 22 came up yesterday at Perth when Patsys Castle won under an ispired ride from Jason Maguire. Good to have him back..
PC does not like being in front too long, but the slow pace of the race meant that he had to take control a long way from home; they held on..
I was not too keen on the idea of heading North to Perth with one runner; it is a bloody long way and you need to win to justify the trip.
So when the race reopened, due to lack of original entries, Phil Moorby, PC's Gibraltar based owner suggested we should enter.
When we rang round the trainers who had entries, to see who was likely to run, the green light was pressed.
Sadly being such short notice Phil could not make it, but having said that the flights were probably full due to the fact that some golf game is about to start today at Gleneagles.
Phil and I watched on TV and both of us were very relieved that we made the right decision to send PC all that way on his own.
Cheekpieces made a huge difference, which was something AP McCoy suggested after he won on him a couple of weeks ago at Worcester.
PC also won the best turned out prize again and that would have helped Leigh Pollard with sweets on the long drive home. A sugar rush!
Todays is the last day of the County Cricket season.. summer over. It is usually a two sweater game but with our Indian summer they have had the best summers cricket ever.
I am not one to get into a public debate over the current euthanasia of horses debate but those dreadful pictures of Wigmore Hall have sparked a huge furore when it comes to subject of euthanasing a horse at the races.
I am a fan of vet Simon Knapp who is the vet at Kempton and Sandown; Simon has written an article on the Racing UK site and has been interviewed at length by Lydia Hislop.
Simon is all for removing firearms from the vets racecourse equipment as a way of euthanising a horse. Simon believes that all vets should only use lethal injections.
Surely there are times when that descision has to be made by the vet on the scene and the use of a bullet might be the preferred method. Vets need to be able to have that choice.. Please accept we all hate having to put horses down but sometimes it is more humane and quicker to use one method over the other.
To end on a sad note Toby Balding died last night. Toby was a great trainer and a very special man; he will be much missed.
Oh I nearly forgot we have a rare runner on the flat tonight at Wolverhampton.
Sunblazer and Dougie Costello are re united. Dougie was the person who suggested that I should buy Sunblazer and tonight he has his chance to prove himself right!
I am not good on flat form but he has won at Wolverhampton in the past and who knows he might again tonight.
8.50 is well past my bedtime so I will not be there...Mat is really looking foward to driving Sunblazer and saddling him.
We are now all ready for tomorrows Countrylife Fair.. Hope to see some of you there?
25th September 2014
Plus 7 and dry when driving in.
Thursday is always our easy day. Those horses who worked yesterday have an easier day; a trip around the farm..
Clare, Kerry and I left Thorndale at 5.30 this morning and hope to be back home in time to watch Patsy's Castle run at Perth at 3.20pm.
PC carries a penalty for his recent win at Worcester which could be troublesome, especially as TFFFN fancies his runner.
Jason Maguire replaces AP McCoy.. Not something that happens that often? Jason has ridden PC a couple of times so he knows him and with the aid of sheepskin cheek pieces they must have every chance, although it looks soft enough up there. As David Rushton emailed.. 'Hi KB, about 800 miles.... you cant afford to come second!!'
Sadly PC's owner Phil Moorby cannot make the trip, so he and I will be watching from afar on TV, although Phil is in Gibraltar..
Able Deputy is on his way to Belgium where he will fly out to the USA. He was bought by Steve Price of Atlantic Equine on behalf of Irvin Naylor and when Able Deputy arrives he will be trained by Cyril Murphy.
The world is going mad and there has been a call to arms from President Obama to remove Isil. David Cameron has recalled Parliament tomorrow to discuss.
So are you confused by what is going on in the Middle East?
Let me explain.
We support the Iraqi government in the fight against ISIS.
We don't like ISIS, but ISIS is supported by Saudi Arabia who we do like.
We don't like Assad in Syria. We support the fight against him, but ISIS is also fighting against him.
We don't like Iran, but Iran supports the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIS.
So some of our friends support our enemies, some enemies are now our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting against our other enemies, who we want to lose, but we don't want our enemies who are fighting our enemies to win.
If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they could be replaced by people we like even less.
And all this was started by us invading a country to drive out terrorists who were not actually there until we went in to drive them out.
It's quite simple, really. Do you understand NOW?
24th September 2014
Plus 11 and damp when driving in. Yes we had some rain overnight..and now
Jockeys David Bass and Ed Cookson were in for a couple of lots this morning. We worked most of the horses.
Julie Martin and Dan Hall were hoping to 'fly in' for breakfast ...and watch Ballyknock Lad, Darna, West End and Bonne Fee perform on the gallops. But sadly the weather prompted the following text from Julie..
Low clouds over Coventry ! (bet they had wished for that in 1940) Brize Norton only 200 ft. So it looks like we won't be able to fly. I was looking forward having our first every breakfast at Thorndale. And of course seeing the horses!
I am sure there will be another time..
David and Annie Jenks were here third lot to see Magic Money
It was a busy morning packing up and preparing for this weekends Country Life Fair. We will be in London tomorrow morning setting things up which means a very early start.
Sadly being in London will mean that I shall be missing a trip to my favourite racecourse Perth.
Patsy's Castle heads up there today for a race over 3 miles tomorrow.
Talking horses Able Deputy, who has won four races this summer and is currently rated 151 has been sold to race in the USA. He leaves this afternoon and will race in America on October 4th in Middleburgh Virginia.
It is really sad to lose AD as he has been here since a 4 year old but with a rating of 151 we would certainly struggle with him, race wise, as he is above any race banding for next summer. Able Deputy should be an ideal horse for racing on their fast ground as he seems to love it.
The Perriss's open day was a huge success yesterday which prompted an email last night from John saying..
''Many thanks to you, Clare, Kerry, Mat and all the team for making today such a wonderful experience. Everything about the day from how well the horses looked, the friendliness and good natured spirit of the team, and the fun we enjoyed during a lengthy lunch are the reasons why we’ve been with you so long.''
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This video is all about gun safety.. Please don't look if you are easily shocked..It is not for the fainthearted..
23rd September 2014
Plus 4 and dry when driving in.
The day started with a 6 am meeting with Tom Howley; Tom, who works for Easyfix was here to see about putting down some rubber matting around parts of the yard before winter sets in.
After sorting him out it was then off to Lambourn taking Un Ace, Fizzy Dancer, Gallery Exhibition and Grand March.
While I was overseeing at Lambourn, Mat was looking after John and Liz Wills who were here first lot to watch Net Work Rouge perform up the gallops.
John and Penny Perriss are here mid morning for their personal open day... Sounds good doesn't it. This will be John's 25th KBR Open Day.
We will parade John's horses Azure Aware, By The Boardwalk, Molly's A Diva, The Drinkymeister and Knocklayde Express along with Penny Perriss's Premier Portrait and The Scarlett Woman in front of an audience of their guests... John and Jackie Porter, Tony and Caroline Ashall, Jane Starkey, Penny Brown and Victor and Nicky Lay.
The horses will then canter up the gallops and then they will have a guided tour of the yard and horses, which will be followed by lunch at The Wheatsheaf to pondered the season ahead.. Mat will be joining us. Exhausting?
Gillie Leigh is calling in during evening stables to see her share in THFRP horse A Shade Of Bay.
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This weeks movers and shakers in the handicap charts are... Bonne Fee up 7 to 125.
Three nuns died at the same time.
At the Pearly Gates, they are met by St. Peter. He says, 'Sisters, you all led such exemplary lives that the Lord is granting you six months to go back to earth and be anyone you wish to be.’
The first nun says, 'I want to be Sophia Loren.' And *poof* she's gone.
The second says, 'I want to be Madonna’ and *poof* she's gone.
The third says, 'I want to be Sarah Pipalini..'
St. Peter looks perplexed. 'Who?' he asks. 'Sarah Pipalini,' replies the nun.
St. Peter shakes his head and says, 'I'm sorry, but that name just doesn't ring a bell.'
The nun then takes a newspaper out of her habit and hands it to St. Peter.
St. Peter reads the paper and starts laughing. He hands it back to her and says. 'No sister, the paper says it was the 'Sahara Pipeline' that was laid by 1,400 men in 6 months.'
22nd September 2014
Plus 2 and dry when driving in, yes a chilly start.
Frustrating is how you would describe Milords run at Uttoxeter yesterday.
Milord settled and jumped well, which are two things he has not in the past.
The settling bit was possibly what undid his chances as I suggested to the great man on top to drop him in and get him to settle and then deliver.
He settled, they went too slow, and then turned the race into a sprint and Milord is not fast.
Second again and the great man on top said if he had ridden him how he would liked to have, he would have won....Next time.. AP has said that 3 times this summer and all three times he has delivered next time.. I hope he has the chance.
Disappointing for his owners who are desperate for a win and the same can be said for punters who lost money on him.. David Greene tweeted..'Do us a favour and retire that mule of a horse Milord!!'... I am not sure David Greene that his owners would be very happy with your comments.
Monday morning and fresh horses.
Weather watching this week as we have horses who with another couple of serious pieces of work will be ready to run. The Weather says another month of summer like conditions which is not helpful as these horses want and need good ground. The dice will roll if I throw it...?
Lets finish Monday with a good old fashioned brain teaser
Please count every F's in the following text.
FINISHED FILES ARE THE RESULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS.....
How many F's?
Count them again.
Wrong.. there are 6..
Read it again..
Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 'F's before you scroll down.
The brain cannot process "OF".
20th September 2014
Plus 16, foggy and drizzling when driving in.
What a fantastic day yesterday was.. two winners.. an across the card double..and Scotland remains in the Union
By far the most important event happened down at Newton Abbot where Bonne Fee carried Jason Maguire to his first winner back after his injury. We were all so pleased to be part of his recovery and it was just great to be able to help him.
I don't believe any of us have any idea what Jason has been through over the last 6 months, but that first ride back and that first winner was the gift he has been dreaming of for all of that time off.
Tom Bellamy was originally booked to ride as I did not think Jason was riding until Sunday, but as soon as I saw he was riding one for Donald McCain we just had to be there to help.
A great result, and one that was not missed on Bonne Fee's owner/breeders as Julie (from Wales) and David (Scotland) Martin are big supporters of the yard and huge Jason fans.. Oh by the way BF was trained by me (English).
Over at Worcester, where I drove the horsebox, Ed Cookson produced a master ride to win on his mothers Up For An Oscar. He just held on and UFAO will now head to Cheltenham in a months time.
It was popular win as all Ed's family were present to watch and enjoy.
I have been vocally rude about Worcester for a while now and the good news is that they now have a top clerk of the course but more importantly their Head groundsman Duncan Penney deserves a huge amount of credit for producing miracles on the racecourse... grass and more grass, consistent and level.
Worcester are still not exempt from my criticism as their owners facilities are poor and the racecourse feels pretty tired. But one worse is the fact that the racecourse stables, which are on the far side of the racecourse, has a dingy canteen; not only does it have no viewing of the racecourse but no TV, let alone Attheraces, for the stable staff to watch. Personally I think that is a disgrace..
Worcester you need to look after those, who look after the horses that run in your races..
Looking after others is important as TNDGB did that for me yesterday morning when correcting my grammar on my blog.. Thanks George.
We move on today. Loads working and stepping up.. The season is upon us.
Eric Hardman,Yvonne Wilkinson and Ian Milne were here for a 'Morning on the gallops followed by Breakfast.. Booked through CD Tours.
Dave Tyler was here to see the A&RRC horse Fizzy Dancer work as were recent joiners John and Veronica Full.
We also welcomed Steve Winter to Thorndale.. Steve is part of The Irrational Group who have bought Derrintogether Bliss.
Steve made contact last week as a result of the web site and this morning we met. I hope the horse is well named and they have some fun here..
With no jump racing today we are lunching at The Wheatsheaf and supporting their charity farmers day.
We have one runner tomorrow at Uttoxeter and in many ways one I am not looking forward to..
Milord should really win, but I am now pinching myself everytime I have a runner as with 21 winners it is all going so well.
Milord should have won several races by now, but he seems to have become a bit of a Jonah horse..
Tomorrow AP McCoy (fresh from having beer cans thrown at him, yes at Worcester) takes the ride.. I just hope they do what they should and win....The big danger is Princess Tara
Sorry it has been a long winded one this morning but if you are still with me..
My visit to Essex resulted in this link..
A tough old hill farmer gave some good advice to his granddaughter.
He told her that the secret to a long life was to sprinkle a pinch of gunpowder onto her porridge every morning. The granddaughter followed this dictum religiously until her death at the venerable age of 103.
She left behind 14 children, 30 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 25 great-great-grandchildren and a forty foot hole where the crematorium used to be.
Have a good weekend..