Baileys Blog

22nd June 2024

Plus 14 and damp when driving in. A rain shower overnight.

The final day of Royal Ascot. It has been a great week of racing so far.

It was a day to spend time on the River Wye trying to catch that elusive salmon. Bigsweir beat and I was at the top of it.

I always wear an inflatable life jacket as I don’t have the greatest reputations of not falling in.

The top beat you have to slide down into the river from a rather high bank and as the river was fairly coloured (pollution?) I could not judge whether I was sliding into 6 foot or 2 foot of water.. I missed judged it and sat on my bottom on a rock and slipped under, although not totally under water.. The important life jacket did not go off so I thought it must not have got wet in the area that would inflate it..

I fished down the beat for an hour and then got out of the river to fish down again, and on passing my car I felt the urge for a can of San Miguel and a rest.

I sat in the drivers seat and turned on the radio opened the can and relaxed when suddenly the inflatable life jacket went off..

I gave me such a shock that my beer went everywhere and then I realised that it was so inflated that I could not get out of the car..I did not know how to deflate it and with no mobile reception I was stuck..

I had to tilt the seat flat back and finally I turned around and crawled out over the back seat, which was down, and through the open boot on my hands and knees to get out.. Exhausting!! The watching cows moooed with amusement!

Supper at The Old Butchers last night with Kim and Sarah Smith-Bingham..

I have not seen Kim for some time, and he was adamant that he should take Clare and I out to reminisce and celebrate the fact that I rehomed John Stanley’s Cheval de Guerre to him some years ago.. Kim said that CdG finest horse he had ever hunted, showed and team chased. Kim adored him and cannot that John enough for allowing him to rehome him..

We lost the cricket last night.. The West Indies beat England in a thrilling game and now the Football and Cricket teams rely on others to survive.

A quick note that we have a new number one tennis player Jack DreaperJack beat the worlds number one Carlos Alcaraz and Queens this week.. we like that.

Friday morning..

Stuart and Georgina Portlock were here to see their KBRS horse Zmiinyi.

Harry Bailey and his wife to be India Smith staying the weekend before they head down to Cornwall for their big day on Friday.

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday.

21st June 2024

Plus 10 and dry when driving in and winter is on the ay.. The days start to shorten ..

Driving to Ascot has become a doddle this week. We have always left plenty of time assuming that the traffic would not be great, especially on Gold Cup day yesterday, but like Wednesday we drove straight in. The complete opposite of driving in to the  Cheltenham Festival.

We were so early that we bumped into Tom Malone, David Pipe and his son Jack and had a quick pint in the empty owners and trainer bar..

Lunch with Kevin and Mary Clancy and family, and when I mean family.. I mean Irish family. There were times when the box was not big enough to accommodate them all.. I have known Kevin and Mary for years and it is areal honour for Clare and I to be included in their family day.

Two boxes down Jason and Lauren Maguire were in Paul Rooney’s box .. Jason manages their horses and in his jockey days used to ride for them.

Harry Bailey (gets married a week today in St Enodoc) who had been with Coolmore Australia's box joined us in both boxes.. So all in all a really fun day at Royal Ascot.

Yesterday racing was again excellent. Aiden O'Brien again showing what a bloody genius he is when winning the Ascot Gold Cup with  Kyprios..

And just to show that he can win at longer prices.. First time visor on Port Fairy at 12/1.

Ryan Moore passes Frankie Dettori's total of Royal Ascot wins..

The journey home was marred  by listening to a very below par performance from England’s football team.. Nothing new there I suppose!

Friday morning and Rupert Longsdon of Oxford Ski Company held a breakfast meeting for several local business.. Racing being one of them!

England play South Africa today. T20 World Cup

20th June 2024

Plus 10 and dry when driving in.

Worcester was warm and frankly Le Cameleon was too careful on the ground and as a result never really happy.. That will be it for him for a while and he will have a summer break.

Ascot as also warm.. I just love Ascot as a racecourse they just do it so well whether it be jumping or flat racing.

Lunch with CC’s owners fun and what a great way to spend a day at the Royal meeting. Good to bump into Patrick and Sophie Birkbeck.. a long way from home for them..

Listen to England beat The West Indies on the way home. They were impressive.. unlike Scotland at the Euros, but they survived.

Andy Murray injured again.. will he even make Wimbledon for his swansong?

Back to Ascot today with Kevin Clancy and family. Our annual day with him is always fun...

England play Denmark.. That will be another listen to on the way home..

A man enters a cafe and sits at a table.

A waitress asks for his order.

“One coffee, please, without cream,” he replies.

The waitress responds, “I’m sorry, but you’ll have to take it without milk; we haven’t any cream”.


19th June 2024

Plus 10 and dry when driving in.

Fabulous racing at Royal Ascot yesterday.. Tuesday at RA, rather like Cheltenham is the best days racing of their respective meetings.

Sir Mark Prescott.. Matt Chapman so enjoyed interviewing Sir Mark after his win with Pledgeofallegiance.

This was shocking news..

Sheep on the move here as the shearers are coming to clip away .. Disco noise as they have to dance while shearing apparently.

Back to Royal Ascot and another great days racing ahead. Lunch with Chianti Classico’s owners..

We have one runner today at Worcester. Le Cameleon runs the the Rory Daly Memorial Chase..I was a big fan of Rory's and family and would really love to win his race.. For my thoughts please click here,.

The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it is difficult to determine whether or not they are genuine... Abraham Lincoln

18th June 2024

Plus 10 and dry when driving in.

A first for this summer.. Watching Archie play at Rockhampton without having to scurry into the pavilion to avoid the rain..

There is virtually no mobile reception at Rockhampton, but is it me or has Vodafone really lost the plot when it comes to reception.. It is now shocking here at Thorndale.. which is probably the reason why Mat is always complaining and thinks that he has an old phone.. only 16 months old, but is it just over used and worn out?

Crazy sale last night at Goffs London Sale..

No vet in this morning as he was here all day yesterday. This week’s movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts was Mikhailovich up 8 to 114.

Royal Ascot starts today and we are heading there tomorrow and Thursday… It is a very special week of racing for those who enjoy watching good horses battle up that famous straight. Those who don’t I am sure will enjoy it too, but for different reasons.

Marcus Armytage on how to survive Royal Ascot

This was an unexpected story in yesterday Racing Post.. A sad but lovely read..

Which rock group has four guys who can't sing or play instruments?

Mount Rushmore..

To finish.. Happy birthday to staff member Tesni Jones..

17th June 2024

Plus 7 and dry when driving in. The sun is out..

Rain here over the weekend was 15mm, but Worcester down the road had 2mm and Stratford 5mm.. so localised and not very helpful if you want to run a horse who wants winter good ground, not summer good ground….

I have a problem with Clerks of the course who are too frightened to add the word good to firm into their ground descriptions..

The going descriptions should now be described as ‘winter good’ ground and ‘summer good’ ground and believe me there is a huge difference.

Stratford by their own admission is summer good ground and are watering to maintain, which is basically means that is good to firm in places..

It is very confusing for owners who read the word 'good' and then trainers take their horse out because they believe it is faster, having walked the course.

It happened at Uttoxeter 2 weeks ago when Mat took Fair Frontieres out as it was far quicker that forecasted good ground....

Good ground desciptions should now change to 'summer good ground' and 'winter good ground'.. Not great for our chasers/ hurdlers as you never know what to expect, although we soon learn what Clerks to trust..

Do you have problems when getting up at the moment with your winter/summer jumpers/jerseys??

Bloody hell for a moment I thought Australia were trying to lose to Scotland.. It was certainly a hairy day for England as rain played a huge part in so nearly sending us home..England did beat Namibia in a silly rain-soaked game and then had to watch Australia and Scotland and for one moment Scotland looked like winning..Anyway England are through to the super 8s..

Euros.... England won athough I cannot say it was good game to watch. Mat says England are slow starters?

Golf. US Open.. Rory second!

Tennis. Boulter beat Raducanu....Jack Draper won his first ATP Tour win in Stuttgard.

Mat went early doors to walk Worcester racecourse.. declarations are at 10am this morning..

David Shuttle called in to see his KBRS Does He Know..

Graham Potts was here this morning to flu vac all the horses in the fields..

British humour can be hard to understand?

In WW2 the Germans built a false airbase, wooden buildings, wooden aircraft etc as a decoy target

A few days after they had completed it the RAF sent over a bomber and dropped a single on it, which failed to explode.

When the Germans examined the UXB, It was made of wood.

The Germans were not amused.

To finish.. Happy birthday to Nick Cook..

15th June 2024

Plus 9 and dry when driving in. 7mm of rain overnight..

Mikhailovich won last night at Market Rasen. It was an extraordinary race to watch as he looked like being tailed off, he was so far behind and then turning for home still looking in a potential hopeless position he started to get going and then won easily in the end.. The race was run at far too fast a pace..

Mikhailovich showed the benefit of Laura Collett’s jumping practice..

Ian Dimmer called in for a chat..... Ian, time you had a share in a horse with us again??

Karen Masters called in to see her KBRS horses Zmiiny, Isle Of Gold and Does He Know

Talking DHK, his brother who we bought (lot 171) at Goffs on Monday arrived from Ireland at Martin Jones yesterday morning..Martin will be breaking him in for us..

US Open.....Ludvig Aberg leads

The Euros.......Scotland and Germany..A shocking start for Scotland.. England take on Serbia tomorrow.

Tennis.. Nottingham Open..

T20 World Cup Cricket. Big day for England and Scotland..

One of our great traditions.. Trooping of the Colour..

Once upon a time there lived a king. The king had a beautiful daughter, the PRINCESS.

But there was a problem. Everything the princess touched would melt.

No matter what; metal, wood, stone. Anything she touched would melt.

Because of this, men were afraid of her. Nobody would dare marry her.

The king despaired. What could he do to help his daughter?

He consulted his wizards and magicians. One wizard told the king, "If your daughter touches one thing that does not melt in her hands, she will be cured."

The king was overjoyed and came up with a plan.

The next day, he held a competition. Any man that could bring his daughter an object that would not melt would marry her and inherit the king's wealth.


The first brought a sword of the finest steel. But alas, when the princess touched it, it melted.

The prince went away sadly.

The second prince brought diamonds. He thought diamonds are the hardest substance in the world and would not melt. But alas, once the princess touched them, they melted.

He too was sent away disappointed.

The third prince approached. He told the princess, "Put your hand in my pocket and feel what is in there."

The princess did as she was told, though she turned red. She felt something hard. She held it in her hand.
And it did not melt!!!

The king was overjoyed.. Everybody in the kingdom was overjoyed.

And the third prince married the princess and they both lived happily ever after.

Question: What was in the prince's pants?
M&M's of course. They melt in your mouth, not in your hand.

What were you thinking?

Have a great weekend and Good luck to England's football and cricket teams..

See you on Monday..

14th June 2024

Plus 11 and raining when driving in. 6mm of rain overnight.

Sorry for the late blog but an early visit to A&E in my favourite hospital with Mrs B.. nothing too serious..Stitches and out within just over an hour. The doctor who looked after Mrs B said that she was her first patient of his 12 hour shift so he was seeing her in a good mood..

Worcester.. My first visit of the season and the first since the building of the new weighing room and new paddock. Better..

I have to say they have tried so hard to make a change to their racecourse and it is a case of working in progress.. The paddock is a huge improvement as it is the winners enclosure, but it is hard to attract a crowd as it is at the end on the area designated for horses.. i.e. where the old saddling boxes were..

Worcester like Warwick suffer from lack of room to expand. One has a river running behind it and the other a road.. Both racecourses try.

There was far better feel about the racecourse, although last night frankly it was like racing in February as it was cold and wet and an evening meeting that struggled to tempt anybody, bar owners and avid racegoers to attend.

Louise Daly was working her butt off in the owners and trainers’ room, clearing and helping to find people somewhere to sit..

Much more importantly we were there to watch Parc d'Amour run and run well he did. The race was run far too slowly for him and being a horse who must be held up that did not help. He jumped well and was just overtaken on the line for second.. No disgrace..

On the way home I met Mrs B at a new Greek restaurant recommend by my Mario.....Meat The Greek at No 3 is family run restuarant.. small and fun with excellent service. Mat would enjoy eating there.

Home in time to watch England hammer Oman.. Now they must beat Namibia and then hope Scotland don’t beat Australia.. Then England will be through to the next round of the T20 World Cup.

England through to the next round? Well, the Euros start today and Scotland will do well to beat the home side Germany in their opening game.. England play Serbia on Sunday....    

Listening to Nick Luck's podcast yesterday was pretty harrowing. Lydia Hislop and Nick covered the dreaful RTE programme from Wednesday night  but then finished with a brilliant tribute to their friend Jonathan Neesom.

Goffs sales finished yesterday..3 days of unbroken 3 years olds.

We have one runner tonight at Market Rasen. Mikhailovich heads there and for my thoughts please click here.

Richard Laycock sent an email yesterday..

You mentioned that temperatures this time last year were in the 30s.

However if you are old enough to remember, 49 years ago a cricket match in Buxton, between Derbyshire and Lancashire  was affected by snow !

Variability in English weather is nothing new.

13th June 2024

Plus 6 and dry when driving in..Not sure for how long.

Is this the hottest June since the dinosaurs were around! 32 degrees this day last year!

Jonathan Neesom..RIP..

Lydia Hislop left a message on my mobile at 10.45 on Tuesday evening asking me to ring her. I did yesterday morning and she passed on the news that Jonathan had passed away..

To say that I knew Jonathan well would be an over statement, but I really enjoyed his company.

For many years Jonathan, Nick Luck, Mat, and I hosted a Cheltenham preview evening at The Wheatsheaf on the eve of the Festival when The Wheatsheaf was run by Sam Pearman.. They were always, as you can imagine, fun and packed evenings, but neither Nick nor Jonathan would be in a hurry to go home after, which always amazed me considering they were live on RUK the following day.
I would always go and see Jonathan when he was working at the races and his information was always worth listening to..

Jonathan was fastidious form man who would tell you how your horse ran and enjoyed reminding you that his thoughts were right when some months later the said horse won..He was hugely knowledgeable about all sides of racing and just loved his point to pointing.. He had an encyclopaedic memory and had a wicked was evident in this twitter clip..

We shall miss him.. He was not a religious man so no funeral to attend, although he left some money for a few mates to drink to his memory.. Racing and those who knew him will miss him enormously..

Archie was playing at Eastnor Cricket ground yesterday for Gloucestershire against Hereford County..The result was probably never in doubt, but what a stunning ground..Archie only bowled in the first T20 match and took 3 wickets.

I bumped into Matt and Sam Sheppard and after a couple of drinks Matt showed me around his yard and drove me around the Eastnor Castle Estate where he trains his horses..Yes again stunning..

Strong trade again at Goffs Arkle sale..

Thinking stunning.. we have a runner at Worcester tonight.. Par d’Amour heads there and for my thoughts please click here.

If you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day.

But if you teach a man to fish, he will bore you to death with endless stories and photos of himself on facebook holding fish..

I just need to catch one!!  Be warned...

To finish.. Happy birthday to my sister, Amanda (Moo) Mordaunt...

12th June 2024

Plus 9 and dry when diving in.

I am sorry but where is/was summer?

Norman Carter was here first lot to see his horse Samatian go up the gallops.

I had a meeting in Banbury late yesterday morning and on the way home I called in to see John and Penny Perriss ..

We discussed horses, but decided it was 'too cold' to see their boys and girls out at grass as they were not looking at their best.

Another time when the sun might shine, and the horses were looking their best.. Hence it was sandwich and a glass or two of John's finest homemade lemonade!?

Leaving there late I noticed that I had several missed a call from Aiden Murphy..

Aiden had been trying to contact me; but I work on the theory that you should not have your phone on you in somebody else’s house.. unless needed! I was not expecting to be needed…

So..I was not expecting a call, although I did stupidly say to Aiden that if he saw a horse at the Goffs Arkle Sale that I ought to buy  ‘he should let me know’

Lot 171 came through the ring and guess what, we bought him..How could you resist it.. A very athletic, racy horse who is a half-brother to our really good chaser Does He Know..

Knocked down to Aiden Murphy/Kim Bailey for Euros 45,000.00..

Trade was very strong..

I hope his new owners, whoever they might be, will call him ‘Let Me Know’..

For more information on Lot 171 please ring Peter Kerr on 07901763643 or email  .. Peter has a video too..He is a cracker and is qualified for the big bumper next spring.. 100K..

Julie Harrington is the latest to leave racing