24th November 2015
Plus 8 and dry when driving. It was certainly not dry overnight as we had heavy rain.
Winning races puts smiles on owners faces and yesterday Glen Swire had a smile on his face after Gallery Exhibition won at Kempton.
Glen, who has just returned home after a spell in hospital was delighted to be able to shout his horse home from his sitting room, even if his trainer had suggested to him that GE had no chance..
It was a great, if unexpected win for the GFH Partnership of Glen and Caroline Swire, Elizabeth Parker-Jervis and Gerard Clinton. GE has two bad runs behind him and I suppose this race rather panned out for him as they went quick and the main horses ran disappointingly.. Who cares a winner for one of my longest servicing, and most loyal owners is always important.
The horse we expected to win at Ludlow did not… Policy Breach started hanging so badly 4 from home that Richie McLernon could not steer him and he failed to keep him straight going into the last that he ran out. The vets checked him over after and found nothing wrong; I am sure something will appear as to why he did what he did.. He is certainly not a monkey.
The ups and downs of racing? Both horses are fine this morning although my ego is bruised from some of the emails I was sent ..you would have thought I had planned both results!
Carol Bailey was here second lot this morning to see her two KBRP horses Boolavard King and Our Belle Aime.
Conor Shoemark and Tom Bellamy were in this morning. We worked Monkhouse and Mr Puck.We alsop jumped Nam Hai, Pulling Power, The Drinkymeister, Milord, Ballyknock Lad and Dueling Banjos.
We have no runners today although it is normal service here with Graham Potts our vet in for his weekly visit. Scoping a few up coming runners.
This weeks movers and shakers in the handicap charts are...Crazy Jack down 2 to 123, Kilty Caul down 1 to 114, Flemensmix up another 2 without leaving his box to 115, Trojan Star up 3 to 110, Aliandy enters at 109 and Mr Puck enters at 115
These are classified ads, which were actually placed in U.K. Newspapers:
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Mother is a Kennel Club registered German Shepherd.
Father is a Super Dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound.
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Also 1 gay bull for sale.
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Complete set of Encyclopaedia Britannica, 45 volumes.
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To finish.. Happy Birthday to Jeremy Deedes..
23rd November 2015
Minus 2 and dry when driving in.
You really cannot beat Ascot when it comes to having a good day out with owners.
Win, lose or draw our owners are all well looked after and as a result always ask to come back.
The bar is set so high by Ascot that other racecourse must really worry… perhaps they don't?
The Boom Syndicate had a great day out and their horse Kilty Caul collected some prize money by finishing 4th.
Gordon Farr who runs the Boom Syndicate who are.. Lynne and Lyn Carslake, Minty Clinch, Sean Crowley, Gary Liptrot, Bill Paton Nicky Van Dijk and Gerry Ward.
Anyway Gordon knows what it takes for his merry band to enjoy their day and makes their involvement in his happy team fun.
Kalanisi Glen was rather disappointing as he hung very badly left all the way.
There was a very strong wind blowing across the racecourse which I don't believe was the reason.. Anyway he was very immature in his attitude and I think the whole experience was more than he could cope with.
There will be other and better days for him. Both horses won best turned out awards.
At Huntingdon Trojan Star ran a far better race and finished 2nd while Same Ole Trix was brought down half way through the race..Bugger!!
Saturday night at the Hannon’s party was a long one..Some great fancy dress outfits and some well know racing figures were hard to recognise. They had a great band..
It was good to see old mates and it was great to stay Martin and Kate F-G who used to be my next door neighbours in my early training days in East Ilsley.
With no runners yesterday it was case of catching up and recovering. Mrs B had me gardening all afternoon (not the sort of head down I had hoped for) whileI recorded the racing and tennis.. Djokovic was peerless against Federer.
Amateur jockey Henry Morshead was here for one lot this morning.
Michelle Dudderidge was here third lot this morning to see her KBRP horse the grey Kayf Tara Gelding.
We have two runners today.
Policy Breach heads to Ludlow while Gallery Exhibition heads to Kempton.. For my thoughts on their respective chances please click here.
This was overheard on Saturday night..
A well known trainer and his wife were standing on the edge of the dance floor watching jockey perform outrageously on the dance floor.... he was giving it his all.. Break dancing, moon walking, back flips, you name it he was doing it.. impressive..
The trainers wife turned to her husband and said..I don't know whether you know, but he proposed to me 10 years ago and I turned him down…
Her trainer husband, as a quick as a flash, replied by saying that he thought the jockey looked to be still celebrating that fact..
21st November 2015
Plus 1 and snowing when driving in. Yes winters really here this morning!
Sad to hear that Red Cadeaux, who was such a fabulous horse for my mate Ed Dunlop, died last night. RC was injured in the Melbourne Cup a couple of weeks ago. What a horse and what an unbelievable international career.
Laurence Rostron and Dorothy Norman were here for a morning on the gallops followed by breakfast as booked through CD Tours.
Peter Kerr here too..
Kalanisi Glen and Kilty Caul run at Ascot while Same Ole Trix and Trojan Star, who has had a breathing operation since his last run, run at Huntingdon.. For my thoughts on their respective chances please click here.
If you are one of my owners and were wondering why you received your horses weekly update on a Friday night rather than the usual Sunday morning..
Tonight Clare and I are staying with Martin and Kate F-G and attending the Hannon’s triplets 40th Birthday party.. fancy dress..I might not feel like emailing you on Sunday?
Q: Is Google male or female?
A: Female, because it doesn't let you finish a sentence before making a suggestion.
Have a great weekend and see you on Monday
What was good watching.. Jos Buttler was magnificent yesterday.. 100 off 46 balls? Yes what an innings
20th November 2015
Plus 5 and dry when driving in.
Snow on the way?
Silver Eagle and Mr Puck had an away day this morning. Both readying for their return to the racecourse after long lay offs..
Piers Dibben was here second lot to see Didntitellya, while his mother Sylvia who also has a share in DITY was here to see her horse Viaduct Jack.
My schooling fences are being re stuffed which is an annual occurrence.. we cut the birch and wait for the leaves to fall off before we use it.. regular jumping wears them down so we pack it as hard as we can.. the stiffer the better..
We have no runners today..
I had a bad dream last night. One was that Ffos Las was abandoned and the second was that TNGB was playing cricket for England and took the winning wicket.. I woke in a muck sweat.. one was true, which was the surprise… Ffos Las has been abandoned..
Yesterdays funeral /memorial for William Roderick (Rory) MacDonald OBE was wonderful, if you can use that word about a service.. The last thoughts on his order of service were ones I thoroughly approved of..
There is something about a Martini.
A tingle remarkably pleasant;
A yellow, a mellow Martini;
I wish I had one at present.
There is something about a Martini,
Ere the dining and dancing begin,
And to tell you the truth,
It is not the vermouth,
I think, perhaps, it is the gin.
19th November 2015
Plus 10 and dry when driving in.
It certainly was not dry at Warwick yesterday as the rains flew down.. wind and rain was not a great combination if standing in the paddock.
Andy and Ali Sulin and I did not mind as their horse Aliandy showed at last that he was at least capable of becoming a racehorse if putting his mind to it. Ear plugs and was a walk in start from behind meant that Aliandy settled and as result has some energy left to finish a most encouraging third.
We watched the race from Agent Murphy’s box which is the best viewing place at Warwick. Not only did Agent Murphy buy Aliandy but he also bought our promising recent Southwell winner Abbreviate whose owners Keith and Liz Ellis were having an away day with Aiden. Keith and Liz were up for the day which started with them having a look around his stud in the morning.
Helen Hibbert called in third lot to see her KBRP horses Boolavard King and Milord.. Milord won at Towcester a couple of weeks ago.
Tim Rowe called in too...a blast from the past.. Good to see him.
We have no runners today. I do though have a thought about todays racing so if you would like to know it then please click here..
Rory MacDonald’s funeral in St Chads Church in Shrewsbury today which is where I am.
Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier every year.. yesterday I received my first Christmas card..
Proud to be British..
Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV.
And the most British thing of all? Suspicion of all things foreign!
Only in Britain can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
Only in Britain do supermarkets make sick people walk all the way to the back of the shop to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.
Only in Britain do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and a DIET coke.
Only in Britain do banks leave both doors open and chain the pens to the counters.
Only in Britain do we leave cars worth thousands of pounds on the drive and lock our junk and cheap lawn mower in the garage.
Only in Britain do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we didn't want to talk to in the first place..
18th November 2015
Plus 11 and dry when driving in.
Bloody windy last night and we had no electricity from 7.30 until the early morning. Is this what it is going to be like when we have power surges and lights off.. the future looks bleak?
Oh we so nearly had another winner for an owner having their first runner yesterday at Southwell.
Battle Dust would have won in another stride.. Sadly for Mark and Melinda Laws the winning post came too soon.. At least they know they have a horse who looks capable of winning races..
Battle Dust will need a more galloping racecourse next time as yesterday he was on and off the bridle for most of the way.. it was an encouraging start.
We worked a few this morning and you can see a video here.
4th lot Maurice and Pim Greenaway and Roland Fox were her to see Fizzy Dancer..
Quattro are replacing the floor of our horse walker today. The surface they put down last year has not stood the test of time and as part of their guarantee they are replacing it with a different surface. Thanks.
We have one runner today at Warwick. Aliandy and David Bass pair up and for my thoughts on their chances please click here..
How is your driving as sent over by Grahame Whateley..
Ever wondered what the real difference is between Granny and Grandad?
A 5 year old Grandchild is usually taken to her Cheltenham school daily by her Grandfather.
But, when he had a bad cold his wife drove the child to school.
That night the little girl told her parents that the ride to school with Granny was very different.
"What made it different?" asked her parents.
"Gran and I didn't see a single tosser, blind bastard, foreign prick or wanker anywhere on the way to school today"
17th November 2015
Plus 11 and raining when driving in.
The perfect start for a new owner is having a winner for them. Red Spinner did just that for us yesterday when David Bass rode a great race in the novice chase at Leicester and produced our first winner for Paul and Clare Rooney.
Red Spinner jumped brilliantly, but just might have had luck on his side as the main opposition Stephanie Francis clipped our heels and fell on the home bend.
I text her trainer Dan Skelton after the race to see if she was ok, and he said thankfully yes.
Red Spinner looks to have a bright future over fences...Paul and Clare Rooney’s racing manager Jason Maguire was there to receive the prize.
Tom Bellamy and David Bass were in this morning for a couple of lots.
We jumped Aliandy, Allez Encore, Charbel, Cracked Rear View, Dueling Banjos, Forgotten Hero, Gallery Exhibition, Kalanisi Glen, Kilty Caul, King Simba, Mr Beatle, Mr Puck, Policy Breach, Same Ole Trix, Silver Eagle, The Drinkymeister and Trojan Star. A video of today's schooling can be seen here.
Graham Potts our vet was in for his weekly visit.
The handicapper did his bit.. This weeks movers and shakers in the handicap charts are…Darna down 1 to 144, Flemensmix up 8 to 113, Knockanrawley up 3 to 139, Molly's A Diva up 6 to 141, Sunblazer up 3 to 83, Abbreviate has a new mark of 130 and Silver Eagle has been given an mark of 120 over fences.
If you are free and in the area on Thursday please come along and support Mrs Bailey.
Doors open at 10am to 4pm and entrance cost is £4 which obviously goes to the charity.. Please come along and support this great charity.
We have one runner today at Southwell .
David Bass rides Battle Dust in the novice hurdle..
Battle Dust is Mark and Melinda Laws first ever runner as outright owners. For my thoughts on their chances please click here.
A wealthy Jewish husband and his wife were having dinner at an upmarket restaurant when this absolutely stunning young woman comes over to their table, gives the husband a big open mouthed kiss, then says she'll see him later and walks away.
The wife glares at her husband and says, "Who the hell was that?"
"Oh," replies the husband, "she's my mistress."
"Well, that's the last straw," says the wife. "I've had enough, I want a divorce!"
"I can understand that," replies her husband, "but remember, if we get a divorce it will mean no more shopping trips to Paris, no more wintering in Barbados, no more summers in Tuscany, no more BMW in the garage and no more yacht club. But the decision is yours."
Just then, a mutual friend enters the restaurant with a gorgeous babe on his arm.
"Who's that woman with George?" asks the wife.
"That's his mistress," says her husband.
"Ours is prettier," she replies
16th November 2015
Plus 10 and dry when driving in.
What a weekend at Cheltenham and one of the highlights was probably yesterday when Sprinter Sacre won; he was given a proper Cheltenham style winners reception and deservedly so.
The other was the win of Annacotty in the Paddy Power and especially the reaction from Martin Keighley; Martin had the horse taken away from him during the summer.
Martin was the first to congratulate jockey Ian Popham, new trainer Alan King and his ex owner Liz Prowting. That must have been hard.
Our runners ran well although two did not. The ground had gone soft and that was never going to suit either Darna or Twelve Roses. Darna I can understand although Twelve Roses really was disappointing; that was just not his run. Was it the ground, the course or something else.. we will find out, but don't rule him out after that one run.
Knockanrawley ran a blinder to finish 3rd and gave his happy owners a real treat.. He probably arrived there too soon as he was always travelling so well; anyway he was thrilling to watch and will now head straight to the Welsh Grand National.
Un Ace back over hurdles and running over an extended 3 miles for the first time again ran well to finish 4th. He will not go to the Hennessey, but now has many more options for the coming season over hurdles and fences.
Pulling Power also ran well. She was going as fast finishing as she started and will give her owners fun over the winter and she will now go hurdling.
Yesterday runner Crazy Jack also ran well in defeat especially in such a hot race off top weight.. yes there are more races to be won with CJ this season.
Yes it was busy all three days. On Saturday Clare and I lunched with Darna’s owners David And Julie Martin in the excellent owners and trainers facility on Friday and we did the same yesterday with Crazy Jack's part owner Oli Bell and his girl friend Laura Lewis; Laura has started a company called Lushicesorbet and has appeared on Dragons Den .. Not out yet!
The only down side came from Scott Stephens who emailed me to say that as The Open meeting is getting more popular every year and perhaps they should think about employing more bar staff to reflect the number of people trying to get served in-between races. It really would make the day much more relaxed and a lot less rushed if it didn't take 20 minutes to get served leaving less time to place a bet. I would like to point out the understaffed staff that was there....Did a brilliant job....also why they don't put up the big screen in the best mate stand for the open meeting?
We left yesterday picking up our supply of meat from the Farmhouse Direct.. It was an excellent food hall and should be there for the Festival.
Monday morning and again busy..
Philip and Sandra Arkwright were here second lot to see their three horses Mr Puck. Mr Beatle and Our Belle Amie and they brought Christopher and Belinda Mordaunt with them. Philip used to be clerk of the course at Cheltenham and Haydock, while Christopher used to be the senior jumps handicapper.
Also joining us second lot was John and Mandy Battershall who were here to see Mandy’s horse Younevercall.
Third lot we had our annual visit from the Royal Agricultural University.. 45 students (Ed Cookson?) here for a visit and a talk about training, feeding and stable management from both Mat and me..
We have one runner at Leicester. Red Spinner and David Bass run in the novice chase and for my thought on their chances please click here..
Todays joke was sent over by one of this mornings guests
LORD, THEY ARE FINALLY TOGETHER..
Judy married Ted; they had 13 children.
Ted died, she married again, and she and Bob had 7 more children.
Bob was killed in a car accident 12 years later.
Judy married again, and this time, she and John had 5 children.
Judy finally died, after having 25 children.
Standing before her coffin, the preacher prayed for her.
He thanked the Lord for this very loving woman and said, "Lord, they are
Ethel leaned over and quietly asked her best friend Margaret, "Do you
think he means her first, second, or third husband?"
Margaret replied, "I think he means her legs, Ethel!"
14th November 2015
Plus 7 and dry when driving in. Apparently we look like having over an inch of rain later..
Cheltenham was busy yesterday and although we did not have a runner it was still busy..
The newly Tattersalls run Cheltenham sales last night were up nearly 23% on last year which was pretty staggering.. Tattersalls must be delighted they bought out Brightwells.. Anyway we did our bit to help those records move along. Here are the results
Agent Murphy and I were under bidder on the top lot Three Ways at £190,000.00. Three Ways who had won a bumper at Carlisle comes from the same family as my Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Master Oats. We failed but there will be other horses; Aiden and I were bidding for a past owner who is returning to the yard.
David Bass was in for a couple of lots before heading to Cheltenham where he rides all my horses. We jumped The Drinkymeister, Duleing Banjos, Nam Hai, Charbel, Policy Breach and Forgotten Hero
Busy here today as well .. Stewart Wright was here for a morning on the gallops and breakfast while Paul and Elizabeth Kellar were here too to see their horse Faerie Reel.
Charles Woodhouse and three mates were here to see Charles’s horse Same Ole Trix while Henry Kimball and his crew were here to see the GSTTKPA charity partnership horses Henry runs Allez Encore and King Simba. Matt Lambert was also here to see his horses Cascaye and Trojan Star.
We have five runners at Cheltenham today and one tomorrow. Twelve Roses, Knockanrawley, Darna, Un Ace and Pulling Power all run today and all want good to soft ground so rain will not be too welcome and the same applies to Crazy Jack who runs tomorrow.. For my thoughts on their chances please click here..
A wife asks her husband, "Honey, if I died, would you remarry?" "After a considerable period of grieving, I guess I would. We all need companionship."
"If I died and you remarried," the wife asks, "would she live in this house?" "We've spent a lot of money getting this house just the way we want it. I'm not going to get rid of my house. I guess she would."
"If I died and you remarried, and she lived in this house," the wife asks, "would she sleep in our bed?" "Well, the bed is brand new, and it cost us £2000. It's going to last a long time, so I guess she would."
"If I died and you remarried, and she lived in this house and slept in our bed, would she use my golf clubs?"
"Oh, no," the husband replies. "She's left-handed."
Have a good week..
13th November 2015
Plus 7 and dry when driving in.
Yesterday was not the best day as Ballyknock Lad found Taunton too tight, but at least he can now run in handicaps (silly rule) while at Ludlow Viaduct Jack also found the track too tight, and the ground too soft… excuses!
Jockey Tom Bellamy was in for two lots this morning; Battle Dust gave a lead to Forgotten Hero and Nam Hai
Busy here this weekend.. Yes Cheltenham races are on for the next three days and the racing world descends on the Cotswolds, and my owners like nothing better than calling in, if they are in the area, to see their horses, and rightly so..
First lot we had nobody.. no early birds?
Second lot Norman Carter and Martin Powell called in to see Norman's horses Rhianna and his Wolverhampton winner Sunblazer and then saw his KBRP horses Taras Rainbow, Mor Brook, Silver Eagle and Milord.
Nanette Sellars and daughter Deborah were also here second lot to see her two horses Mr Puck and Mr Beatle. This was followed by breakfast.
Third lot .. and only bacon baps for...Tony Lousada who called in for a first visit to the yard.
Huw Davies called in to see his home bred mare My Cousin Rachel which he co owns and bred with his brother Richard.
Mark Hudson called in to see his KBRP horses Milord, Un Ace, Younevercall and Bandon Roc.
Martyn and Sandra Steer Fowler called in with Tim and Anita Dymond to see their horses A Shade Of Bay, Fizzy Dancer, Such A Legend and tomorrows bumper runner Pulling Power.
Nicky Van Dijk called in to see her horse Kilty Caul and finally Geoff Ellis called in to see his KBRP horse Taras Rainbow..
If I have missed anybody I am sorry.. and yes we are busy tomorrow as well.
Racing follows and then I am heading to the sales tonight which is under its new banner of Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham November Sale..
In all the excitement if you fancy renting the barn conversion next to my office for a future visit and don't fancy traveling too far to see your horse then have a good look at this.. stunning? How about the Festival in March?
Finally.. Rory MacDonald's memorial service will take place at St Chads Church in Shrewsbury on Thursday November 19 at 3pm.
Rory who was such a special man is much missed and only yesterday we took on a new member of staff; Jess Titshall has just finished her course at The British Racing School... Rory ran the BRS so efficiently for so many years..