3rd August 2015
Plus 15 and dry when driving in.
To Herefordshire yesterday and lunch with Andrew Bengough.
Lunch in fact was an excuse for a partnership day out/lunch
Laval Noir who has been summering with Andrew is owned by The Mindy Partnership.
Partnership members who lunched in Herefordshire were Richard And Mindy Hammond (hence The Mindy Partnership), Sarah Bailey, Atty and Celia Beor-Roberts, Sandy and Patsy Douglas and obviously Andrew Bengough.. Missing members were..Michael Elliot, Laura Goedhuis, Mark Horne, John Parry, Nick Wentworth-Stanley and Patrick Bailey.
This stunning 4 year old who we bought off Katie Walsh last December looked fabulous after his summer break and heads to Pip Hooley today to start a months road work before coming back here.
Talking here.. Martyn and Sandra Steer Fowler who have been staying in their adopted county of Gloucestershire over the weekend were here third lot to see Sandra’s horses Such A Legend, A Shade Of Bay and Fizzy Dancer.. The last two are leased out to THFRP and TA&RRC respectively.
The staffing issue in racing is not going to go away and our month is not helped by the fact that Max Comley is now down at the BRS on a month’s course. We do have a new member of staff starting today so we welcome Charlotte Boyce.
Sense of humour is something needed in this sport..
This was sent over by Garry Liptrot who has a share in Kilty Caul
Skinny little white Irishman goes into an elevator, looks up and sees this huge black guy standing next to him.
The big guy sees the little Irishman staring at him, he looks down and says: '7 feet tall, 350 pounds, 20 inch penis, 3 pounds of testicles, Turner Brown.'
The little white Irishman faints and falls to the floor.
The big guy kneels down, shakes him, and brings him to.
The big guy says, 'What's wrong with you?'
In a weak voice the little guy says, 'What exactly did you say to me?'
The big dude says, 'I saw your curious look and I figured I'd just give you the answers to the questions everyone always asks me…..
I'm 7 feet tall, I weigh 350 pounds, I have a 20 inch penis, my testicles weigh 3 pounds, and my name is Turner Brown.'
The little white Irishman says: 'Turner Brown'! Sweet Jesus, I thought you said, "Turn around."
1st August 2015
Plus 7 and dry when driving in. A warm day ahead.
Paul and Elizabeth Kellar were here second lot to see Elzabeth's horse Faerie Reel.
Richard Hughes retires from the saddle today.
Richard, who like AP McCoy has been a great ambassador to our sport and has likewise been champion jockey, although not nearly as many times as AP, has his last days riding at Goodwood this afternoon.. Yes he hopes, unlike AP, to go out on a winner..
There will not be the fanfare goodbye as was the case when AP retired at Sandown, although in many ways he deserves a huge amount of recognition for what he has achieved
Richard has struggled with his weight but he as always been courteous when talking to the press and the public. His Saturday column in the Racing Post has been a great read and makes sense..
Richard has had the odd ride for me over the years both on the flat but also over hurdles. He rode Polydamus for me one day at Newbury in a hurdle race to finish 3rd. .
We shall miss him yes, but then we will still see him as he starts his new career as a trainer.
Talking career and celebrations..
TNDGB celebrates his 50th birthday today.
Yes he has made it to 50 and the celebrations for this great landmark have been going on all year.. at most sporting venues.
Yesterday he nearly pulled off a big celebration when his Belgium Bill was collared on the line in the prestigious Golden Mile at Goodwood. The AA would have been needed if he had.
Anyway happy birthday TNDGB.. I am sure TUMCB will give you a fine present..
Have a great weekend.
31st July 2015
Plus 3 and dry when driving in... Plus 3, sorry but that is hardly summer!
Goodwood yesterday was warmer than expected.. I was all for placing a tweed suit over my body when changing to go south.
Lunch with Keith and Liz was fun, as was the company. The red wine was excellent; John Perriss who was with the Ellis's on Tuesday agreed.
Yes I always enjoy going to Goodwood you see some great sights and it was good to bump into Mary Anne St Clair Ford when on one of my pit stop outings...
Great racing as ever, although the charity race showed its faults with a false start and only half of the field racing.. Fun win for Camilla Henderson, daughter of Nicky.
Leaving the car park or racecourse late I missed the AA talking to TNDGB.. It was I believe the yellow van variety.
Jason Maguire was in this morning for a couple of lots.
Jason has been given the go ahead to race ride again providing all goes well over the next 6 weeks or so.
Yes always good to see him here and much looking forward to seeing him on our horses this winter.
Sam has been brilliant for the course and was instrumental for TFFFN and myself heading up there when he first started running the place as clerk of the course.
He and Chairman David Whitaker have transformed the course and it is now a must visit for any trainer, jockey or racegoer.
We all wish Sam luck and I shall be popping up to see him in a couple of week’s time and I look forward to fishing with him in the Rockies next July, although I personally think he wants to see the bears..
Talking Bears.. Bear our lurcher is home after spending a few days at Dragon Vets and although feeling sorry for himself he should be fine. A relief to have him home..Many thanks for all the messages.
Cricket.. so glad I have not bought a ticket for Saturday!! Bloody marvellous stuff. It is all over bar the shouting!
Disorder in the Court.. here are last of things people actually said. . .
ATTORNEY: Are you Qualified to give a Urine sample?
To finish .. Todays Racing Post has a pull out section on Sir Peter O'Sullevan.. Brilliant memories and a wonderful tribute to the great man.. Buy a copy you will enjoy.
30th July 2015
Plus 9 and dry when driving in.
So sad to hear that Sir Peter O'Sullevan has died.
The ‘voice of racing’ was one of the kindest and most loved men the sport has had. Peter’s commentaries were what we all grew up knowing of racing, listening to that voice; yes he was the ‘voice of racing’.
We can all recall those commentaries.. Desert Orchid, Dawn Run and of course commentating on his own great racechorse Attivo.. yes they go on for ever and Peter will be remembered by all who listened to him and were lucky enough to have met him. He was a great man.
For more I suggest you go out and buy a Racing Post and read what Alastair Down has written about him. Timeless words of a great man and a great era in life.
To listen to one of his last ever interviews please click here
The horses here are fesh and well and I have now started cantering most of them as they are becoming too stupid when out on the roads. They are safer cantering and my staff much prefer the delights of cantering to road work!
I actually had planned on waiting until next week before I started cantering but with these colder autumnal mornings the horses are far more lively.. perhaps they are trying to keep warm.
I am heading to sunny Goodwood today for my annual trip with Keith and Liz Ellis. Always fun.. Peter Kerr is coming with me which could be helpful on the way home!
Before I leave you.. Bloody good cricket at Edgbaston yesterday..
Thank you for all the emails re Bear.. He is still at the vets and is recovering slowly..
ATTORNEY: Is your Appearance here this morning Pursuant to a Deposition Notice which I sent to your Attorney?
ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your Autopsies have you Performed on Dead People?
ATTORNEY: ALL your Responses MUST be Oral, OK? What School did you go to?
WITNESS: The Autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was Dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
29th July 2015
Plus 10 and dry when driving in.
Ed Cookson was in this morning.
Mark and Melinda Laws called in third lot to see their horse Battle Dust. Peter and Fiona Woodhall were also here. The Laws And Woodhall’s all have shares in the KBRP horses Silver Eagle., Knockanrawley and Mor Brook.
The last 24 hours have not been much fun as our lovely lurcher Bear has been at the vets.
Bear who had eaten a bone has some bone splinters in his stomach which will not pass through, so poor chap has been in terrible pain.
Dragon Vets in Cheltenham have x-rayed and are keeping an eye on him to see if the bone splinters move.. Hopefully they will, otherwise an operation is needed; we are just praying his stomach wall is not punctured as that would be very very bad news.
Bear is currently at the vets on a drip and we are hoping for better news today.
The third Ashes test starts this today at Edgbaston. Gritty stuff needed from England otherwise it will be all over.. both teams have won one match and on paper it looks level pegging although I am not so sure..
Disorder in the Court.. here are a few more things people actually said. . .
ATTORNEY: She had three Children, Right?
ATTORNEY: How was your first Marriage Terminated?
28th July 2015
Plus 11 and dry when driving. It felt like October this morning; where’s summer gone?
Jockeys Tom Bellamy and Ed Cookson were in for a couple of lots.
Steve O'Shaughnessy, who has a share in Younevercall, was here third lot to meet his new horse.
Steve, who along with Nick Cook, umpires on the first class cricket circuit is perhaps better known that his friend when it comes to his cricketing career?
Fender himself, by then 91 years old and blind, sent O'Shaughnessy a telegram: "Congratulations on equalling my 63-year-old record.
Anyway forgetting all that this is Steve’s first venture into racehorse ownership.
I know we Brits like going on about our weather but who would have imagined that this weeks two day meeting at Perth would be abandoned due to waterlogging?
Goodwood starts today and another great racing ambassador retires at the end of the week. Richard Hughes our champion flat jockey stops riding to start training. One job is easier than the other as he will find out?
While one stops another starts.
Jason Maguire had a scan yesterday and has been given the all clear to start riding out again.
Jason hopes to be back on the racecourse riding in September. This is great news although he has a long way to go yet getting fit and losing some weight.. he will.
Graham Potts our vet was in for his weekly visit while the handicapper set out his new handicap marks..Sunblazer down 1 to 81 on the flat.. most generous!
Disorder in the Court.. here are a few more things people actually said. . .
ATTORNEY: This Myasthenia Gravis, does it affect your Memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your Memory?
WITNESS: I Forget..
ATTORNEY: You Forget? Can you give us an Example of something you Forgot?
ATTORNEY: Now Doctor, isn't it true that when a Person dies in his sleep, He doesn't know about it until the next Morning?
ATTORNEY: The Youngest Son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: So the Date of Conception (of the Baby) was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting Laid
27th July 2015
Plus 12 and damp when driving in.
Yes Saturday was a good and happy day. The sun shone and the bride and bridegroom looked stunning (not groom) and very happy. Infact everybody was very happy..
The Church was full and so was the pub after; we then moved by bus to Jason Maguire’s for the reception.
Speeches followed by good food produced by the Hollow Bottom's catering department helped by a well stocked bar..
Dancing till late and all my staff who attended were in on time on Sunday morning. Yes it was a very happy day.
Mat and Evelyn Nicholls now head to Greece on Wednesday for their honeymoon.
How lucky were Mat and Evelyn to have such lovely weather for their wedding day. It poured with rain on both days either side!
Clever Cookie who finished 5th was backed off the boards due to the rain.. Some horse as he started life by winning two bumpers and he then went on to win 3 of his 6 starts over hurdles ; then he went flat racing..
It would have been some shock if he had won Saturdays race.. Can you imagine the red faces of those well bred flat horses if they had been beaten by a hurdler?.
Yesterday was cold and wet.. 10mm of water landed here and far more landed on Uttoxeter where we ran West End.
The race was cut up with a few non runners and Tom Scudamore thought it might be sloppy enough for West End to go through it but no, he found it too tough and finished 5th.
This in one of the best weeks of the racing year.. the week of the big G’s Goodwood and the stamina sapping Galway Festival in Ireland.. Both need stamina although 7 days of Galway would kill off most hardened racegoer..
Disorder in the Court.. here are a few things people actually said. . .
ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your Husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci Sweats and Reeboks
ATTORNEY:Are you Sexually Active?
WITNESS: No, I just Lie there
ATTORNEY:What is your Date of Birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.
ATTORNEY: What Year?
WITNESS: Every Year.
ATTORNEY:Were you Present when your Picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you kidding me?
25th July 2015
Plus 10 and dry when driving in.
Dry it certainly was not yesterday as 28 mm of water landed on us here at Thorndale, although it felt twice that at Ascot where I was as wet I have ever been on a racecourse.
My first day’s flat racing at Ascot as a trainer was most enjoyable.
Norman Carter decided that the ground might be sloppy enough for his horse Sunblazer to go through it, and he was the right.
Ridden to get the trip by Willie Twiston Davies, he looked well out of it turning for home and then just sprinted.
Sunblazer did not finish last or was placed, but he was not beaten much more that 10 lengths, so we were suitably pleased. We struggled to recognise Willie after the race.
It was a great day for Norman as Sunblazer ran in his great grand father’s colours which are described as Cardinal with white stripes and a black cap.
Norman’s great grand father won the Ebor and Ayr Gold Cup in the 1890’s and had a large number of horses in training at Hambledon (Bryan Smart's yard) and then from about the turn of the century at Kingstone Warren (Henry Candy's yard), he finished racing in about 1906. Yesterday meant that it was over a 100 years since the colours were last seen.
I am and always have been a great supporter of Ascot; they are brilliant at looking after owners and yesterday I felt that the flat owners and trainers had an even better deal that their jump equivalent. A fabulous free lunch with wine included and even the stable staff who looked after the horses had free food. Well done Ascot..
We bumped into Richard Sheppard in a box after Sunblazer’s race… Richard is a member of the team who own Un Ace and Mor Brook.. I think Richard bored his fellow guests with the great win of Un Ace’s on his last visit to Ascot.. Videos were being handed out to all who wanted to watch?
Well the big day has arrived.
6 years in the planning and this afternoon Mat and Evelyn tie the knot..
The wedding has Sir Edward Cookson as an usher and Jason Maguire and Fergal O’Brien as joint best men, so it should be a lively affair.
The reception is to be held at Jason Maguire’s house as is the party after. The tent will bounce, flap and be full of fun.. It is going to be a long day and one we will all enjoy.
No Runners today although we do have one at Uttoxeter Tomorrow. West End back over fences and Tom Scudamore rides. For my thoughts please click here.. Rain will not be good news as he wants fast ground.
Mat.. Men are just happy people..
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress £1000. Tux rental £100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
If someone forgets to invite you, He or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is £ 8.95 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
Everything on your face stays its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, even decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one colour for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives On December 24 in 25 minutes.
24th July 2015
Plus 13 and drizzling when driving in.
What fun we all had at Aiden and Anabel Murphy's yesterday with 'The WOW Partnership'.
Russell and Leslie Field, John and Sue Stanley, Brain and Linda Cognet and Derek and Deborah Lovelock all went over to Wilmcote to see their horse Bandon Roc; only Mark Hudson was missing.. he was working. Drinks with the Murphy’s followed by lunch in a local pub; what better way to whet the appetite for the season ahead.
Cheltenham has announced a new race for the Festival line up next March. The Grade 2 Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle over 2m1f will be run as the sixth race on the Thursday and carry a prize fund of £75,000.. I am delighted as I probably trained more mares winners last season that anybody else.
Richard Kelvin Hughes, who owns Trull House Stud is well known for buying and racing top quality Jump mares so it makes sense for him to sponsor. Richard has several horses in training with Nicky Henderson and others.
A rare day’s flat racing as a trainer with a runner this afternoon at Ascot and my first ever flat runner there.
Sunblazer steps up hugely in trip to 2 miles.. I have to say I am not sure he will get it but we will find out this afternoon although his dam line suggests he will.
Sunblazer's new owner Norman Carter, who bought him when he went through the sales ring at Newmarket last week to dissolved his last partnership (Norman too was involved in), is friends with the sponsors and is keen to support.
Rain though could ruin the days plans..
My gripe about handicapping led to John Cootes sending this over..
A man, about to tee off, felt a tap on his shoulder and another man handed him a card that read: "I am a deaf mute. May I play through, please?"
The first man angrily gave the card back and, shouting, communicated, "No, you may NOT play through, your handicap gives you no such right."
The first man whacked his ball onto the green and left to finish the hole.
Just as he was about to put the ball into the hole, he was hit in the head by a golf ball, laying him out cold.
When he came to a few minutes later, he looked around and saw the deaf mute sternly looking down at him, one hand on his hip, the other hand holding up 'FOUR' fingers
23rd July 2015
Plus 8 and dry when driving in..
Jason Maguire was in here this morning to ride out a couple of lots. Good to see him back on a horse here.
John and Liz Wills called in late yesterday morning to see the horses and especially their Net Work Rouge.
Yesterday was just one of those days when probably I did get out of bed on the wrong side.
Not only did I moan about the handicapper, but to make matters worse I managed to damage to my car in Cheltenham yesterday afternoon when in CGM to sort out the grass strimmer and two yard (leaf) blowers that ‘mysteriously’ died while I was away last week.
When leaving the car park, not in the best of humour, having been told that two of the three machines need replacing I swung my car round and hit a bollard on the passage side of the car and managed to rip the front bumper off.
My language left a few old ladies suitably horrified as I crept off to the Listers Toyota Garage next door. The car was not in a state to be driven home.. Luckily I have a great relationship with Listers (I buy all my cars from them) so they kindly lent me a car and said they would sort.. Today I find out the damage bill and I am not going to enjoy that conversation.. the two blowers and a strimmer will look very cheap in comparison.
I receive quite a few emails weekly asking about training fees costs and what horses I have for sale, or general gripes about my web site or racing as a whole.. I always answer and some come back to me and we strike up a conversation.
Bizarrely most who ask about costs I never hear from again, which I always feel is a bit rude when you have replied to their questions, but those who ask about racing topics and web site topics can be most interesting. On that note I had a great conversation this week with Harry Blackwell about my web site and I am sure it is one that might lead to something more on going.
Talking on going I am heading to Aiden Murphy’s late morning to see the two horses he has there that will be coming here shortly.
Russell Fields owns and has bred a horse called Bandon Roc. Russell and Lesley are new owners to the yard and have formed a small partnership.. The WOW Partnership includes a few members who are already involved here in John Stanley, Mark Hudson, Derek Lovelock and Brian Cognet; Peter Kerr is also joining us.
While at Aiden’s I will also see Grahame and Diana Whateley’s Milan gelding.
Colin Price-Beech is obviously telepathic as he sent this over last night plus the picture.
Most cars these days have a reversing sensor to beep if there is something behind you.
This handy feature was first installed on vehicles in Asia and were much more intrusive than systems in place today.
The old systems let out a squeal when you backed up and hit something.
there is some good news as my Iphone app is working again..