30th May 2015
Plus 9 and dry when driving in.
The rain that arrived yesterday came down in stair rods.. made cleaning the area at the front of my office easier..It all now looks much tidier and we are finally back to normal with no builders about..
Ed Cookson was in for a couple of lots..
John and Veronica Full called in mid morning to see all their horses including their two KBRP horses Boolavarde King and Ascotdeux Nellerie with Peter Kerr.. The Full's are also involved in the A&RRC's Fizzy Dancer,THFR's A Shade Of Bay and the GSTTKPA King Sinmba and Allez Encore
A big day for Darna's owners David and Julie Martin; they run their two best flat horses at Haydock... Salt Island and Cable Bay. We will be watching. We will also be watching their other horse Forgotten Hero run at Newmarket..
Richard Hughes is a read I enjoy every Saturday in the Racing Post.
Richard talks a great deal of sense and he is so right when he talks about over loading Saturdays with too many meetings/races..A jockey with brains who will make a trainer.
It is an interesting fact that good jockeys don't always make good trainers, while on the other hand journey men jockeys do make good trainers..Why? because they have usually worked in a racing yard full time, even when riding.
Not sure about this one.. Leon Davies sent this one over..
Somewhere in Ireland a teacher asks her class:
"Can anyone tell me the name of Robin Hood's ladyfriend?"
Young Paddy raises his hand and says "Trudy Glenn Miss".
"No Paddy," says the teacher. "The answer is Maid Marion".
"But Miss, what about that song we used to sing," "Robin Hood, Robin Hood riding Trudy Glenn".
29th May 2015
Plus 9 and dry when driving in; rain is on the way..
Tom Bellamy was in for a couple of lots this morning.
Well I said Brightwells sales at Cheltenham yesterday was going to be interesting and it certainly did not disappoint. Prices were very high with the top lot making a cool £200,000.00, and that was for Theatre Territory, a 5 year old King's Theatre mare who had won her only start in a point to point.. a record.
We tried on several high priced lots and one in particular that I was furious that Aiden and I failed to buy was Grey Storm. He was stunning and by up and coming stallion September Storm..Mrs Peachey has just been confirmed in foal to him.
We are all in the service industry and Brightwells have understood that by looking after their customers. You are fed, watered, helped and made welcome.. Brightwells as a result have crackled this sale lark while Doncaster sales, who in owe my career to as they were so helpful when I first started and many years since, have sadly lost so much support, especially from the Irish vendors and buyers.
Talking service Listers the Toyota garage in Cheltenham serviced my car while I was at the sales and again their service was second to none and deserve a mention.
Finally on the buying front I added a power harrow from the Tayler and Fletcher Machinery sales that took place in Andoversford yesterday afternoon. Ian Slatter, whose sons ride for Tony Carroll and Fergal O'Brien did tghe bidding for me.. Hard to find a good second hand two and half meter wide power harrow for my gallop.
English lesson for the day! Andrew Bengough and Patrick Bailey have asked me to repeat this one as it amuses them!
"Complete" or "Finished"?
No dictionary has ever been able to satisfactorily define the difference between "complete" and "finished."
However, during a recent linguistic conference, held in London, England, and attended by some of the best linguists in the world. Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese linguist, was the presenter when he was asked to make that very distinction.
The question put to him by a colleague in the erudite audience was this: "Some say there is no difference between ‘complete’ and ‘finished.’ Please explain the difference in a way that is easy to understand."
His answer received a five minute standing ovation.
No runners today.. I selected an 8/1 winner yesterday and a 4/1 winner the day before...
28th May 2015
Plus 9 and dry when driving in.
Tom Clarkson, who has just returned from the Monaco GP, found no better way to celebrate his 40th birthday than riding out one lot on this fine sunny morning.
Yesterday afternoon was spent looking at the horses at Brightwells Cheltenham Sale. It will be interesting to see what they make today
I announced on yesterdays blog, and in my monthly newsletter, that I am going to be updating and revamping my web site over the summer and any suggestions on how to improve it would be hugely appreciated.
Firstly, thank you to the 9 emails that followed and this one in particular was most helpful...
Dear Mr Bailey
I am delighted to read that you are planning a website upgrade. Not before time.
All 10 of your loyal readers quite frankly deserve better. Might I recommend an excellent app "pleasehelpmyappallingspellingandgrammar."
We would also enjoy reading more about your horses that finish second as we find that bit of your blog especially entertaining.
Good luck with the upgrade, and we wait with bated breath !!
PS Please send details of your latest KBRLRPTYHUWFDDJ syndicate.
PPS Minus 10 when driving in this morning.
Now for those of you who don't know who TNDGB is the let me tell you something about him..
This is the 50th year that TNDGB has been on this earth and celebrations are being taken at various venues, all through the coming 12 months.
Lords last Sunday was an opportunity to entertain in the Family box. A 6th generation of box holders the Baker's were seen entertaining many celebrities from the world of cricket ... Sir Garfield Sobers, Michael Holding, Sir Clive Lloyd and Andrew Strauss were seen quaffing champagne along with some well known OE school friends and now politicians who, recently re elected, also found time to enjoy their old mates company.
TNDGB faces many months of late nights, and of course early mornings on the M25 commuting from his various Clubs in St James in London. In between he will be nipping over the the USA for a game of cricket, Wentworth for a game of golf.
And one must not forget the odd weekend in Jersey, where he recently won The Derby, for his old mate Sir Alex Ferguson. Life goes on a pace with St Moritz in early 2016, and shooting in Spain with King Felipe V1.
One has to enjoy and admire TNDGB's stamina.. Happy birthday year George.. I am sure it will be a special one and I too look forward to raising a glass with you and TUMCB... where I wonder? It is your world ..so it has to be Royal Ascot of course...
27th May 2015
Plus 2 and dry when driving in.
With such a cold start to the day makes you realise that the horses out in the field must have had a chilly night.. most unseasonal?
A chill went down my neck as I watched By The Boardwalk fall at the second last with the race at his mercy last night at Huntingdon.
BTBW was cruising and was almost going too well when Tom Bellamy asked him to take off.. He jumped right and fell heavily..
Thankfully he seems OK this morning although he was bruised and shook around last night and was given an anti inflammatory injection .. It will be a few days yet before we really know.
Whatever happens BTBW will now have a short summer break.
West End looked like winning 3 from home but the extra distance caught him out.. next time?
David Bass was in for one lot this morning. We worked Sunblazer and Nam Hai.
I am Cheltenham bound later.
John Perriss, Mat, Agent Murphy and I will be looking at tomorrows horses that will be sold at Brightwells sales. It looks a very strong catalogue..
Retiring racehorses and finding good homes for them is something I really try and make happen. Retiring racehorses deserve a good home after racing.
On that note it was good to see South Stack win a dressage competition last week.
I found a home for SS after talking about him on Twitter.. a strange way to find good homes for ex racehorses but at least SS has a cracker and looks very happy.
Midnight Oscar is the latest horse we have re homed.. MO who has given his owners many fun days out left the yard this week to go to Yorkshire to live with Ralph Dalton; Ralph believe it or not was the person I bought Mr Frisk off all those years ago.
In the swim-meet, after the blond came in last competing in the breast-stroke, she complained to the judges that "all the other girls were using their arms."
26th May 2015
Plus 9 and damp when driving in.
Ed Cookson and Tom Bellamy were in for a couple of lots this morning; hardly anything to ride out?
The latest batch of horses went out to grass, including those bought at the DBS sales last week.
A jolly day yesterday which finished late, so unlikely to feel my best at Huntingdon tonight.
I just hope By The Boardwalk and West End don't feel the same. For my thoughts on their chances please click here.
England won the Lords Test.
That has to have been the best test match I have ever watched.. Brilliant stuff and now there is a spring in the steps of those English players.. we could have a great summer?
Graham Potts our vet was in for his weekly visit.
This weeks movers and shakers in the handicap charts are.. By the Boardwalk up 13 to 120.
Martin Fetherstone-Godley sent this one over..
Daddy's car in the woods
Little Johnny watched his daddy's car pass by the school playground and go into the woods. Curious, he followed the car and saw Daddy and Aunt Jane in a passionate embrace.
Little Johnny found this so exciting that he could hardly contain himself as he ran home and started to tell his Mother.
'Mummy, I was at the playground and I saw Daddy's car go into the woods with Aunt Jane. I went back to look and he was giving Aunt Jane a big kiss, and then he helped her take off her shirt. Then Aunt Jane helped Daddy take his pants off, then Aunt Jane...'
At this point Mummy cut him off and said, 'Johnny, this is such an interesting story, lets save the rest of it for supper time. I want to see the look on Daddy's face when you tell it tonight.'
At the dinner table that evening, Mummy asked little Johnny to tell his story.
Johnny started his story, 'I was at the playground and I saw Daddy's car go into the woods with Aunt Jane. I went back to look and he was giving Aunt Jane a big kiss, then he helped her take off her shirt. Then Aunt Jane helped Daddy take his pants off, and then Aunt Jane and Daddy started doing the same thing that Mummy and Uncle Bill used to do when Daddy was away on the oil rigs
Moral: Sometimes you need to just shut up and listen to the whole story before you interrupt!
25th May 2015
Plus 9 and dry when driving in.
Uttoxeter are very helpful with owners badges and that is hugely appreciated.
Sadly yesterdays owners who went to watch Taras Rainbow run left very disappointed as she ran no sort of a race. I am afraid it was one of those end of season runs when horses have been on the go all winter and probably need a rest. It was too bad to be true.
Yesterdays Foxcote Frolics was a huge success and loads of horses and people poured through the gates of Thorndale. It was a fun day and successful one too. As was Archie's last pony race down in the Taunton Vale area. He finished 4th.
The racecourse clerk of the course was none other than ex trainer Arthur Barrow, famous for training the 1980 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Master Smudge. It was good to see him again and I bought his book.. should be interesting reading.
It was also good to see Clare Trickey who I have not seen for a while. Clare's husband Micheal was very famous in the west country and was clerk of the course at Taunton for many years.
The Test match is certainly interesting. 4 great days cricket so far and a 5th one today.. not often that happens and it is a anybody's game to win.
Teams can make mistakes and Lewis Hamilton failed to win yesterdays Monaco Grand Prix due to a team mistake..
No runners today so being an important day in my life I will be enjoying a quiet one with family and some old mates..
Texting for the over 40's and 50's.
The kids have all their SMS codes like WTF, LOL and PMSL etc.
Here are some codes for the more mature..
ATD... At The Doctors.
BFF... Best Friends Funeral.
BTW.. Bring The Wheelchair.
HGBM.. Had Good Bowel Movement.
WTL... Where's The Lubricant.
ASMSA... I've Shit Myself Again.
WTFMT.. Where The Fucks My Teeth.
23rd May 2015
Plus 11 and dry when driving in.
Yes I hate being second.. Not so bad in bumpers as it does not worry the handicapper and shows that the horse has ability.
Pulling Power ran well and finished second to the horse, who on paper, should have beaten her. It was another good run from his big imposing home bred mare of Sandra Steer-Fowler's.
The Real Partnership who own PP were represented by Matt S-T last night as all other members of the home team were either away on holiday or having babies!
Martyn and Sandra are hugely enthusiastic owner breeders and for once they were unable to come along and support although they watched on the computer in Florence.
PP who did not show much early on in the season has been transformed by wearing a tongue tie..
PP will now head off to Tom Lacey for 10 days of intensive jumping, before heading back down to Devon for her summer holidays.
Worcester.. perhaps I am wrong about you..
Trainer Mark Gillard was interviewed on ATR before racing last night and said he loved Worcester because they looked after owners so well..Sadly Mark must have gone home by the time I arrived.. traffic not good on a Friday night of a Bank Holiday and the start of half term.
The good news is that it took 10 minutes to get a drink in the half empty O/T bar and when Matt and I finally had the chance to order two pints of larger the pump ran out..
This morning we worked Sunblazer and West End.
Mat Lambert was here third lot to see his horse Trojan Star canter and meet my new sales horses while Iain and Angela Bell called in to see their two KBRP horses Silver Eagle and Knockanrawley. Peter Kerr who runs my partnerships was here to see Iain and Angela.
Foxcote Frolics take place here tomorrow so we will be teaming with people and horses.. fancy coming along to watch or participate then click here to find out more.. It should be a fun day out for the family..
Have a great Bank Holiday weekend.
Perhaps I was a bit premature to praise the English cricket team..
A blonde was playing Trivial Pursuit one night.
It was her turn. She rolled the dice and she landed on Science & Nature.
Her question was, 'If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?'
She thought for a time and then asked, 'Is it on or off
22nd May 2015
Plus 11 and overcast when driving in.
Norman Carter was here second lot to see his horse Rhianna and Tara's Rainbow, Silver Eagle, Milord, Sunblazer & Mor Brook who he has shares in.
Tim, Diana and Alex Richardson was also here to see his horses Knockanrawley, Milord and Ascotdeux Nellerie who are all out at grass. Happy Birthday Tim.
Peter Kerr who runs all my partnerships was here to look after them.
Third lot David Jenks called in to see his mare Magic Money.
Lets talk cricket for a second.. not something we have been able to for a while, without feeling depressed.. Yesterday Lords hosted possibly the most exciting first day of a test match for some years.
It all started going wrong almost as the first ball was bowled.. 30 for 4 or something like that.. yes you could hear the cry.... KP?
Then two young enthusiastic batsmen appeared to just go out and enjoy themselves, and that is what Roots and Stokes did; they were followed by Buttler and Ali who did the same.. the game changed.
It was exciting stuff to listen to on the wireless while driving to Guildford crematorium, but how exciting it must have been to have been at Lords.
Kaye Weedon had passed away all to early. Wife of my old mate Colin.
Colin, along with Laurence Wells and Chris Marshall were almost my very first owners. All rouges? no car dealers.. and what fun we all had in those early years.
We finished 3rd in the Isle of Man Derby with a selling hurdler and had the weekend of all weekends celebrating the fact that 3rd in a Derby was something special..
They were great days and fun people to be involved with and have remained mates ever since.
Colin's son Marcus is now working as a private handicapper for the Hills family in Lambourn..Having, I believe, been badly treated by the BHA, but thats another story.
We have one runner tonight at Worcester.
Pulling Power who is owned by The Real Partnership runs in the mares bumper at Worcester..
Martyn and Sandra Steer Fowler, who bred and part own will not be with us.. a first but they have decided a weekend in Monaco watching the Grand Prix sounded more fun than the delights of an evening meeting at Worcester.. Not sure I agree? Anyway for my thoughts on her chances please click here.
Modernised sayings of Confucius
Kiss is merely shopping upstairs For merchandise downstairs..
Better to lose a lover, Than love a lose..
Man with broken condom, Often called Daddy.
Marriage is same as bank account. you put it in, you take it out.. you lose interest.
Viagra just like Disneyland... One hour wait for 5 minute ride.
Much better to want the mate you do not have, Than to have the mate you do not want.
Joke is like sex, Neither any good if you don't get it.
21st May 2015
Plus 7 and dry when driving in.
3 days at Doncaster sales resulted in 5 new horses and 2 leaving.
Buying at the sales is always an exciting time. The easy part is putting your hand up and believing that you have just bought another Cheltenham bound horse.
We all dream when buying; it will be this time next year when we really find out whether we have made a right or dubious decision.
How hard is it to achieve that dream of a Cheltenham Festival winner?
Doncaster Sales were keen to point out that this years Festival winners The Druids Nephew, Call The Cops, River D'Or , Uxizandre and of course Darna all went through their sales ring at some stage of their life.
The sales season carries on when we all descend on Cheltenham next week for the Brightwells Sales.. that looks an unbelievably strong catalogue of horses with form..
Ed Cookson was in to give Taras Rainbow and Trojan Star a jump over the plastic hurdles first lot this morning; West End led.
Mark and Melinda Laws called in to see their horses. Mor Brook has joined Knockanrawley on holiday.
The first Test match of the summer starts today.
Prince Charles speech yesterday in Ireland was from the heart. It was a very moving tribute to his thoughts after the death of Lord Mountbatten and family.
We have no runners today and Mat is away on a few days holiday.
Next time you fly you too might like to listen to the flight attendants thoughts , Click here to appreciate.
20th May 2015