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30th March 2017

 Plus 11 and dry when driving in..

Yesterdays forecast.. Wednesday, March 29, 2017. should have read..There will be long spells of optimism across most of England and there will be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover. London may experience the occasional shower of uncertainty while in Scotland it will be gloomy. A deep depression will form over Brussels and there may be storms in Paris, Berlin and Rome.

Sad to hear that David Stoddart died yesterday. David was well known as the breeder of 1992 Grand National winner Party Politics and his owner until he sold to Patricia Thompson the week before the big race.

David was a great friend of my parents and I grew up seeing him on a regular basis; David also had the odd horse in training with me when I first started. He was a fun character and always a welcome visitor, especially when I was based in Northamptonshire as he lived just down the road.

David loved his racing and was a great mate of Nick Gaselee who trained many horses for him. We all know that he sold his giant home bred Party Politics just before the 1992 Grand National (Mrs Thompson has just bought a runner this year in Le Mercurey) but sadly not actually owning the winner rather ruined his life as everybody thought he still owned it when he won; David was so closedly associated with PP that the glory probably hurt..

David will be much missed in Northamptonshire and in racing.. David was share holder in The Turf Club Partnership who lease half of Pulling Power.

Our thoughts for his wife Jane..Mary and family

We have a relation of Party Politic's here.. John Perriss owns Even Flo whose Re Spin was a sister to PP.. Even Flo is the mother of the Midnight Legend filly that is in training.

Tom Clarkson was here this morning to ride out two lots.. Change of horse power for the BBC's Formula One radio commentator.

This morning we worked Diva Reconce, Jimmy The Jetplane, The Midnight Legend / Pulling Strings Filly and Kayf Storm.

We have two runners today at Warwick. Rockys Treasure and Call Claude.. For my thoughts on their chances please click here.

James Clarkson (Toms relation) travels continue and today he runs around Hexham, Carlisle, Cartmel, Haydock Aintree and Uttoxeter.. To support James with his charity run for the Injured Jockeys Fund please click here..

This one came from Emma B..


God went to the Arabs and said, 'I have Commandments for you that will make your lives better.'

The Arabs asked, 'What are Commandments?'

And the Lord said, 'They are rules for living.'

'Can you give us an example?'

'Thou shall not kill.'

'Not kill? We're not interested..'


So He went to the Blacks and said, 'I have Commandments.'

The Blacks wanted an example, and the Lord said, 'Honor thy Father and Mother.'

'Father? We don't know who our fathers are.

We're not interested.'


Then He went to the Mexicans and said, 'I have Commandments.'

The Mexicans also wanted an example, and the Lord said 'Thou shall not steal.'

'Not steal? We're not interested.


Then He went to the French and said, 'I have Commandments.'

The French too wanted an example and the Lord said,'Thou shall not commit adultery.'

'Not commit adultery? We're not interested.'


Finally, He went to the Jews and said,'I have Commandments.'

'Commandments?' They said, 'How much are they?'

'They're free.'

'We'll take 10.'
There, that should offend just about everybody ..Thanks Emma..

29th March 2017

Plus 11 and dry when driving in.

I was not at Southwell yesterday which was probably a good thing as neither horse did what it was meant to.

Fifty Bob jumped right and looked like he was led by the leading horse who did so badly at most hurdles while Champion Chase spent most of the race getting into trouble and finally finished third.. Not a good day.

David Bass was in this morning and we worked a few. A video can be seen here.

Darren Smith was here second lot to see his KBRP horse Monrocco.

Peter and Fiona Woodhall were here third lot to see their KBRP horses Knockanrawley and Chateau Robin while Rowland Fox and Maurice and Pim Greenaway were here to see their KBRP horse Kayf Storm.

Julia Baldanza called in to see her horse Grand March fourth lot.

Steve Jones who took over from Claude Duval was here late morning to talk about next weeks Randox Health Grand National

We have no runners today although I hope to heading to Wales to see a horse this afternoon.

Sometime ago I was asked to paint a picture and sign it (for charity).. Not something I am very good at (painting).. Archie would be better.

Anyway to cut a long story short I asked if any of my team would like to take my place.. Aanisah Chaudry 'Annie' stepped up and said she would love to draw a picture or two. Draw she did and produced two pencil drawings of Master Oats and Alderbook and as you can see on the right they are pretty damn good. Thanks Annie .. such talent..And you work for me?

James Clarkson is on course .. literally.. Yesterday he ran around Stratford, Warwick, Towcester, Huntingdon, Fakenham and Leicester..

Today James runs Southwell, Market Rasen, Doncaster, Wetherby, Catterick, Sedgefield (it is  race day today) and Newcastle..To support James and his nominated Charity the IJF... please click here.

Robert Fanshawe sent this one over..

A hunter spots a small brown bear and shoots it.

He then feels a tap on his shoulder, turns around, and is face to face with a big black bear. ‘You’ve got two choices,’ says the bear. ‘I maul you, or we have sex.’

The guy opts to have sex with the bear.

After recovering for two weeks, the angry hunter goes looking for the big black bear.

Just then he feels another tap on his shoulder, and turns to see a 10-foot grizzly standing over him.

‘Admit it,’ says the bear. ‘You don’t come here for the hunting, do you?

28th March 2017

Plus 3 dry and foggy when driving in.

Not a good day yesterday. Monkhouse pulled up lame at Market Rasen and when I got home I found that Mrs B was in Cheltenham A&E with a similar problem. Pulled ligaments around her left knee. She is now on crutches. I hope both make full recoveries.

Tom Bellamy was here for two lots this morning before heading to ride at Southwell.

Helen Hibbert and friends Caroline and Louise were here third lot to see Helens KBRP horses Milord and Chateau Robin.

Michael and Gerry Worcester were also here to see Shaluna. Lizzie Wills called in to see her KBRP horse Un Ace

Chris Rea our vet was in for a Tuesday visit.

This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts are..Abbreviate down 1 to 130, Braw Angus up 4 to 111, Boy In A Bentley up 5 over hurdles to 112 and up 3 over fences to 110, Milord up 5 to 122, Texas Forever down 5 to 95 over hurdles and down 1 to 99 over fences and finally  Red Spinner down 2 to 140.

We have been having a few issues with the Gallop cam.. .This mornings fog does not help but interesting enough on Saturday morning one owner was up bright an early to watch his horse working. The Last Samuri was easy to spot as he comes up on his own in front.. hope he is there next week too..!

Time flies and here we are again about to start another flat season. My string although not large will be in action in late April/early May. Yes Sunblazer will be blazing our flat trail again this summer along with Forgotten Hero?

James Clarkson is now on day two of his racecourse run for IJF Charity. Yesterday he ran around Lingfield, Fontwell, Plumpton, Sandown, Kempton, Ascot and Newbury... Todays run takes him around the following racecourses.. Stratford, Warwick, Towcester, Huntingdon, Fakenham and Leicester. To support James please click here.

We have two runners at Southwell today. Fifty Bob and Champion Chase. For my thoughts please click here.

These better and warmer days are good news for our local Golf Course. Royal Shipton..

Mike Evans who owns and runs Royal Shipton is a great supporter of ours.

This one is for Mike..

Two golfers are waiting their turn on the tee when a naked woman runs across the fairway and into the woods.

Two men in white coats and another guy carrying two buckets of sand are chasing her, and a little old man is bringing up the rear.

One of the golfers grabs the old man and asks, "What's going on?"

The old guy says, "She's a nymphomaniac from the asylum, she keeps trying to escape, and we attendants are trying to catch her."

The golfer asks, "What about the guy with... the buckets of sand?"

The old man says, "That's his handicap. He caught her last time."

27th March 2017

Plus 4 and dry when driving in. Back to dark mornings..and foggy ones..

I have to say I was delighted with the KBRP Silver Kayf’s run at Newbury on Saturday; he finished a fast finishing third in a very competitive Goffs Sales listed bumper.

Yesterday morning confirmed that when the Racing Post put him up he was the horse to take away from the days meeting as one to follow when he goes hurdling next season.

Over at Bangor Biscuit was third in her bumper and her team from Racing For Maggies loved their day and thought Bangor was great .. especially the new owners and trainers area. Top racecourse.

Both racecourses looked after my owners well on Saturday. What a difference it makes.

Yesterday we had a quiet one and the first BBQ of the year. You cannot beat England in the spring when the sun is warm enough to enjoy. My daughter Pandora also enjoyed her day as she added another Grand National Trophy to the Bailey household when winning the Isle Of Wight Grand National on Offshore Account.. Well done Panda..

Monday morning and fresh horses.. good to see.

I am heading to Market Rasen to watch Monkhouse run and for my thoughts on his chances please click here.

There is also racing at Plumpton today and it is one of their charity days..

If you watched the Opening Show on Saturday you would have seen or heard Alice Plunkett talk about young James Clarkson,,

James who is 11 years old, is at school at Blundells (near Tiverton) where in his year they are encouraged to do a charitable fund raising event.

James loves hunting and is mad about racing and so he wanted to do something in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund.

He also loves running and so he dreamed up this idea of running around all the English Racecourses in one week.. James then persuaded Ed (his father) to take a week off work to drive him round the country.

It all starts with Plumpton today. I wish James the best of luck and we hope Archie Bailey will join him and run at least one racecourse with him.

James has done virtually all the planning (working out schedules, contacting racecourses etc).. If you would like to support James and the Injured Jockey Fund then please click here..

Leighs Blog..

''Busy week last week, racing every day!! Some long but fun days. We have been lucky enough to win 7 best turned out prizes this week out of 13 runners. All racecourses are generous with their turnout prize, ranging from £30 to £50 a time. It is a good incentive for the lads to make their horses look smart; although our standards are always very high and they look smart whether there is a turnout prize or not. I think it is important for the horses to look smart, especially for the owners who appreciate that we have made an effort.  The owners commenting on how good their horse looks is as satisfying as if we have won turnout.  We have now won 76 turnout prizes this season.

I was at Exeter again this week. I do not want to keep commenting on the poor service in the canteen but again it was disappointing. We had to wait a long time for food at Chepstow too. I think they make things difficult for themselves and give themselves too much to do. Surely they know the amount of people they are going to serve and when they will be coming in, There must be an easier/quicker way of serving food!!

The Boss always makes sure he rehomes any retired horses to experienced people who will give them a new lease of life and a new career.  Through social media it is possible to stay in contact with horses we had in training and find out what they are doing, it also helps them as I can give them information on how the horse used to be.  I was very impressed to see Snowmane, who only raced once for us after coming off the flat, and was retired due to a wind problem, coming third in his first dressage competition yesterday. He has been hunting and showjumping but he is showing real promise in dressage, and at 6 years old his future is bright.''

Not sure this was an email to expect early on a Monday morning from somebody called Reba Mclaughlin.. ''Do you want to see my naked selfies? If you msg me back, I will be more than happy to share my kinky goodies with you!''

25th March 2017

0 degrees and dry when driving in.

Newbury yesterday was quiet. Not great fields and frankly not great prize money.The upside is the way they are now looking after owners.

John and Penny Perriss have been racing at Newbury many times and were hugely impressed by how the smiling staff greeted them and were so helpful when they arrived. It put them in a good mood for the rest of the day which was important as John’s horse Dueling Banjos was second in the feature race of the day.. 10k added which was half of what was on offer the day before at Ludlow for their feature race of the day ..

DB won almost exactly the same amount of prize money for finishing second at Newbury as Red Spinner did for finishing third at Ludlow the day before.

It was good to see Len Attrill and Nat Parker at the races. Both joined us for a drink after DB’s race.

Supper last night with Charles and Chipps Mann who run a hugely successful farming venture.. It was a very late one not helped by Rupert and Davina Longsdon, so after just under 4 hours sleep it was up and change for an early move to Newbury to be on the ITV Opening Show.. Loads of make up needed!

Driving in listening to The Australian Grand Prix first practice and listen to Tom Clarkson wittering on about cars and drivers.

David Bass was in for a couple of lots. We worked a few and jumped Charbel and By The Boardwalk

Chris Hill was here to see his KBRP horse Fifty Bob along with Fenella Tillier and Richard Stewart-Liberty who were also here to see Kayf Storm and Desaray while David and Gary Thorne from CD Tours were here for a monrning on the gallops.. Others who were meant to have been here cried off when I was suddenly guested at Newbury.

We have two runners today. The KBRP owned Silver Kayf at Newbury and the Racing For Maggies charity horse Biscuit at Bangor. Both horses have many followers and owners. 26 heading to Newbury and 14 to Bangor. For my thoughts on their chances please click here.

No runners tomorrow.

Another email worth mentioning..

Dear Kim

I thoroughly enjoy your blog and love seeing the photos and videos. It makes up for not being able to see my horses at work although I am trying to pick them out on your new gallop cam..

It is a great insight into the hard work all your staff put into making your stable such fun.

Mind you it is even more enjoyable to be an owner with you!

Thank you for your excellent syndicates run by yourself and Peter Kerr which makes its affordable to have a horse in training.

Warm wishes to you all  and thank you. Fenella

Happy birthday to Ben Hanbury and Harry Beeby. Harry is my savour in racing..All that credit at Doncaster sales when he ran it.. Yes and we are supporting his race today at Newbury although it is now run under a new name..

Two weeks tomorrow is our local Point to Point  Andoversford Races.. Put it in your diary.. Flyer on the bright

Why is that theme parks can snap a clear picture of you on a rollercoaster at 70mph but bank cameras cant get a clear shot of a robber standing still?

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday

24th March 2017

Plus 4, windy and dry when driving in.

Ludlow was empty of runners but fairly busy with people. A charity day and the marquee was full. Apparently loads of good auction prizes and a great deal of money raised for a good cause. Good to see Virginia Johnson, Christopher Courage and John Webber amongst the guests.

Vernon Taylor hosted the ‘outsiders’ lunch. Vernon is one of the several forward thinking Directors of Ludlow (no list on their web site?) who have helped improve the racecourse with great prize money.. Vernon as you can imagine was far from happy with their horse numbers yesterday. Great prize money on offer again.

I drove the trailer and I went there to walk the course to see if Red Spinner could run. Run he did but not well enough, he finished 3rd beaten in a photo for second.

At Chepstow Cascaye also ran 'well enough' to finish 3rd and the form will work out well, while Braw Angus probably should have won but a moderate jump at the last scuppered his chances. The big disappointment of the day for us was Glenforde who ran a stinker. That was not right..

Third lot this morning we were busy..Vince Burmingham was here this morning to see his KBRP horses Milord who won this week at Taunton, Knockanrawley, Chateau Robin, Ascotdeux Nellerie and Silver Kayf.

Also here third lot were 16 people from Ascot Racecourse. It was their sponsors day out.. A visit here followed by lunch at The Wheatsheaf.. Something I will have to forgo as we have a runner at Newbury.

Talking Newbury I am there for two days. Tomorrow I am a guest on the Opening Show with Alice Plunkett and Luke Harvey on ITV and then racing.

Yes we have one runner today at Newbury and for my thoughts on Dueling Banjos chances please click here.

John’s email set of a few replies.

Here is one from another John..

Hi Kim

''Interesting to read today's blog but am a little worried that someone called John is no longer enjoying your daily blog.
As you are aware I have followed your early morning jottings since from the days of the BBC computer, Windows 95, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7/8 etc. through to the i-mac and i-pad etc.

While I'm not too sure about your wit!!  I am pleased to say, I still find your commitment to your daily blog rather exceptional. As nothing more than a fun punter, I find reading about the daily goings on in a horse racing stable increases my knowledge and understanding of a sport I very much enjoy.

Of course like most punters who back race horses I will always try to read between the lines and will mostly come unstuck when doing so! However, to have the opportunity to see (great photos) and read about the daily routine of running a horse training business is both interesting and informative.

To be able to read about the care and effort and the disappointments gives the blog reader a sense of connection with your runners. Other than being an owner I feel your blog offers your readers an opportunity to feel more connected to the sport we share.

Your commitment to getting your daily jottings available on-line so early each morning is a creditable achievement.Keep up the good work... onwards and upwards, its good to see how Thorndale has continued to grow.''

I am sure you have seen this but Liz Wills, who regularly reads the Daily Mirror, sent this clip over.. How to deal with Twitter abuse.. you should watch..

23rd March 2017

Plus 4 and raining when driving in.

Firstly all our thoughts must go to the families of Keith Palmer the brave policeman who was killed yesterday and the three others who have died who were run down by a lone Islamist extremist. So sad to see terror arrive on out streets again; we live in worrying times. Our thoughts and prayers for those also injured.

Yesterday at Warwick the ground was saturated. The rain we had here finally arrived at Warwick late morning so we took Pulling Power and Braw Angus out of their respective races. Jupiters Gift ran and finished down the field.. she hated the ground.

This morning we worked El Presente, Time For Another, By The Boardwalk and Jimmy The Jetplane. All the rest cantered as it was our easy day.

We have 4 runners today at two meetings. Braw Angus who I took out of Warwick yesterday runs today at Chepstow.. The plan was always to run yesterday but the ground was so bad that I felt 3 and ¼ mile just too far on that ground..

I am heading to Ludlow driving the trailer with Red Spinner in the back while Mat is heading to Chepstow to saddle Cascaye, Braw Angus and Glenforde. For my thoughts on my runners please click here.

Ludlow is right to be annoyed that they have so few runners for such great prize money. Red Spinner was entered when the race re opened and now runs while my two bumper horses wanted good ground so dont run. It is a difficult card to fill as they run two mares races and there have been many mares races recently and 2 mile chases which they have two are always low fillers. Haydock suffered yesterday as did Warwick..Time of year?

This email from John who has decided to stop subscribing to my blog.. in fact you don’t have to as my blog is free to read.. Anyway this was what he said....

''My membership is near its end. I am sorely disappointed to be honest. Some years back, Kim and I had some heated words. I was glad of it. At least it showed that he had a role in his blog... but now it has all become grey and tired. As for the stable, well I am sorry to say, yet another let down. Summer months spent waiting for "soft going" and when soft comes, the coughing and yearning for better ground. Image of carrot on stick comes to mind... Have enjoyed staff input, pics and films thoroughly and I wish everyone well in future. Perhaps now, without the burden of my expectations, stable form will improve and Kim's wit will seem more bearable after some more regular visits to winners enclosure... All the best everyone !! John

Here is a sample of my wit...

Little Bruce and Jenny are only 10 years old, but they know they are in love.

One day they decide that they want to get married, so Bruce goes to Jenny's father to ask him for her hand.      

Bruce bravely walks up to him and says,  "Mr. Smith, me and Jenny are in love and I want to ask you for her hand in marriage." 

Thinking that this was just the cutest thing,  Mr. Smith replies, "Well, Bruce, you are only 10. Where will you two live?"

Without even taking a moment to think about it,  Bruce replies,"In Jenny's room. It's bigger than mine and we can both fit there nicely."

Mr. Smith says with a huge grin, "Okay, then how will you live? You're not old enough to get a job. You'll need to support Jenny."

Again, Bruce instantly replies,"Our allowance,  Jenny makes five pounds a week and I make 10 pounds a week. That's about 60 pounds a month, so that should do us just fine."

Mr. Smith is impressed Bruce has put so much thought into this.  "Well, Bruce, it seems like you have everything figured out. I just have one more question. What will you do if the two of you should have little children of your own?" 

Bruce just shrugs his shoulders and says, "Well, we've been lucky so far."      

Mr. Smith no longer thinks the little shit is so adorable.

Thanks for all the positive comments re my new gallop camera.. and no we are not offering to name the horses for you I am afraid..It is there for you to admire the view and see the horses actually doing something.. and of course check that I am here too!

To finish.. Happy birthday to my old neighbour Ollie Sherwood..

22nd March 2017

Plus 4 and raining hard when driving in... Infact a perfectly foul morning.

Not a great day to start our gallop camera..

If you look above here on the header bar you will see the logo for Gallop Camera.. Click on it  to watch the mornings work.. First lot should be up there about 7.35, second lot about 8,40 and third lot at about 10.15.. of course that could change!

Not pretty weather at Exeter yesterday which certainly did help our cause.

All three runners were good ground horses so the persistent rain was not helpful. Alfie’s Choice was third while Boy In A Bentley finished second. Both ran well but found horses too good for them. Beyond Supremacy ran well for a long way but then petered out..

David Bass and Tom Bellamy were in this morning and we worked a few.. A video can been seen here of the horses working and Cascaye and Glenforde schooling.

Mary Dulverton was here second lot to see her’s and Michael’s Call Claude second lot

Third lot Johnny and Liz Wills were here to see their horse Net Work Rouge while Mark and Melinda Laws were here to see their two horses Ben Arthur and Battle Dust and their KBRP horse Knockanrawley

Martha Terry was also here to discuss The Last Samuri for the Horse and Hound magazine.. Yes the Grand National in just over two weeks away! Martha used to ride out for me in Lambourn and used to ride Over the Stream on a regular basis who was Grand National runner himself.

We have three runners today at Warwick although rain might change that.. for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

All change. - 'today' before the Battle of Trafalgar as written by Grahame Whateley..

Nelson: "Order the signal, Hardy."

Hardy: "Aye, aye sir."

Nelson: "Hold on, this isn't what I dictated to Flags. What's the meaning of this?"

Hardy: "Sorry sir?"

Nelson (reading aloud): “ England expects every person to do his or her duty, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion or disability.' - What gobbledygook is this for God's sake?"

Hardy: "Admiralty policy, I'm afraid, sir. We're an equal opportunities employer now.
We had the devil's own job getting “ England " past the censors, lest it be considered racist."

Nelson: "Gadzooks, Hardy. Hand me my pipe and tobacco."

Hardy: "Sorry sir. All naval vessels have now been designated smoke-free working environments."

Nelson: "In that case, break open the rum ration. Let us splice the main brace to steel the men before battle."

Hardy: "The rum ration has been abolished, Admiral. Its part of the Government's policy on binge drinking.."

Nelson: "Damn it man! We are on the eve of the greatest sea battle in history.
We must advance with all dispatch. Report from the crow's nest, please."

Hardy: "That won't be possible, sir."

Nelson: "What?"

Hardy: "Health and Safety have closed the crow's nest, sir. No harness; and they said that rope ladders don't meet regulations. They won't let anyone up there until proper scaffolding can be erected."

Nelson: "Then get me the ship's carpenter without delay, Hardy."

Hardy: "He's busy knocking up a wheelchair access to the foredeck Admiral."

Nelson: "Wheelchair access? I've never heard anything so absurd."

Hardy: "Health and safety again, sir. We have to provide a barrier- free environment for the differently abled."

Nelson: "Differently abled? I've only one arm and one eye and I refuse even to hear mention of the word. I didn't rise to the rank of admiral by playing the disability card."

Hardy: "Actually, sir, you did. The Royal Navy is under- represented in the areas of visual impairment and limb deficiency."

Nelson: "I've never heard such infamy. Break out the cannon and tell the men to stand by to engage the enemy."

Hardy: "The men are a bit worried about shooting at anyone, Admiral."

Nelson: "What? This is mutiny!"

Hardy: "It's not that, sir. It's just that they're afraid of being charged with murder if they actually kill anyone. There are a couple of legal-aid lawyers on board, watching everyone like hawks."

Nelson: "Then how are we to sink the Frenchies and the Spanish?"

Hardy: "Actually, sir, we're not."

Nelson: "We're not?"

Hardy: "No, sir. The French and the Spanish are our European partners now. According to the Common Fisheries Policy, we shouldn't even be in this stretch of water. We could get hit with a claim for compensation."

Nelson: "But you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil."

Hardy: "I wouldn't let the ship's diversity coordinator hear you saying that sir. You'll be up on disciplinary report."

Nelson: "You must consider every man an enemy, who speaks ill of your King."

Hardy: "Not any more, sir. We must be inclusive in this multicultural age.  Now put on your Kevlar vest; it's the rules. It could save your life"

Nelson: "Don't tell me - Health and Safety. Whatever happened to rum, sodomy and the lash?"

Hardy: As I explained, sir, rum is off the menu! And there's a ban on corporal punishment."

Nelson: "What about sodomy?"

Hardy: "I believe that is now legal, sir."

Nelson: "In that case................ Kiss me, Hardy."

To finish.. Happy birthday to my Godson Toby Ruck Keene..

21st March 2017

Plus 2 and dry when driving in.

Milord finally won a race. I don’t mean his first race but he has not won for a while and yesterday at Taunton he did the business well..

Helen Hibbert was the only representative of the KBRP who own Milord so she had special treatment and proudly led her horse in to the winners enclosure assisted by the ever hard working Peter Kerr who runs all my partnerships.

Anyway patience is important in racing and Milord's other KBRP members have certainly been that so well done to Norman Carter, Vince Burmingham, Kit Fleming, Mark Hudson, David Price, Tim Richardson and Michael Wilkes..Henry Morshead again showed that he is good value for his 7lb and looks to ride better than his father!

Helen Hibbert emailed..

''Congratulations and thanks to you and the team. You picked the right race and distance, Leigh turned him out beautifully, Henry gave him the right ride (and was really helpful to Leigh, both before and after the race), and Peter generously went on being Peter, in spite of some trying circumstances not connected to Milord.

Thanks also to those who look after him at the yard and don't see the fun on the day. Not sure who organised the sunshine, but that was great, too. Oh, and of course, Milord himself.

It also made me think that maybe owners aren't always sufficiently grateful in general - even on those days when nothing goes right the same amount of work goes into caring for our horses, and the disappointment is not just ours.

I hope that everyone at the yard knows that we really appreciate their hard work and dedication, and that the trophies are really theirs.''

Thanks Helen..Sadly I was not at Taunton as I was further up north at sunny (yes) Southwell where Texas Forever was most disappointing.. One more chance for him otherwise he will be heading for a new career.

An early start to Lambourn when I took Cresswell Legend and Minella Warrior away for an away day.

John aand Veronica Full were here third lot to see their KBRP horses Blazon, Chateau Robin, Ascotdeux Nellerie and their Racing For Maggies Charity Horses Another Venture and Biscuit.

Graham Potts our vet was in for his Tuesday visit

This week movers and shakers in the BHA weekly handicap charts are..

Charbel up 7 to 154 (a double whammy of bad luck and not very helpful when you have fallen at the second last! and obviously the handicapper wasn't that impressed as Altior has been dropped 2lbs to 168), My Cousin Rachel down 2 to 95 and Un Ace down 2 to 135. 

Interestingly enough Paul Nicholls' Wonderful Charm who finished second in the Foxhunters has been dropped 11lbs to 142.

We have three runners today at Exeter and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Sandra Arkwright who I saw at Southwell (part owns Texas Forever and Diva Reconce) sent this over..

An elderly couple had just learned how to send text messages on their mobile phones.

The wife was a romantic type and the husband was more of a no-nonsense guy.

One afternoon the wife went out to meet a friend for coffee.

She decided to send her husband a romantic text message and she wrote:

"If you are sleeping, send me your dreams.

If you are laughing, send me your smile.

If you are eating, send me a bite.

If you are drinking, send me a sip.

If you are crying, send me your tears. 

I love you."

The husband texted back to her:  

"I'm on the loo. Please advise.

To finish.. welcome Sandy Dudgeon from Hong Kong.. a new reader.. makes 4.. One more than TNDGB's?

I also had a long converstaion last night with Champion trainer Paul Nicholls..

20th March 2017

Plus 10 and drizzling when driving in.

A weekend to recover? Looking back on last week it was such a great week. The domination of Ireland continued into Saturday when their Rugby team beat ours in the Six Nations. ..

The Cheltenham Festival has one race that sticks out for change and that is the Foxhunters Chase won this year by Paul Nicholls.

Before I go any further I am not saying it was wrong that Paul won this historic race but I believe the conditions need to change.

The Foxhunters Chase at Cheltenham and the Foxhunters Chase at Aintree have always been the Amateur Gold Cup's or Amateur Grand National and both races have been won in the past by genuine hunter chasers and genuine Amateur trainers and that is how it should be. Now we see too many profession trainers revitalizing horses careers by running in these races .

This year Paul Nicholls finished first and second and the horse that was second Wonderful Charm became the highest rated chaser to run in the race with a current handicap rating of 153. This surely is wrong?

While the rules of racing allow this to happen then Paul Nicholls or other fully licenced Jump trainer can and will run horses in these two races. Something to change.. perhaps a 7lb penalty for being trained by a licenced trainer who trains more that 40 horses? 

Saturdays runners were Nicely Indeed who finished 6th and Sainte Ladylime who finished last. One ran well and the other did not. Yesterday we were due to run Shaluna at Ffos Las but she bit her tongue on Saturday and therefore we would have been able to put a tongue tie on her. 

We have two runners today. One at Taunton and one at Southwell, for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Leighs Blog..

''Chepstow on Monday, not a bad place when the sun shines. The stables are large and well bedded down, which is good for The Drinkymeister as he likes a roll! The yard is split into smaller sections with a washbay in each, this makes washing down a bit quicker as you are not all fighting over the same one. It a nice course, shame you have to pay to get there!

Cheltenham on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. As the traffic can get very bad at certain times we always leave early to get to the racecourse, an idea most people have as I queued each day to get into the unloading area. We are lucky to be able to do this as we then have time to experience the atmosphere and see some of the other races.

It is very organised as each trainer has their own section of the stable yard; we were in the same box each day, This is good as you always know where you are. There are 6 washbays which is more than most racecourses and there is a lot of space for washing and walking off. The only problem with Cheltenham is that it is a trek from the stables to the racecourse, up and down hills; I always end up with sore shins after a few days!!

The atmosphere is unlike any other and it is nice to see the stable staff getting excited about taking their horses there.

Back to reality on Saturday with a trip to Fontwell, although the stable yard is nice and the canteen cheap. The lorry park was in good condition this week as it has been dry, it is grass so it can get very wet and boggy in bad weather. There is not much order when parking and it is easy to get blocked in!

Another busy week as we roll on to Aintree now, starting with a trip to Taunton.''

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