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20th October 2014

Plus 10 and dry when driving in.. It might not be tomorrow judging by the forecast.

Saturday's runners are fine but they're both ran very disappointingly.

The new look Cheltenham will be fabulous although the next meeting will be a big test. The 17000 people there on Saturday seemed to be able to move about.

The owners and trainers lunch facility is good and seems enlarged from last season. Cheltenham are learning as they are now looking after all who finish in the first 4. The winners apparently are being swept into a smart suit while the 2nd,3rd and 4th are ushered upstairs into the A&R Club to watch a replay and quaff champagne.

Monday and a new week. A big one for my staff as their smart new accommodation will be ready this week.

We take over on Wednesday but in the meantime I have to learn how the underfloor heating works and more importantly how to turn off smoke alarms.. one went off on Sunday morning at 2am when it was locked with nobody in residence or inside..

Beds, bed linen,washing machines, TVs, dishwashers, furniture and all sorts of other things like cutlery pots and pans are all arriving from their various destinations this week.

The frightening thing is that although we have won 25 races so far this season my trainers percentage of the prize money does not cover the purchase price of what we have bought so far..

Does that say something about the level of our prize money.. the races I have won or perhaps the quality of furnishings going into the new staff accomodation?

My English and spelling leave a great deal to be desired but what you are about to read below, which was sent over by Derek Doolin, is easy for me..

We've seen this with the letters out of order, but this is the first time we've seen it with numbers. Good example of a Brain Study: If you can read this OUT LOUD you have a strong mind. And better than that: Alzheimer's is a long long, way down the road before it ever gets anywhere near you.

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A&S Enterprises Charingworth at Cheltenham on FridayLeigh Pollard, Harry Bannister and Liam Higgins (Higgs)Un Ace and Shane CollinsHalf term and young race goers with 'training' connections?First lot this morningHeading home 
Jason Maguire? AP McCoy or ?
Darna having a wash after excercise A rather wooly Savant Bleu, Flemensmix and Silver Eagle out in the field Gordon Fairbairn's fine looking sheep dogs..


18th October 2014

Plus 15 and damp when driving in. 5 mm of water landed on us last night.

The ground was as described yesterday at Cheltenham, good and good to soft. It was winter ground.

Supreme Present just needs very fast ground as she struggled on that; Jason accepted it as soon as she came under pressure. Annoying as she has loads of ability but ground for her is a hugely important issue. We will wait for 3 weeks to see if either the mares races in November have faster ground, if not she will have the winter off.

Un Ace fell which was not part of the plan while Up For An Oscar found the ground and the competition too much for him. Charingworth again ran a blinder to finish 2nd. Can you imagine how pleased I was with being 2nd yesterday?

All the horses that ran yesterday are fine this morning.

Busy morning with 8 people for 'A morning on the gallops followed by Breakfast'. Tom Beeby from CD Tours. Tony and Helen Love who bought direct off my web site while Philip Jones brought 4 others from the Yorkshire Racing Club.

Third lot Nicky Van Dijk brought some friends over to see her horse Mrs Peachey. Martyn and Sandra Steer Fowler were here to see Such A Legend and 'Twiggy'; Martyn and Sandra stayed at The Kings Head in Cirencester.

Mandy and John  Battershall were here to see  Midnight Oscar; MO has won twice for them so far this season.

Iain and Angela Bell and Karen Masters were here to see their KBRP horse Knockanrawley, while Peter and Fiona Woodhall and Tim Richardson who are also part own Knockanrawley were here to see their other horses Mor Brook and Thursdays winner Milord.

The fun of the KBRP is that most had never met before and many of them met up for supper last night and have become good mates.

Peter Kerr who runs my KBRP was here to help out!

David Crompton who is a member of THFRP was here to see A Shade Of Bay. There is one share still available in this lovely mare. Click here for details.

Back to Cheltenham today with two runners.

The Drinkymeister who was an English points winner ran well in his bumper at Towcester to finish 4th but had a horrid stepping fall on his only run over hurdles at Bangor. The Drinkymiester runs very much as a confidence booster although he will not disgrace; he is a lovely horse who is waiting to go chasing. David Bass rides.

Ed Cookson rides Jimmy The Jetplane who could run a blinder if he handles the ground, especially after last nights rain. Jimmy went up 13lbs for winning on good ground at Wincanton with Ed on top; taking Ed off would mean an 18lb rise if that makes sense.

No runners tomorrow so a family day with Archie around. Have a good one and see you Monday..

This mornings team for a Morning on the gallops and BreakfastA Shade Of Bay and Magic Money working in front of a packed grandstand!We had some extra help or was it excitement!!Mor Brook and Agent FedoraThird lots team .. fun 

17th October 2014

Plus 13 and dry when driving in.

Such A Legend and Faerie Reel popped over to Lambourn this morning for a gallop and a change of scenery. Mat drove them over and he was met by Paul and Elizabeth Kellar who were there to watch Elizabeth's new horse FR.

Geoff Ellis was here 3rd lot to see his KBRP horse Taras Rainbow canter.

At last Milord finally does it and wins a race...!!!

Luck has never been on his side and yesterday it was as the horse most likely to win made a mistake at the last, and Milord and David Bass landed running; they held on by a diminishing neck..

The noise that greeted him when he arrived back in the winners enclosure suggested that the nearly 2 year wait was worthwhile.

It has been a game of patience and frustration owning Milord and all bar one stuck by him, so well done to his happy band of KBRP owners... Peter Band, Vince Burmingham, Norman Carter, Kit Fleming, James Hill, Mark Hudson, David Price, Tim Richardson, Michael Wilkes and Helen Hibbert. Helen took over her brothers David's share when he died.

Finally well done to David Bass who promised to win in him and to KBRP manager Peter Kerr ,who has struggled to keep the smile on his face at times with Milord

Sunblazer needs to go back on the flat. At Uttoxeter Net Work Rouge was impressive until he showed his lack of experience when coming off the bridle; he jumped brilliantly and this huge horse is going to make some chaser in a years time. Kibo broke a blood vessel as badly as I have seen one do so; poor chap was feeling pretty miserable after, but he is fine this morning, as they all are.

Milord was winner number 25 for the season so far..

Cheltenham today with 4 runners.

Supreme Present runs provided the ground is OK.. she needs fast or good ground. Her form is rock solid and this is not the strongest novice hurdle ever. She goes there in great form and if the handicapper was right by suggesting she should be rated 145 then she should win.. he has since seen his mistake and dropped her 10lbs.

Un Ace is a lovely horse who was impressive last season, until he broke a blood vessel at Aintree. He has been working well and we are happy with him. 2 miles is on the sharp side, but whatever he does today, he will improve for the race.

Up For An Oscar is running for place money; he will run better than at Fontwell where he hated the tight course. Ed Cookson loves Cheltenham.

Lastly Charingworth, who is the oldest horse in the yard (11) tries to go one better than last year. The old boy is in cracking form.

Yes a busy day and an exciting day.. on a footnote.. it is 4354 days since my last winner at Cheltenham!!! TFFFN likes to remind me.

We are coming to the end of the week; an important one for Kerry and Bells.

Wedding plans and ideas are strewn all over my office, but the one missing is the photographer..

I suggested to them that they should be very careful who they choose...

Such a Legend and Faerie Reel on the Lambourn gallopsElizabeth Kellar with Faerie ReelTara's Rainbow and Wenlocks Boxer leading The Scarlett WomanGeoff Ellis with his horse Tara's RainbowThe Photographer was so embarrassed by my joke she sent her some flowers to make up for it!! 

16th October 2014

Plus 10 and dry when driving in. The roads though were very very wet after yesterdays rain; another 10mm.

Thursday is our easy day; most worked or even schooled yesterday.. routine..

I was delighted with Gaelic Myths run at Wetherby yesterday. He pulled far too hard and only really settled with 3/4 mile to go. He jumped well and looked like winning between the last two only to slightly run out of puff after the last. It was still most encouraging to finished 3rd beaten 4 lengths in what looked the best novice hurdle of the season so far.

We have 4 runners today weather permitting..

I am heading to Uttoxeter where I am driving Net Work Rouge and Kibo. Both horses are making their hurdle debut and both have been jumping and performing well at home. Both races are competitive and we are expecting a bold showing.

NWR is a very tall horse (17hands) who won his only English point to point for Tom Lacey impressively; NWR is very much a chaser in the making while Kibo is the opposite size wise. Jason Maguire rides both

At Wincanton we hope to run Sunblazer and Milord. I say hope as Sunblazer is a fast ground horse who would have a great chance if it still is. Milord just deserves to win! David Bass rides both.

Kerry's smile has not left her face all week. There have been cards, text, emails, you name it and of course a few helpful videos.

Here is some useful advice for her future husband Robert Bellamy...

 How to make more room in the new staff accomodation..Oh no!

15th October 2014

Plus 10, foggy and drizzling when driving in.

David Bass and Ed Cookson were here for a work and schooling morning.

We jumped....

A Shade Of Bay, Agent Fedora, Azure Aware, Ballyknock Lad, By The Boardwalk, Charingworth, Darna, Derrintogether Bliss, Jimmy The Jetplane, Magic Money, Milord, Mollys A Diva, Kibo, Premier Portrait, Net Work Rouge, Mrs Peachey, The Drinkymeister and Un Ace over hurdles or fences..

Colin Stewart who is a member of our KBRPs was here 3rd lot to see his horses Mor Brook canter and Sunblazer jump a hurdle.

Gavin James had to cancel this mornings planned photography lesson; probably a good thing as it was not easy seeing anything early.

Watching A Shade Of Bay jumping this morning reminded me that we still have 4 shares left in The Have Fun Racing Partnership who lease ASOB.

If you have ever fancied becoming involved in racehorse ownership, but perhaps have been daunted by the cost, then this is your ideal opportunity to become an owner without the cost.

There are a total of 15 shares in this lovely mare, who has won and been placed over hurdles, at a one off (all in) monthly cost of £150, plus a £75 joining fee. There are no hidden costs and the lease runs from NOW to the end of March 2016

THFRP was designed so that you can dip your toe into Racehorse Ownership and enjoy all the benefits of full ownership. Weekly emails, visits to the yard and badges on race-days.. what more do you want. It will be fun.

We are only a phone call away (or email) so please don't be frightened to make that call.. we don't bite!!

Click here to read all about joining THFRP and in 3 weeks time, you never know, you too could be standing in that hallowed area on a racecourse... the 'winners enclosure'.

One runner at Wetherby where they are still watering!

Gaelic Myth won a bumper at Ludlow on his only start and todays starts his hurdle career at 4.35.

This looks very competitive on paper and he will be a decent prospect if he wins this. GM will not disgrace himself, especially being ridden by Jason Maguire.

This one is for Kerry Maxwell, my PA..

They stood at the altar,waiting to be married. The bride to be looked down and saw a set of golf clubs beside her new husbands feet.

'What on earth are you doing with those golf clubs?' she whispered.

'Well,' he said, 'This won't take all afternoon,will it?'

Milord leading A Shade Of BayDarna jumping for the first time in 2 years.Tow Tom Lacey point vto pointers.. Net Work Rouge and The Drinkymeister By The Boardwalk and David Bass first lotBy The Boardwalk again
Agent Fedora leading Mollys A Diva and Ballyknock Lad Mollys A Diva and Ballyknock Lad Kibo who runs at Uttoxeter tomorrow
Mrs Peachey Viking Ridge Premier Portrait
Wenlocks Wonder and Mor Brook Sunblazer Sunblazer and his owner Colin Stewart

14th October 2014

Plus 9 and raining when driving in. We had  a very wet day yesterday.. 12 mm..

Every jockey knows he has to have a fall (1 in 10 rides) and Jason had two crunchers yesterday at Sedgefield. When I spoke to him last night, to see how he was, Jason just said he was fine but needed to get them out of the way!

Busy morning here on the entertainment front.

David and Irene Dando and Richard and Silvia Francombe were here second lot for 'a morning on the gallops followed by breakfast'.. Bought at charity auction.

Third lot Robert and Diane Green plus 6 friends were here for 'a morning on the gallops' watching third lot, again purchased at a charity auction... we are very charitable here?

We worked Un Ace and Supreme Present. Both are likely to be heading to Cheltenham this weekend, although top of the ground SP's chances look like being washed away..

Harry Topper and Ballyknock Lad slipped off to Lambourn; Jason Maguire and Tom Bellamy did the honours.

We are supposed to have two runners at Huntingdon later but that has changed as West End wants good ground and Network Rouge won his English Point to Point on fast ground. Huntingdon is now on the heavy side. They stay at home.

Rain is needed but when racecourses water like fury over the summer it does not take long to change the ground. That is the dilemma facing racecourses at this time of year.

Ascot's big Qipco Champions day on Saturday is going to struggle with big names falling by the wayside. Good flat horse don't like bottomless ground, whatever the prize money.. Reputations and values can be ruined..

Graham Potts our vet was in for his weekly visit and talking weekly this week the handicapper has changed a few horses ratings...Mrs Peachey went up 3lbs to 128 and Midnight Oscar went down 1 to 127

111 million Euro Lottery tonight... Dreams..

A woman bursts through the front door and says, 'Pack your bags darling. I just won the lottery!'

And the husband says, 'Great! Should I pack for the beach or the mountains?'

She says, 'I don't give a stuff. Just go to buggery!'

David, Leigh, Silvia, Irene and RichardThird lots team of a morning of the gallopsCrazy Jack and Un Ace jumping fencesCrazy Jack and Un Ace.. 

13th October 2014

Plus 10 wet and very windy when driving in.

Well done Bells!!... At last and thank the Lord.....

Robert Bellamy and Kerry Maxwell, my PA, have been together for some while now and yesterday Bells did the decent thing.. It is all happening here at Thorndale; Mat and now Kerry. Church Bells a plenty in 2015?

Kerry was positively bouncing when she arrived in the office this morning; she forgot that we have no hot water or heating. You can't beat a good fur coat?

Jason Maguire called in yesterday morning so we jumped a few. Magic Money, Kibo, By The Boardwalk, The Drinkymeister, Supreme Present, Gaelic Myth and Up For An Oscar.

John and Penny Perriss came over to watch John's horses BTBW and The Drinkymeister. This was followed by a coffee and a visit to the programme book.

Last nights visit to the Cheltenham Literary Festival to see Kevin Pietersen was certainly interesting. Oli Christie and I went backstage to meet KP before he went on stage.

The auditorium was packed.

David Walsh was too kind or perhaps protective when interviewing KP; but of course David ghost wrote the book.

It was a slow burning start and I never felt that the anticipated roaring fire needed putting out in a hurry..Perhaps we have read so much about him over the last week that we all knew the answers..

There is no doubt KP believes every word he wrote and funnily enough I believe most of what he wrote is true too. KP is an enigma who is possibly a bully who has been bullied; he came across as rather insecure.

The whole evening was like listening to one side of a good old fashioned or rather modern divorce.

I came away wishing the KP would just play one season of county cricket; score loads of runs so that he is proved right in that he has the ability to be chosen and picked for England again, but sadly I don't think that he has the will to do that.

Those of us who have been lucky enough to have witnessed one of his great innings live will never forget him as a brilliant if not slightly tarnished player. He was England's finest batsman and weapon. 

KP could transform an innings; his arrival at the crease emptied bars and put bums on seats.

Virginia Johnson called in late morning to see her new horse Lady Of Llanarmon. Virginia shares this lovely filly by Yeats with Bobby mcCalpine.

 Th view towards Brockhampton over the schooling groundMagic Money and Kibo heading down to the jumpsKibo and Jason MaguireJo Morris on Magic Money
Kibo jumping fences Up For An Oscar and Ed Cookson jumping fences By The Boardwalk and Up For An Oscar
The Drinkymeister and Jason Maguire Gaelic Myth and Supreme Present John Perriss hard at work at my desk.. DOWPB?

11th October 2014

Plus 6 and foggy when driving in. Not a good viewing morning..

Jockey Ed Cookson here this morning. We worked most of the horses.

Andy Smith was here for breakfast as booked through CD Tours, also here 2nd lot and for breakfast were Elizabeth and Paul Kellar.

Dave Tyler who is a member of the A&RRP was here 3rd lot to see his horse Fizzy Dancer and Alan McLellan who is a member of our new charity partnership the GSTTKPAP was here to see his horses..

Yesterday was an expensive day.. No I was not at Tattersalls spending £2.6m on a yearling but in proportion it felt the same..

Yesterday I started kitting out the new staff accommodation; we move in or rather my staff move in, in 2 weeks time.

My shopping list, which was not something I was budgeting for 6 months ago, included 10 beds plus linen, one big flat screen TV, one washing machine, two tumble dryers, one dishwasher, one huge fridge, toasters, kettles, cutlery, cooking pans and more to come including tables and chairs.. My credit card reward points might have helped me fly to South Africa?

Listers Toyota in Cheltenham again were super efficient; they swapped my tyres over for off roaders for the winter in no time; they even lent me a car to go shopping in!

Last night saw the official opening of the Kings Head in Cirencester by Lord Bathurst and Countess Bathurst

General Manager Stephen Mannock hosted a drinks party for those locally who might like to use this very smart hotel. Amongst the guests were the usual suspects of Oli Christie, Rupert Longsdon, Atty Beor Roberts, Tom Wakefield, Tom Wharton and many more..

The Kings Head have an arrangement with me so that their guests are offered a visit here while staying in the Cotswolds for the weekend.

No runners over the weekend.

Caroline Swire or was it Glen who sent this one over...

After being married for forty years, Caroline asked her husband to describe her.

Glen looked at her for a while, then said: "You're an alphabet wife... A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K."

She asks: "What the hell does that mean?"

He said: "Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy, Gorgeous and Hot".

She smiled happily and said: "Oh, that's so lovely, but what about I, J, K?"

He said: "I'm Just Kidding!"

 The swelling in Glen's eye is going down and the doctor is fairly optimistic about saving his testicles.

Have a good one and I will be back on Monday.. Having been to see and listened to KP on Sunday night!

Crazy Jack and The DrinkymeisterFaerie Reel and Grand MarchJimmy The Jetplane and Ballyknock LadUn Ace leading Such A LegendBay Max and Taras Rainbow leading Twiggy and the Tikanen gelding 
Dave, Mat, Paul, Elizabeth and Alan watching the horses go past Alan Smith with Such A Legend and Elizabeth Kellar meeting Faerie Reel The Authorized Gelding
Braw Angus Rhianna Lady Of LLanarnon
All the youngsters (3 year olds) heading home Boolavarde King leading past Thorndale Farmhouse Heading back to the yard and home..

10th October 2014

Plus 8 and dry when driving in.

Todays headlines in the RP were not unexpected. ARC prize money pledge came up short by £800,000.00.

12 months ago ARC declared there was going to be a £1 million increase in their prize money in fact there was an increased of £170,000.00 to its 2012 total of £8.62 million.

Frankly nothing surprises when it comes to ARC and its racing commitment.

I feel sorry for those who work tirelessly on their racecourses to make our racing safer and better, only to be let down by those who own the company..

Worcester is a prime example. A good clerk of the course in Keith Ottesen who with his head grounds man Duncan Penney have turned a dreadful ground issue around in one year but the rest of the facilities are a joke.

Racing can change and go forward prize money wise; you only have to look at the independent courses like Ludlow to see what can be done. They average £50,000.00 a days racing and almost a £1 million year.

My email box was pretty full yesterday and this was one that appeared in it from the editor of the Racing Post Bruce Millington

'You will have noticed that we are currently unable to include ballot marks and claiming information in the newspaper. We would love to print these details and would do so immediately if they were being supplied to us at a fair and reasonable price.

Instead, the Racecourse Data Company, which has been appointed by the BHA to take over charging for of pre-race data from REL, apparently with the approval of REL, RCA and the Horsemen's Group (including the NTF), have attempted to impose an exorbitant charge to receive this data which, as a business, we are not willing or able to absorb.

The proposed charges would result in us paying well over £500,000 more than was previously the case for exactly the same data. This is the equivalent of being asked to pay 109 times more than The Daily Mirror for every reader of racing pages.

Having refused to agree to the imposition of the new and unjustified charges, we were unable to prevent RDC from switching off the Weatherbys pre-race data feed and with BHA lawyers preventing us being provided with access to the ballot and claiming data, we have been left with no choice but to operate without the complete service we used to carry.

It is an extremely regrettable situation but RDC have been unwilling to review their rate card and reduce their fees up to this point. This is not a fight we have picked so any assistance you can give to persuade the relevant parties of the necessity of enabling us to receive the missing data would surely benefit us all.

Before RDC assumed responsibility from REL we had several discussions with RDC regarding the new increased rates that were being proposed and at no point did they demonstrate a willingness to negotiate constructively on the price for the pre-race data feed. So we refute the assertion that it is Racing Post who will not engage properly. We won’t, however, accept the rates as they stand. If a jockey suddenly asked you for a £1 million retainer would you just accept it?

The Racing Post continues to strive to provide the best possible coverage and service to all our customers and we feel extremely hurt and aggrieved that the BHA, all racecourses bar Towcester and others involved in the running of racing have chosen to act in such a brutal and aggressive manner towards us.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding while we try to find a resolution.

To finish off a rather long winded Blog.. Cheltenham Racecourse yesterday showed off how its new developments are coming along and those going next week are in for a surprise.. You really can see some difference now.. it is all very exciting.

Young Conditional jockey Tom Bellamy featured on TV the other night. This is what was on

Melissa Jones from the Gloucester Echo has written about my 5 to follow..

 Justv in case you dont fancy paying £2.10Yesterday interview with Tom Stanley and Racing UKAgain..Important to laugh"!!Tom Stanley at Cheltenham yesterday.. Hard hats..
The new bridge and walkway Sophia Brudenell showing off the weighing room The winners enclosure and behind


9th October 2014

Plus 11 and drizzling when driving in.

Gold Man certainly made a pleasing start to his career yesterday when winning the bumper at Towcester; he made all. Thank you to Gavin James of GJ Multimedia for the photographs

A good winner for enthusiatsic owner Clive Washbourn.

Aiden Murphy and I bought Gold Man at the Cheltenham Festival Brightwells Sales in March.

Mrs B was not hugely impressed when I returned home after the sale announcing that I had just spend 60 odd grand on a Irish pointer with no owner in mind.

Luckily the web site came to the rescue as I photographed Gold Man at 7 am the following morning, posted him here on this page and at 7.45 Clive Washbourn rang up and bought him... just as I was showing him to Dermot and Kevin Clancy..

Patience is a virtue as Gold Man was a tired horse after the sales so we decided a good summer was what was needed.

Bumpers were never part of my plan but his work recently had suggested that he might win one on a galloping course.. Towcester fitted the bill.

Clive as usual made plenty of noise in the winners enclosure and I had several phone calls on the way back from Ludlow suggesting that I should watch his interview with Luke Harvey.

It was fun, lively interview and shows that you can smile, cheer and celebrate when having a winner...Well done Clive, you are one lucky owner.


I have to say that the 1 mile 5 furlong bumper is an odd one for Towcester and not one that I believe is right as a free runner is heading down hill too soon.

Ludlow (cracking prize money again) was wet and driving there for a moment it could have been February as the roads were white.. there was a huge thunderstorm and hailstorm.

Mrs Peachey ran a blinder and finished 3rd beaten a length. Sadly the rain had got into the ground by her race and that just could have made the difference. Anyway she put a couple of disappointing runs behind her and will now possible go chasing.

We did not run Sunblazer as the ground had gone for him. Norman Carter had driven from deepest Devon to see him run and was on the course for half an hour before heading home..Who said ownership was fun!!!

Racing UK are here this morning filming horses with Tom Stanley fronting. Then to Cheltenham to do an interview on TV about their new developments and then Worcester.

Gaelic Myth is our only runner of the day. A bumper winner at Ludlow this chap jumps well and has a great chance but this looks a hot little contest. David Bass rides.

This came winging over from the IOM..

Marital Understanding..How men and women record things in their diaries......

Wife's Diary:

Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it. Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn't say much.

I asked him what was wrong; He said, 'Nothing..' I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset. He said he wasn't upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it. On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled slightly, and kept driving. I can't explain his behaviour. I don't know why he didn't say, 'I love you,too.'

When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me any more. He just sat there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent. Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes later, he came to bed. But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep; I cried. I don't know what to do. I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a disaster.

Husband's Diary:

A two-foot putt..........who the hell misses a two-foot putt!

Gold Man passing the post in front.Gold Man's is a stunning looking horse?A kiss for the jockey!! Yes a very happy ownerJason, Gold Man, Anna and CliveClive Washbourn with his winning prize! 


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