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2nd January 2024

Plus 9 and dry when driving in....15mm of rain yesterday..

It was certainly not dry last night when leaving Cheltenham and judging by the weather forecast will not be later today!

If racing could bottle the crowd and atmosphere at Cheltenham yesterday then all our woes would over. 33k walked through the gates and mostly young.. They are racings future, not Premier racing!! They had fun and hopefully many will return.

Shantou Express ran well but as we expected he found the hill on that ground too much for him.. having said that he travelled and jumped for fun..Spring time and he will be winning again.

Down at Exeter where it was very hard to see what was happening.. Mot Pour Mot pulled up turning for home.. a worry, while Killigarth was incredibly green but ran ok.. he will be fine when the penny drops.

Tuesday morning brings Robert and Nicola Baillie who are involved in the KBRS horses Isle Of Gold, Mikhailovich and Magical Escape.. Mark and Rachel Burt were also here and they are involved in the KBRS horse Isle Of Gold..

We have a vet visit as usual..

This week movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts were Does He Know down 2 to 153 Fair Frontieres down 2 to 125....

My pet racing hates.. Early closing races.. Please somebody see sense..

Cheltenham early closing races.. The Gold Cup, Champion Chase and Ryanair Chase all close today at mid-day.. Why so early? We have just over 3 months until these races are run..and there are more early closing Cheltenham races next week.. Surely there is no need to close this early? Is it just a way of collecting money from entries to subsides the race pool pot?

Or is it to appease the betting public.. or rather bookmakers?

The biggest betting race of the year is the The Grand National.. this race's entries close early February..  just over 2 months before the big race....

The Sunday School teacher was just finishing a lesson on honesty. “Do you know where children go if they don’t put their money in the collection plate?” the teacher asked.

“Yes ma’am,” a boy blurted out. “They go to the movies.”