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1st August 2016

Plus 10 and dry when driving in.

Jockeys are a tough breed and ex jockeys are the same.

My short visit to see my old mate Sam Morshead confirmed that he is still as tough as when he was riding all those years ago. It was so good to see him looking well. The down side to all this is that he is writing a book on his racing experiences.

Yes his book RACING THROUGH LIFE. THE TALE OF A JUMP JOCKEY will certainly be a good read; The Racing Post are going to publishing it and it will be launched at Perth on September 21st..

Sam, Nigel T-D and I shared a house while we all worked for Fred Rimell. Sam was stable jockey, Nigel was stable amateur while I was his assistant..They were great times and those couple of years feature heavily in the book.

I fear I will have to batten down the hatches to some of the revelations of our life together.. I could say it was a quite period of my life, but on the other hand it might not seem that way in print..

August 1 and Monday morning. Back to our normal routine.

First returns to it usual time of 7.15 with many of those horses who have been doing their road work started cantering today.. Routine..

Jack Jones joined us this morning; Jack has arrived here as a pupil assistant. Jack who has ridden winners in point to points comes here for the season to learn, and of course work hard..Jack is boarding with Ed Cookson.

Norman Carter called in second lot to see his horse Sunblazer and his KBRP horses Silver Eagle and Milord.

Kerry Bellamy, my PA, is away on holiday this week.. she is visiting Gloucestershire on Sea.

Sandra Arkwright.. a very happy birthday.. Here is one of the jokes you send over so regularly

A man is dining in a fancy restaurant and there's a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table. He's been checking her out since he sat down, but lacks the nerve to talk with her.

Suddenly she sneezes, and her glass eye comes flying out of its socket toward the man. He reflexively reaches out, grabs it out of the air, and hands it back.

"Oh my, I am so sorry," the woman says as she pops her eye back in place.

"Let me buy your dinner to make it up to you," she says.

They enjoy a wonderful dinner together, and afterwards they go to the theatre followed by drinks.

They talk, they laugh, she shares her deepest dreams and he shares his. She listens.

After paying for everything, she asks him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap and stay for breakfast. They had a wonderful time.

The next morning, she cooks a gourmet meal with all the trimmings. The guy is amazed. Everything had been SO incredible!

"You know," he said, "you are the perfect woman, are you this nice to every guy you meet?"

"No," she replies. . .

"You just happened to catch my eye."

To finish TNDGB makes 51 today.. some age for such a young trainer of note?