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2nd December 2023

Minus 5 and freezing fog when driving in.

It was bloody cold at Newbury yesterday. At least Espoir De Romay ran a far better race.. He enjoyed himself out in front and jumped for fun.. He showed that he is on the way back after a very lack lustre run at Cheltenham.

I also saw all the Goffs Coral Gold Cup Sale horses.. some very interesting lots.. If interested please ring me!

I was so pleased that Jeremey Scott’s good horse Dashel Drasher held on.. It was tight as Paisley Park was all for catching him.

Dashel Dasher is so brave and deserves all his mighty wins.. At 10 years old he really has been a complete star for Jeremy and his owners… Sadly his glory might have missed the plaudits on TV.. Too interested in the second!

Newbury might be a great racecourse, but it is certainly not when leaving to go home after the last. It was the worst journey I can recall, even worse that any day at the Cheltenham Festival. It took over an hour and half to get out of Newbury .. Town included..

With this cold weather all work this morning for the horses was cancelled.. I will not work horses in minus degree conditions.. Canter yes, but not work.. The cold burns the lungs..

We hosted Amanda Fisher, Kate Clifford, Sue Baldwin and Gaynor O'Neill for a morning on the gallops and breakfast as bought at a MDA charity Golf day..

Ernie Gaskin and Sid Nunns were here to see their KBRS horse Mikhailovich.

Derek and Sian Eaton were here to see their KBRS horse Campaign Trail.

Calum Carter and Vanessa Jones were here to see their KBRS horse Isle Of Gold..

We have no runners over the weekend.. I hope there is some racing to watch.. The weather could ruin those thoughts and plans.. Newbury goes ahead...

It was December 1st yesterday and yes our first Christmas Card arrived.. Thanks Steve and Chris Adams..

To finish.. A seasonal joke that I am sure you have heard before..

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious, and laced with profanity.

John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music, and anything else he could think of to "clean up" the bird's vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up, and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot, and the parrot got angrier and even ruder. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird, and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes, the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed.

Then suddenly, there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer.

The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said, "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions, and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behaviour."

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behaviour, when the bird continued, "May I ask what the turkey did?''

Have a great weekend and I hope the weather does not ruin your plans.. Life will be back to normal next week, all being well.