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3rd January 2023

Plus 5 and raining when driving in.

The country gets back to work today so hopefully a few things that were meant to have been done pre Christmas might be soon.. Yard Drying Machines always seem to break down just before any bank holiday..….

Graham Potts our vet was in for his Tuesday visit.. We are gastro scoping a few.. Normal mid season look.

This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts are. I Spy A Diva down 1 to 120, Inflagrante down 1 to 101, Mot Pour Mot down 2 to 120, Percy Veering down 4 to 81, Samatian up 6 to 88, Starvoski down 2 tyo 97, Voyburg down 5 to 96, Pay The Pilot enters at 110 and Lets Go Amigo enters at 102.

On a personal note it was good to talk to Harry Bailey's In Laws to be.. Hunter and Carol Smith.. We have yet to meet..

My office takes on a new look as Maya Quist starts her new job as my PA..

She wrote..

''I am super excited to be starting 2023 in this new role, it feels a little strange joining a yard mid-season but a huge thank you must go to Maddie for making this transition a lot easier. Maddie has been an integral part of the Thorndale team over the last four years and it is evident I’ve got big boots to fill.

Horses have played a huge part of my life ever since I can remember; however, my love of racing came when I began riding out at a point-to-point yard aged 14. I vividly remember a £5 contribution jar in the tack room for anyone who fell off, I fell off so frequently in my first few months that my wages usually went straight back into the jar.

After graduating from University, I undertook my racing secretary course at the Northern Racing College, I was then employed at Ben Pauling's office for 18 months. My time at Ben’s incredibly fun and was my first introduction to working in a Racing office. I’ll miss it but look forward to this new chapter in my career.''

Admiral Sir George Parr..

To finish.. Happy birthday to Robert Bellamy.