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2nd March 2016

Plus 2 and dry when driving in.

Supper last night with John and Penny Perriss and Jan and Inger Steinmann..old mates meeting up after many years.. Fun. No headaches … good wine!

Fresh this morning or at least the air is and it needed to be as we had many to work and a few to jump. A video of the horses working can be seen here and of some of the horses schooling here.

Jockeys David Bass and Richie McLernon were in for the morning.

Graham Potts our vet was in a day late for his weekly visit.

Two weeks today and 7 happy winning connections from the first day of the Cheltenham Festival will be waking .. who were they? Oh for a crystal ball!

One thing is for sure.. all the tipsters and all the hype/Cheltenham previews could well have been wrong..

Anyway on  to today or back to the future.

As mentioned we have two runners at Wincanton.. David Bass rides Sainte Ladylime and Dueling Banjos. For my thoughts on their respective chances pleased click here.

I shall be at Wincanton to see Victoria Pendleton ride in the 3.20.  I hope she wins.. and puts two fingers up to all those doubters and those who have made snide remarks.. Of course those two fingers will not, but whatever, she has been and is good for racing.

Yes there will be a media scrummage at Wincanton now that is certainly not normal. Not quite on a par with Donald Trump appearing at the races!! Spare the thought..

You have to be a bit mad, brave or fool hardy to try and learn to ride and win races all in one year.. but good for her for trying.

Ethel was a bit of a demon in her scooter and loved to charge around the nursing home, taking corners on one wheel and getting up to maximum speed on the long corridors.

Because the poor woman was one sandwich short of a picnic the other residents tolerated her and some of them actually joined in.

One day Ethel was speeding up one corridor when a door opened and Kooky Clarence stepped out with his arm outstretched.

'STOP!' he shouted in a firm voice. 'Have you got a licence for that thing?' Ethel fished around in her handbag and pulled out a Kit Kat wrapper and held it up to him.

'OK' he said and away Ethel sped down the hall.

As she took the corner near the TV lounge on one wheel, weird Harold popped out in front of her and shouted 'STOP! Have you proof of insurance?'

Ethel dug into her handbag, pulled out a drink coaster and held it up to him.

Harold nodded and said 'On your way, Ma'am.'

As Ethel neared the final corridor, Crazy Craig stepped out in front of her, Butt-Naked, and holding his 'You-Know-What' in his hand.

'Oh, good grief,' yelled Ethel 'Not that Damn Breathalyser Test again !!!