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3rd December 2020

Plus 4 and raining when driving in.

A very dark and damp start to the day..

So good to see some crowds back on racecourses again.. exciting..The feedback was great to read..

It felt a bit more like a more normal days racing at Ludlow. There was an atmosphere of sorts..

Good to see The Real Partnerships owners Martyn and Sandra Steer Fowler, John and Veronica Full and Anita Dymond racing..

Sadly, although being their trainer, I was not allowed to mix with them so remained on the other side of the barrier..Frustrating, especially when things don't go according to plan..A consolation drink would not have gone amiss!


I was not a happy chappy when leaving Ludlow yesterday. Miss Gemstome ran around the racecourse loose after her jockey parted company with her and then 20 minutes later Espoir De Romay finished second.

The first was blatantly annoying while the second was just a case that we were beaten by a better horse on the day.

At Haydock John Webber and Richard Sheppard were there to support their horse.

So bad tempered was I when I made it back to Thorndale that rather than take it out on the dogs or cats, although I don’t have the latter.. I decided on another course of action..which was remedied by taking Mrs B out to supper.. Prithvi had a cancelation.. Lucky.. so the day ended on a happier note!

Was it the fact that we had not been out to supper for so long? But last nights food was spectacular.

On the next door table sat Ian and Ros Smith who were celebrating their wedding anniversary.. Regular blog readers although they complained about the uselessness of our gallop camera.. For which I can only apologise for..

In the news.. Cheltenham racacourse have lost their Gold Cup sponsor..Magners.

Claydon were here most of the day putting down a new rubber walk in my horsewalker.. we have worn the last one out.

We have four runners today. Mr Grey Sky and Aliandy head to Leicester with Mat and Starvoski and Hes No Trouble head to Wincanton where I am.. For my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Remember when you left your milk bottles out..

No milk. Please do not leave milk at No. 14 either as he is dead until further notice.

Milkman, please close the gate behind you because the birds keep pecking the tops off the milk.

Dear milkman: I’ve just had a baby, please leave another one.

When you leave my milk please knock on my bedroom window and wake me because I want you to give me a hand to turn the mattress.

Please leave an extra pint of paralysed milk.

Please send me a form for cheap milk, for I have a baby two months old and did not know about it until a neighbour told me.

Please send me details about cheap milk as I am stagnant.

Will you tell your horse not to poo outside my house. It’s better at number 17, he puts it on his strawberries.

Today non virus video nasty..