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3rd January 2018

Plus 6 and dry when driving in.

Driving in this morning was a case of avoiding braches but not trees on the road as a result of Storm Eleanor .. which was not as bad here as expected.

Yesterday was spent in the car.. Most of my life seems to be that way.. Car journey to deepest Wales to look at three young horses.. To the coast near Tenby. Passing Carew Castle and Cresswell Quay which might give you a hint as to what I was looking at? Very wet down there..

David Bass was in this morning before heading to Ludlow.. yes he has one ride for us there out of our five runners.. more on that later.

The Racing Post always has a feature at this time of year on those who left us over the twelve months...

Easy to forget sadly as time moves on.. Brian Fletcher, Christopher Mordaunt, Charles Radclyffe, John Shortt, Jim Leigh, David Stoddart, Alan Swinbank, David Nicholls, John Sumner, Mercy Rimell, Geoff Wragg, Alan Potts, Glen Swire and more recently Peter Walwyn and Noel O’Brien.. so many and so many more on that page that our great sport racing now misses.. This is always a sad page to read but important that we remember them.

Tomorrow the Racing Post feature horses that died last year.. another sombre day..

Lets move on to brighter thoughts and todays runners at lovely Ludlow.. Kilfilum Cross, Little Chunk, Sainte Ladylime, Sea Story and Lady Of The Night.. For my thoughts on their chances please click here..

Thinking about all those who have left us reminded me of this ..

Jack, age 92, and Gill, age 89, are excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the Wedding, and on the way they pass a Chemist shop and Jack suggests they go in.

Jack addresses the Man behind the counter: "Are you the owner?"

The Pharmacist answers, "Yes."

Jack: "We're about to get Married. Do you sell Heart medication?"

Pharmacist: "Of course we do.”

Jack: "How about Medicine for circulation?"

Pharmacist: "All kinds"

Jack: "Medicine for Rheumatism?"

Pharmacist: "Definitely."

Jack: "How about Suppositories?"

Pharmacist: "Yes"

Jack: "Medicine for memory problems, Arthritis, and Alzheimer's?"

Pharmacist: "Yes, a large variety. The works."

Jack: "What about vitamins, sleeping pills, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?"

Pharmacist: "Absolutely."

Jack: "Everything for Heartburn and indigestion?"

Pharmacist: "We do...."

Jack: "You sell Wheelchairs and Walkers and Walking sticks?"

Pharmacist: "All speeds and sizes."

Jack: "Adult incontinence pants?"

Pharmacist: "Yes."

Jack: "Then we'd like to use this store for our Wedding presents list..."