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4th January 2022

Plus 4 and drizzling when driving in. A tad colder today

Well the Christmas period over for another year and it is back to work for many, well those who have not been struck down by the Omicron virus..

It was son Harry's last night with us. It has been immense fun having him and India around but they are now heading back to Sydney.

David Bass was in this morning to ride out before heading to Hereford.

Graham Potts our vet was in this morning to do a bit of work..

This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts were Balleticon down 4 to 117, Bobhopeornohope up 5 to 128, Equus Dreamer down 1 to 125, Getaweapon down 2 to 112, Hamilton Dici down 2 to 119, Inca Rose down 4 to 109 and Shanacoole Prince enters at 116.

Those of us who love our jump racing know only too well that our sport is more popular than the flat.. Yes of course we are biased but now it has been proved to be to case when it comes to the viewing figures on ITV.. Staggering difference.. Ed Chamberalin is thrilled.

This is a copy of part the article written by Lee Mottershead in yesterdays Racing Post..

It is not unreasonable to believe the numbers watching Champions Day would have been greater had ITV added in some of the afternoon's best jumps races from Ffos Las and Market Rasen.

The ITV evidence is reflected elsewhere. Like ITV, the Racing Post heavily promotes Flat racing, but there is still a noticeable difference between what we experience during the main Flat and jumps seasons.

Racing Post products tend to see a modest increase in engagement from October to February and then a massive spike across March and April. The Flat season not only has less base engagement, it also fails to generate any major engagement spikes. 

On that note we have one runner at Hereford.. I Spy A Diva heads there and for my thoughts please click here.

I wanted to send some sort of holiday greeting, but it is difficult in today's world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with my lawyer yesterday, and on advice I wish to say the following:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious, secular persuasions and or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2022, but not without due respect for the calendar of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great (not to imply that England is necessarily greater than any other country ) and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee .
By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms:
This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her, him or others and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.

The wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.
Best Regards (without prejudice)

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