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3rd November 2016

Minus 1 and dry when driving in. The first frost to be scrapped off my windscreen.

Racing Post headlines.. Dry Forecast spells Jumps disruption…True and it is certainly frustrating.

I have recently walked every racecourse that I have had runners on and although I might be becoming fitter it is not helping the worry beads.. that feeling of shall we… we shan’t we.. when in doubt pull out and yesterday we did just that at Chepstow on the bumper. Silver Eagle who we did run hung badly.. was it the ground that made him do that? He finished 4th.

There are no such ground worries when it comes to all weather racing and Sunblazer showed that he is no back number when running on his preferred all weather surface.

Sunblazer ran a brilliant race to finish 2nd at 14/1. More to come from him although it is not easy finding suitable races.

Both of yesterdays runners seem fine this morning.

Our Belle Amie and Thum Stone Blues had an away day this morning in Lambourn. An away day..

We have one runner today at Newbury. Patsys Castle runs with David Bass riding. For my thoughts on their chances please click here.

We have no home entries for this weekend.. The Last Samuri sets off to Down Royal this evening. He runs there on Saturday. Yes he is our only runner over the weekend.

Thanks to Fenella Tillier or was it Guy for this..

A jockey is about to enter an race on a new horse. The horse's trainer meets him before the race and says, "All you have to remember with this horse is that every time you approach a jump, you have to shout, 'ALLLLEEE OOOP!' really loudly in the horse's ear. Providing you do that, you'll be fine."

The jockey thinks the trainer is mad but promises to shout the command. The race begins and they approach the first hurdle. The jockey ignores the trainer's ridiculous advice and the horse crashes straight through the center of the jump.

They carry on and approach the second hurdle. The jockey, somewhat embarrassed, whispers "Aleeee ooop" in the horse's ear. The same thing happens - the horse crashes straight through the center of the jump.

At the third hurdle, the jockey thinks, "It's no good, I'll have to do it," and yells, "ALLLEEE OOOP!" really loudly. Sure enough, the horse sails over the jump with no problems. This continues for the rest of the race, but due to the earlier problems the horse only finishes third.

The trainer is fuming and asks the jockey what went wrong. The jockey replies, "Nothing is wrong with me - it's this bloody horse. What is he - deaf or something?"

The trainer replies, "Deaf? Deaf?! He's not deaf. He's blind!"