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4th November 2017

Plus 11 and raining when driving in.

Good old Sunny.. Sunblazer or as the Racing Posts David Milnes called him 'Sundowner' won at Newmarket yesterday giving me my first winner on the old Rowley mile course.. I have had winners on the July course.

Sadly Joshua Bryan who was due to ride him had a horrid fall at Chelmsford the night before and broke his nose and wrist so we replaced him with ex jump jockey and ex champion flat jockey Jim Crowley. Our Jim did a good job and steered Sunny to victory.To watch Sunblazers race click here.

Sunny has to have fast ground and all summer it has rained; but what odds would you have given about Newmarket being close to firm in November.. well it was and we won.. Well done to his adoring owner Norman Carter; Norman has had a great journey with his horse.

Alfies Choice ran well at Wetherby to finish second.. yes bloody annoying especially as he gave 19lbs to the winner.. Hats off to Nicky Richards for getting his horse On A Promise so well handicapped.. The name summed up his last four performances.

David Bass and Tom Bellamy were in this morning and after last nights rain we jumped the following.. Abbreviate, Another Venture, Ben Arthur, Biscuit, Cascaye, Champagne To Go, Charbel, Chateau Robin, Cracked Rear View, Cresswell Legend, Dandy Dan, Diva Reconce, Johnny Ocean, Laval Noir, Little Chunk, Our Belle Amie, Rhaegar, Rocky’s Treasure, Silver Kayf, Station Master, The Last Samuri and Wanderin Star.

This morning we had visitors for a morning on the gallops and breakfast.. Lee and Arron Jacobs, David May, Peter and Maria Lesley, Richard Meadowcroft, George Spragg and Ron Hill.. All booked through CD Tours.

Third lot John and Veronica Full were here to see their KBRP horses Blazon, Involve and Chateau Robin and their Racing For Maggies horses Another Venture and Biscuit.

Cotswold Film Company Were here filming all morning.. in the rain!

We don’t have any runners today although we do have two tomorrow at Huntingdon. El Presente and Billy Elliott and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Cracking racing all over the world today. Breeders Cup USA (Aiden O’Brien won his 27th group one last night) Down Royal and Wetherby.. Ascot supports the jumps too.

Richard Osgood steps down as Clerk Of The Course at Newbury after 18 years and George Baker hangs up his boots..  George's interview with Alastair Down needs reading

Shop lifter..

A very cranky old woman was arrested for shoplifting at a her local Aldi store.

She gave everyone a hard time, from the store manager to the security guard to the arresting constable that took her away.

She complained and criticised everything and everyone throughout the process.

When she appeared before the Magistrate, she was asked what she had stolen from the store.

The lady defiantly replied, "Just a stupid can of sliced peaches."

The Magistrate then asked why she had done it.

She replied, "I was hungry and forgot to bring any cash to the store."

The Magistrate asked how many slices were in the can.

She replied in a nasty tone, "Twelve! But why do you care about that?"

The Magistrate answered patiently, "Well, madam, because I'm going to give you twelve days in jail -- one day for each slice."

As the Magistrate was about to drop his gavel, the lady's long-suffering husband raised his hand slowly and asked if he might speak.

The Magistrate said, "Yes sir, what do you have to add?"

The husband said meekly, "Your Honour, she also stole a can of peas.

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday.

Thoughts to the Vestey's.. A year since Mark died..