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8th Januuary 2018

0 degrees and dry when driving in.

Well done to the Racing For Maggies team.. Their horse Another Venture was a good winner of the second race at Chepstow on Saturday.

Maggie’s Cancer homes or rather the one in Cheltenham benefit from every win with 20% of the prize money going to the charity.. Now Maggie’s have benefitted by just under 20K so far..

What a great way to raise much needed money and enjoy racing at the same time.. Well done Henry Kimbell for organising and running the partnership.

They had big turn out on Saturday to welcome their winner back. Mikey Hamill rode him well.

At Wincanton Rhaergar ran no sort of a race and finished tailed off.. a post race scope showed heavy mucus down his trachea which would explain..

He like me looked and felt a million dollars two days ago but unlike me he was unable to tell us that he was feeling poorly on race day..Yesterday I was bed ridden for half the day.

Mon Palois was virtually brought down at the first and his race was over before it started.. he still ran to finish 5th while good old Sunblazer was third .. Placed again at Kempton.. Yes he ran  his usual competitive race.

Supper on Saturday with Martyn and Sandra Steer-Fowler in Kibousushi.. Fun

Yesterday morning was spent trying to help Tom Lacey.. Tom's lorry broke down half way up Birdlip hill.. I was unable to help but he eventually got going and won two races at Larkhill.. where young Liam Carter had his first ride and finished 5th.. Well done Liam.. you have started..

Lunch yesterday.. a rare Sunday with no runners. Daughter Pandora and James were over to discuss their wedding and my sister and her Husband Pete were here to support. Archie to be an usher..I have to admit that when they left I went to bed!

The Ashes is over.. dismal. Root taken ill.. Enough said. The fact that I don't subscribe to BT Sports meant that I have not watched a ball bowled or a wicket fall..

We have two runners at Hereford, if it passes its 9am inspection. You would not be able to race here.

Mikey Hamill rides both Alfies Choice and Carqalin and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

I am going to plug Cockelbarrow Races.. Put the date in your diary January 28.. Fun day out..

Monday morning and John Cootes thinks I need cheering up..

Why did I get divorced?

Well, last week was my birthday and My wife failed to wish me a happy birthday. 

To add to my misery my parents forgot, so did my kids.

When I arrived at work even my colleagues didn't wish me a happy birthday.

Then, as I entered my office, my secretary says;  "Happy birthday, boss!"

I felt so special...

Then she asked me out for lunch and after lunch, she invited me back to her apartment.

Of course I didn't think my day could get any better when she says; "Do you mind if I go into the bedroom for a minute?"

"Okay," I'm thinking, "hey ho"

5 minutes later she comes  out of the bedroom, with a birthday cake, my wife, my parents, my kids, my friends, & my colleagues all yelling, "SURPRISE, SURPRISE!!!"

while I was waiting on the sofa... naked.

It is cold and miserable outside.. so it is important to laugh..

Click here to have a laugh..