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5th February 2016

Plus 9 and dry when driving in.

Richie McLernon, Tom Bellamy, Tom Clarkson and Henry Morshead were in to ride out

John and Penny Perriss were over third lot to see their horses canter. By The Boardwalk, Dueling Banjos, The Drinkymester, Emily Gray, Widow On The Run and Sugar Loaf Sholto. Mollys A Diva is still here but she heads off to Shade Oak Stud shortly and goes to meet Telescope.

Willie Mullins trains 22 of the 78 entries in the Neptune Investment Management Novice Hurdle at this years Cheltenham Festival.. With that many entries I wonder if he forgot one or two? Only 37 entries from England. In fact all the novice hurdle entries at Cheltenham are down by almost 20%.. With entry costs of at least £130 plus further costs, 20% down on entries means less money in the Cheltenham kitty.

Did you know that there were 13,886 horses in training in this contry last year compared to 13,528 the year before? The BHA are pleased to see the numbers going up..It would be intersting to see the number of staff in comparison?

Tom and Bella Clarkson, James and Henrietta Cheatham, Clare and I met up for  supper in Kibousushi last night. Always a good port of call if you enjoy Japanese food.

Now that we are into a new month. We also have a new owner of the month. Julie Martin answers our questions..

Chris Munroe gives Sixteen Logical Reasons Why Some Men Have Dogs And Not Wives:

1. The later you are, the more Excited your dog is to see you.

2. Dogs don't notice if you call them By another dog's name.

3. Dogs like it if you leave lots Of things on the floor

4. Dogs' parents never visit.

5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across

6. You never have to wait for a dog;they're ready to go, instantly, 24 hours a day.

7. Dogs find you amusing when you're pissed.

8. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.

9. Dogs won't wake you up at night to ask: "If I died, would you get another dog?"

10. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and sell 'em.

11. When you drop a silent one, dogs don't run around frantically with room spray.

13. Dogs never tell you to stop scratching your balls. Instead, they sit pondering why you don't lick 'em.

14. Dogs will let you put a studded collar on, without calling you a pervert

15. If a dog smells another dog on you, it won't kick you in the crotch; it just finds it interesting.

And last but not least

16. If a dog runs off and leaves you, it won't take half your stuff.

To verify these statements: Lock your wife and your dog in the garage for an hour.

Then open the door, and observe who's happy to see you!

Nicky van Dijk sent this over.. Kilty Caul and her owners are waiting to go racing again..