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November 5th 2019
Plus 8 and dry when driving in.
Driving to Hereford the countryside was flooded.
Worcester my old favourite racecourse was where it should be ..under water, and parts of Tewkesbury struggling too.
The fields only a couple of miles out of Hereford were under water but that did not stop David Bass and I from walking the course to see if the ground was soft enough for Sea Story to run. It was just good ground..
Yes as usual Hereford Racecourse seems to have lived up to its reputation of being in a micro climate bubble as they had not had the rain that the rest of the country had had.
Sea Story ran well to finish 3rd which was an improvement on what she did last season. She ran to the line rather than petered out. This augurs well for her and her owners.
The Melbourne Cup was as dramatic as ever. A local winner will keep the Aussie’s happy but you have to say it was as usual a rough race and Charlie Fellows horses Prince Of Arran finished second..
We will probably hear more about the Melbourne Cup as it looks like Hughie Morrison and his team are rightly going to take matters further over Marmelo's disallowed run.
We worked Newtide and Mr Grey Sky first thing this morning and jumped Red River and Bandon Roc.
This weeks movers and shakes in the BHA handicap charts were Diamond Gait down 5 to 126, Mon Palois down 2 over fences to 120 and down 3 over hurdles to 117, Thibault down 1 to 113 while Wandrin Star went up 5 to 140 and finally Vinndicaton went up 9 to 160.
Graham Potts our vet was here having just returned form watching the World Cup final in Japan.
We have three runners today at Exeter. Charbel, Commodore Barry and Those Tiger Feet and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.
Here are 5 shockingly awful Fireworks night jokes for you.
1. What do you call a duck who likes watching fireworks?
2. What do you get when you cross a dinosaur with fireworks?
3. How many safety inspectors does it take to light the bonfire?
One to light the match and three to hold the fire extinguisher
4. A policeman arrested two people on Bonfire Night - one for drinking battery acid, the other for eating fireworks
He charged one and let the other one off
5. What was Guy Fawkes’ favourite meal?
Bangers and mash