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7th January 2022

Plus 1 and damp when driving in.

Conditional jockey Jay Tidball was in this morning to ride out..

Ed Cookson was in for a walk up the gallops.. and Nicky Henderson self isolating..

That was a cold day.. Not great for the horses as it was 16 degrees last weekend and minus 4 yesterday..

It was interesting to read in the Racing Post what local hotels are going to be charging for those wishing to stay with them for the Cheltenham Festival.. Expensive..

If of interest I do have a selection of some very lovely houses to stay in, if planning a trip to this years Festival.. Both Bed and Breakfast and or 4-8 people staying in a house or lodge.. so if you would like some more information please let me know and I will ping over some examples of their accommodation..

We have a couple of runners today at Wetherby.. Starvoski and Imperial Hurricane head there and for my thoughts please click here.

The 4th Ashes test.. Waking up and all the news..We might just save the follow on...

New years resolutions…In case you want to exercise more in 2022, ponder this:

The inventor of the treadmill died at the age of 54.

The inventor of gymnastics died at the age of 57.

The world bodybuilding champion died at the age of 41.

The best footballer in the world, Maradona, died at the age of 60.

James Fuller Fixx, credited with helping start America's fitness revolution by popularising running, died of a heart attack while jogging at age 52.

 However ...

The Kentucky Fried Chicken inventor died at 94.

Cigarette maker Charles Winston died at the age of 102.

The inventor of opium died at the age of 116, not even of natural causes but in an earthquake.

And, the Hennessey whiskey creator died at 98.

How did smart people come to the conclusion that exercise prolongs life?

The rabbit is always jumping up and down, but it lives for only two years, and the turtle, that doesn't exercise at all, lives for 400 years.

Oh yes of course, Hugh Hefner died at 90 on the job ( or shortly thereafter)

So in 2022 chill, stay cool, eat, drink and enjoy your life!