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7th December 2023

Plus 6 and drizzling when driving in...4 mm of rain overnight..A wet day ahead.

So dark first lot!! We always pull out at 7.15.. every day of the year..

Does He Know and Tregele had an away day this morning.

A better result in last nights second ODI in the West Indies.. England won.  One all..

Todays meeting at Wincanton is off. Not looking good for Huntingdon on Sunday..

We have a runner at Market Rasen this morning.. Lady Gwen runs there and for my thoughts please click here.

I always enjoy reading Robin Oakley's articles in The Spectator and this months column is headed  'In praise of Harry Cobden'

Having praised Harry for his riding ability Robin went on to write about Ascot..

'It was disappointing for racegoers that only one of the seven races at Ascot produced the minimum field of eight required for each-way betting on three places, but there were plenty of thrilling finishes.

Topweight Boothill bravely made it three victories from three runs at Ascot in the Hurst Park Handicap Chase. In the UK Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, amateur Charlie Case, son of trainer Ben, conjured a great finish from Midnightreflection to chin Harry Fry’s Whitehotchilifilli on the line for only his third victory under Rules.

In the opening Novices’ Limited Handicap, trainer Kim Bailey’s Chianti Classico gave away lumps of weight on ground he loathed to score by a narrow margin. It was his trainer’s fifth win from his last six runners and a Bailey winner is always a good excuse to read his highly individual trainer’s blog.

Last week’s effort noted the absence of Mrs B on a girl’s trip to Vienna with the reflection: ‘Marriage is just a nice word for adopting a fully grown man who cannot take care of himself’ and recalled a coin-op laundry operation adjacent to a church with the advertisement: ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness.’

With all the protocol problems the task of being Ascot chairman and His Majesty’s Representative may not always leave time for sheer enjoyment of the racing so it was good that Chianti Classico’s part-owner was the equable Sir Francis Brooke, holder of those titles. Francis was so buzzing with the victory that he couldn’t remember, when I asked him, the names of his other two horses in training..'

One for you Robin..

God is talking to one of his angels and says, “Do you know what I have just done? I have just created a 24-hour period of alternating light and darkness on Earth. Isn’t that good?”

The angel says, “Yes, but what will you do now?”

God says, “I think I’ll call it a day.”

To finish Happy Birthday to staff member Milly Jeory..