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12th February 2019

Minus 2 and dry when driving in.

Well its over.. The BHA announces that racing starts again tomorrow.. What a bloody relief as I was getting cabin fever!!

But this part of the announcement needs careful reading..The BHA has ordered that no entries or declarations will be accepted from horses that have not been vaccinated in the previous six months.

That annoyingly means that we cannot run any horse until Saturday..Reason.. I vaccinated all my horses last Saturday morning..The 7th day..

Yesterday afternoon I was asked to go on BBC 5 news and was interviewed by Huw Edwards outsides the gates of Cheltenham.

Yes you guessed it.. Talking about the flu and the possible resumption of racing, which by the time I was on air it looked odds on as the Irish had already made their decision to allow English runners over the water.

Huw Edwards kindly raise my profile by calling me Champion trainer…!

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday we were all walking around with long faces and today there is a smile on faces and a spring in the step of all my staff.. They too don’t like not racing.

So it is back to work as normal this morning. To be realistic there has been no difference as we have not really been in that new phrase "lock down".. self imposed yes, but now we are open again.,. good news, although I am sorry to those who I have asked not to come and see their horses this morning.. hopefully they can rearrange.

Graham Potts our vet was in this morning.. He has had a busy few days.. he must be feeling swabbed out!

No movers or shakers in the weekly BHA handicap charts..

Randox Health Grand National weights lunch in Liverpool.. I am not going as for the first time in many years we don’t have an entry.

Sorry to see that Mary Curtis has died.. I knew her well when I was working for Fred Rimell..She owned many good horses with Fred and then Mercy including Gaye Chance..

John Disney sent this one over although it was Irish rather than blonde when he sent it..

A blonde gets a job painting lines on the highway.....

A blonde gets a job painting lines on the highway. At the end of the first day, her supervisor is impressed. "Wow!" he says. "You did eight miles today! That's amazing!"

The second day, the blonde's production is down to four miles. "Still pretty darn good," the supervisor says.

On the third day, the blonde only does two miles. The supervisor calls her into the office. "What's going on?" he asks. "The first day you did great with eight miles, then yesterday you were down to four, and today you only managed two. What's the problem?"

The blonde rolls her eyes and says "Duh! The paint bucket keeps getting farther away!"

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