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19th July 2016

Plus 14 and dry when driving in.

A heatwave.. well one day of above 30 degrees.. the country in meltdown and now how to cope.. we will.

First lot pulling out at 6 am.

20 horses in a string doing road work and rather than fight the roads with those commuters heading to Cheltenham and their work, we are pulling out early so that we can avoid rush hour..

I am sure the villagers of Withington enjoy hearing clattering hooves out side their bedroom windows so early.. A good country noise?

Mat Nicholls back in the saddle after a few months of walking up the gallops. A time of the year he enjoys?

Jockey Tom Bellamy in for a couple of lots..

A weekend away and a winner.. always good news.

What was not was good news to read was that one of my favourite National Hunt Stallions Midnight Legend had died.

Midnight Legend was a legend in his own life time when it came to being a very brilliant Britain based sire.

I along with many loved and still love training his offspring.. They were/are tough and genuine and perhaps naughty or quirky at times. Midnight Legend was a good racehorse trained by David Nicholson and owned by Sir Stanley Clarke.

Tuesday and this is the day of the week when the handicapper reassess our horses and this weeks movers and shakers are..

Ballyknock Lad went up 6 over hurdles to 124 and 3 over fences for not running over fences to 124 so that his mark match over hurdles and fences. Such A Legend down 2 to 123

Graham Potts our vet is in for his weekly visit. All the horses who have come back in from the fields will have the fluvac injection and then their will be blood will be taken, tested and checked through. Mia White, our physio, will check every horses back and then she will be able to maintain during the season.

I am heading to Chaddleworth this afternoon to attend the funeral of Marigold Coke. A great lady who lived long. A life to celebrate.

This heatwave makes me recall..

Flooding in Ireland

If this doesn't tug at your heart strings nothing will.

We've all seen the faces of those ravaged by the floods of Sri Lanka, New Orleans, and Iowa ....

This 'award-winning' photograph of the recent flood waters rising in Ireland captures the horror and suffering there.

The press never seems to print these photos in our newspapers.

Keep these people in your thoughts and prayers.