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10th January 2023

Plus 6 and raining when driving in..It looks like a wet day ahead.

Frustrating day at Taunton.. all three horses ran well but..

Faerie Cutlass finished 6th and frankly we were delighted with that. A sound introduction to her hurdling career..FC is not the biggest and very much learning on the job.

Parc d’Amour.. What a great run, but again frustrating as he was beaten just over half a length, giving the best part of a stone to one of Paul Nicholls best young horses.. Held up to try and settle him after being too free last time, this was a really good run.. He is a big baby and time will be the making of this horse.. Patience?

Post note on Parc.. It was one of his owners Alan James’s birthday yesterday..

Sayadam ran his usual tough honest race. David crept round the outside to try and find better ground.. he looked beaten on the far side, but he battled and was only a length down passing the winning post into third..Sayadam was up 4lbs for his very narrow win at Fontwell and this was a far better race.. I was happy, although of course I, and I am sure his owners would have preferred to have won!

Good to see the horses running well and one of the highlights of the day was seeing Jeremy Scott head to the ladies loo by mistake.. I think I stopped him before it was too late?

Tuesday morning .. A vet visit and this weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts were.. Chianti Classico up 2 to 133, Samatian down 1 to 87. Grave La Klass enters at 100 while Top Target enters at 123... interestingly the horse that beat TT has entered at 120.

We have a busy day today as we have 5 runners at 2 meetings

Design Icon and Magical Escape head to Doncaster while Mikhailovich, Equus Dreamer and Heroes De Romay head to Exeter.. For my thoughts on their chances please click here..

Don't ever think jockeys were soft.. Kai Lenihan is back riding today on Design Icon after a horrific fall at Taunton when he broke 3 ribs and punctured a lung on December 21st..

Not PC for todays world?