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10th January 2017

Plus 6 and dry when driving in.

I have to say looking at the weather in parts of Europe only worries me…That looks bloody cold.

Knockanrawley and Un Ace worked this morning. David Bass and Tom Bellamy helped out.

Mary Dulverton and her mother Bridget Houldsworth were here third lot to see Mary's horse Call Claude. A belated birthday present for her horse?

Great sadness as Coneygree, the one horse probably capable of rustling up the front running Thistlecrack’s feathers has a problem so will not be entered in this year Cheltenham Gold Cup. Coneygree was the last novice chaser to win that celebrated trophy.

This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA Handicap charts are......Jimmy The Jetplane comes down 2 to 137, Trojan Star down 1 to 107, Grand March enters with a hurdle mark of 97, Knockanrawley enters over fences at 136 and finally Ben Arthur has been given a rather high rating of 99 over hurdles..

Graham Potts our vet was in as usual. Less for him to do today.

Plenty of comments about one of yesterday pictures including this one......You should remove your new screensaver with immediate effect, otherwise it will cause your screen to tilt severely to the left and it is worse than any virus...

Ben Hanbury.. The retired Newmarket trainer.. Not seen him for a while and enjoyed spending time with him yesterday.. An ever youthful chap..

We have no runners today.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 glasses of wine theory...
A professor stood before his philosophy class with some items on his desk in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full.. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.

He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "YES."

The professor then produced two glasses of wine from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things; your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions; things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.. The sand is everything else; the small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first", he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the good things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18 holes. Do one more run down the ski slope.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first; the things that really matter...Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the wine represented.

The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked.  It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of glasses of wine with a friend."

How true...