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10th May 2017

Minus 1 and dry when driving in.

Yes minus 1 and a stunningly beautiful morning.. not sure wine growers, farmers or gardeners will have appreciated this mornings frost. Most unseasonal for May.. Did JC write that?

At last we have started our winners tally for the 2017/2018 jumps season. Mon Palois was impressive when winning at Fflos Las yesterday for his very happy owner Elizabeth Kellar.

I walked the course yesterday and found the description to be fair. There was a drying wind and bright sunshine and it was always going to dry up quickly during the afternoon.

Mon Palois won his Irish Point to Point on good to firm and won his bumper on soft so he was most likely to handle yesterdays ground. MP jumped well and was ably ridden by David Bass who gave him plenty of time to settle and learn his job..

I was delighted for Elizabeth Kellar as she deserved a change of luck with her horses and her Mon Palois looks a horse to follow as he will be better over 3 miles and will eventually jump fences.

Bought by Bloodstock agent Aiden Murphy after his points win he has now won two of his three races for us.

It was my first visit to Ffos Las for at least a year and John Rogers who is in charge of the winners entertainment area came rushing out of his Dunraven Windows Conservatory brandishing a half empty bottle of whiskey.. ''We still have your bottle from your last visit'' he said..

I am not one for Champagne and on my last visit it was wet and cold so I asked for a whiskey to celebrate my winner and the bottle has remained in their conservatory ever since.. you will be pleased to know we brushed off the cobwebs and  they will have to buy a new bottle for my next winter visit.

Yes Ffos Las is a long way to go but when you get there the locals are incredibly friendly and the course would make Newbury proud. It is a big level galloping racecourse and there are no excuses. David Bass loves riding there and yesterdays winner was our 5th since January from only 6 runners.. Knockanrawley was the one that did not win..

Moving on I did not run the bumper horse as it was heading towards good to firm by the last and Rhaergar is nearly 17 hands and wants proper winter ground.. ‘In doubt pull out.’

Mon Palois is fine this morning and will now head off for a summer break. To watch a replay of his win click here

Gary Tardi called in last night to see his horse Nicely Indeed.

David Bass was in this morning. Not a happy chappy.. His car was clamped yesterday and it cost him £200 to retrieve it.. Sharing a lift with Tom Bellamy (cheaper) he left his car in layby only to find it clamped on his return...

We jumped Abbreviate over fences and Billy Elliott and Robin The Raven over hurdles

No runners today and London tonight to see the racing members of the Turf Club who leased Pulling Power over the winter.. Time to discuss the future and last season. I am sure TNDGB will be is of course his second home until he moves closer to London.

In a convent in Ireland, the 99-year-old Mother Superior lay quietly.

She was dying. The Nuns had gathered around her bed, laying garlands around her and trying to make her last journey comfortable. They wanted to give her warm milk to drink but she declined. One of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen.
Then, remembering a bottle of Irish Whiskey that had been received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened it and poured a generous amount into the warm milk.

Back at Mother Superior's bed, they lifted her head gently and held the glass to her lips. The very frail Nun drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it, she had finished the whole glass down to the last drop.

As her eyes brightened, the nuns thought it would be a good opportunity to have one last talk with their spiritual leader.

"Mother," the nuns asked earnestly, "Please give us some of your wisdom before you leave us."

She raised herself up very slowly in the bed on one elbow, looked at them and said:


To finish..Happy birthday to Leslie Fields..Part owner and breeder of Bandon Roc