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10th August 2016

Plus 10 and dry when driving in.

Sadly the accident that closed all the local roads yesterday was a fatal one..

I was ‘forced’ into Cheltenham yesterday afternoon to collect the (yet again) repaired yard lawnmower ... the lawn needed cutting in time for important visiting owners.

My visit to Cheltenham also gave me time to visit Ian Dimmer of Martins to have a new watch strap fitted.. Ian, who does so much for the Well Child , was as ever smiling behind his counter..

Yes important owners round for evening stables.

John and Penny Perriss were over last night to see all their horses during evening stables.

John and Penny saw every horse in the yard 'stood up' in their box and after we paraded all of their horses before retiring for a drink.. or two.. and then supper..Jason and Lauren Maguire joined us for the latter.

John, who had his best ever season last winter with 12 winners, owns By The Boadwalk, Champagne To Go, Dueling Banjos, Rocky's Treasure, Sugar Loaf Sholto and The Drinkymeister while Penny owns Queer Times and Milan Express..

We welcomed jockeys David Bass and Richie McLernon back from their holidays this morning.

David was his usual smiley self when riding out two lots.. He is currently 'band' for trying too hard on Net Work Rouge so he willl not be performing at Newton Abbot this afternoon.

Talking Net Work Rouge his owners John and Liz Wills were over to see him canter first lot and have a chat with David.. They were away when NWR ran recently, when second at Worcester.

We worked a few and jumped a few on the all weather.

Third lot or mid morning Mel Pyman and Sue Tagg were over to see their KBRP horses Our Belle Amie and Chateau Robin while Paul and Elizabeth Kellar were also over… Sadly Elizabeth lost her hugely promising horse On Account last week. A real tragedy.

Jump racing resumes today after its summer break and we have a runner in the bumper at Newton Abbot. I am sure NA will be packed; huge holiday crowds and the racecourse are celebrating 150 years of racing, so big celebrations.. I wonder if we will be celebrating with our runner, the well named Toulouse The Plot. For my thoughts please click here.

More medals in Rio for Team GB yesterday and Paul Carberry announced his retirement from race riding.. He was some jockey.

Lesson 3 in life..

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.

A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?'

The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.'

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested.

All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story...

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.