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10th October 2017

Plus 14 and dry when driving in. Mild and dry..

Although David Bass was not around this morning we still worked Cascaye and Our Belle Amie.

Book 2 of the Tattersalls yearling sales started yesterday and again prices were higher than last year.

Yes racing is in rude health judging by who is spending and how much is being spent.

Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation is certainly spending again and you only have to read Alastair Downs article in todays Racing Post to appreciate how extraordinary these sales are nowadays.. and by that I don’t just mean yearling sales..

Alastair ends his article writing about Newmarket by moving his thoughts on to his great love of jumping and compares....’In The Testicular desert of jump racing the cost/value ratio of an unproven 3 year old has risen to the level where many bidders risk a visit to their local straight jacket supplier’.. and again.. ‘But overall the tub-thumpingly spectacular wellbeing of the bloodstock market is something for which we should be grateful while remaining entirely baffled’.

On that happy note life in a mundane jump yard continues.

Graham Potts our vet was in for his Tuesday visit, while this weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts are...Champion Chase down 3 to 96, Milord down 1 to 120, Ben Arthur down 5 to 100 and Knockanrawley down 1 to 132.. Yes a downward week..some more deserving than others?

A farmer needs to take a fox, a chicken, and a sack of grain across a river.

The only way across the river is by a small boat, which can only hold the farmer and one of the three items.

Left unsupervised, the chicken will eat the grain, and the fox will eat the chicken. However, the fox won't try to eat the grain, and neither the fox nor the chicken will wander off.

How does the farmer get everything across the river?

Explanation: The farmer must follow these steps.
1. Take the chicken across the river.
2. Come back with an empty boat.
3. Take the grain across the river.
4. Bring the chicken back.
5. Take the fox across the river.
6. Come back with an empty boat.
7. Take the chicken across the river.

Happy birthdays to trainers Mark Johnson and Michael Bell.. Martin Jones who breaks my horses in for me and Leigh Pollard my travelling head girl..