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11th October 2021

Plus 6 and dry when driving in.. It looks like another dry week ahead.

What a stunning day it was yesterday. BBQ and lunch outside.

Tyson Fury.. What a match.. By the end it was like watching the final fulongs of a 4 miles chase on very heavy ground.

Andy Murray through to the next round even when serving underarm!

Lewis Hamilton not a happy chappy..

Monday morning and .. your thought I was going to say fresh horses?

David Bass was in for one lot.. we jumped I Spy A Diva and Shinobi

Marion Hudson was here third lot to see her two KBRS horses Espoir De Romay and Younevercall..

Racing has an ability to bind people and on that note I would like to say that Vince Burmingham has probably had a fairly difficult 18 months with his Residential Care Home Hendra House.

Vince made it to see his KBRS horse Does He Know win at Chepstow on Friday.. His first days racing for well over 18 months and almost his first day out in public…

As a trainer I probably have a fair idea how much a winner means, but I don’t think any of us really know how many people a winner and a horse's career takes with them.. So it was with that in mind that I am going to let you read what one of Vince's staff wrote.. an Ode..

But before you read it just remind yourself what Vince wrote a guest blogger on May 14 last year.. read it again.. I had so many positive comments after

Odd Ode - The Good Ship Hendra

Like every other care home, we’d faced choppy seas before

But with the risk of Corona Virus we could all be washed up on the shore

What with ever changing forecasts, of what we could expect

After 18 years of sailing, we could all end up as wrecks.


So, we summoned up the crew, and took them to one side

They said don’t worry Captain we are ready for the ride.

Our precious cargo were our residents, those of the human sort

We knew we had to protect them and sail safely back home to port.


Without our personal protective equipment, we knew we all could die

But thanks to forward planning we had a good supply.

Our Captain AKA Care Manager was of the highest class

Like every other care home, we prayed the storm would pass.


We then received the strongest message, it came back from the crew

Ships Officers do not worry, we know what we can do.

Call HMS Furlough aside, and take some crew away

The rest of the good ship Hendra have all decided to stay.


Away from all their loved ones with very little rest.

Beyond the call of duty, we knew we had the best.

Everyone helped each other and developed brand new skills

From cooking, laundry and cleaning but not administering pills.


The Captain’s family lost a loved one, but she still decided to stay

Hugs and tears with family, can wait for another day.

Our cargo is so precious, that’s why we do the job we do

And that’s why the good ship Hendra, is a very special crew.


We exchanged our comfy billets we left upon the shore

And all dossed down like sailors do, with a mattress on the floor.

51 long days passed without rest, not even for a day.

“That’s what we signed up for” because that’s the Hendra way.


Captain monitored our wellbeing, as we became a little weary

Individual emotions were also stretched, and at times a little teary.

One by one we went ashore, replaced from Furloughs crew

Each one just as committed, and we all knew what to do.


Family members from afar, worried about the cargo on our ship

And even wished sometimes that they could have joined us on this trip.

This battle is not over yet, and yes there’s been a cost

But the good ship Hendra still sails the sea’s, without one life being lost.


There are so many similar ships spread throughout the land

As social carers of this great nation, together we took the stand.

Politicians called us unskilled, again we knew they lied

Without our passion and dedication, so many more would have died.


Hopefully when we finally reach land, the virus will have gone

And every one of us will accept, reflect, and simply just move on.

We do not do this for money, but recognition would be fair

We gave our hearts and so much more, just because we care.