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11th April 2017

Plus 2 and dry when driving in.

Dry seems to be the operative word this week as no rain is forecasted.

It is even dry in Ireland which means that Harry Topper will not be heading there this weekend for their Grand National on Monday. Knockanrawley on the other hand will be declared and is most unlikely to get through the ballot. The second time this season for him as he was balloted out of the Welsh equivalent.

Harry Topper's season looks likely to be over as I can't see any alternative races for him..

David Bass and Tom Bellamy were around this morning and we worked Abbreviate, Time For Another, Wanderin Star and Policy Breach

Graham Potts our vet was in for his Tuesday visit.

This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA weekly handicap charts are....By The Boardwalk down 2 to 123, Jimmy The Jetplane down 1 to 136, The Last Samuri down 2 to 159, Trojan Star down 1 to 104, Pulling Power up 2 to 114 while Jupiters Gift enters at 89.

Archie was pony racing at Ascot yesterday and I have to say over 100 children had a fabulous day.

Great that top racecourses like Ascot and Cheltenham open their doors to these children.

It is a huge thrill for these youngsters to be able to walk, ride and see such fabulous racecourses.

Clarissa Daly, wife of trainer Henry, is a big part of the organisation behind pony racing and its future has been assured by the support from so many families. It also does do good for racing as it get many non racing families to see another side of horse life.. Racing is not a bad form of employment nowadays..

We have no runners today

The Masters might have been won by Sergio Garcia.. are Ten Best Caddy Responses

Golfer: "I think I'm going to drown myself  in the lake."
Caddy:    "Think you can keep your head down that  long?"

Golfer:    "I'd move heaven and earth to break 100 on this  course."
Caddy:    "Try heaven, you've already moved most of the  earth."

Golfer:    "Do you think my game is improving?"
Caddy:    "Yes . . . . You miss the ball much closer  now."

Golfer:    "Do you think I can get there with a 5 iron?"
Caddy:    "Eventually."

Golfer:    "You've got to be the worst caddy in the world."
Caddy:    "I don't think so . . . .That would be too much of a coincidence."

Number  : 5
Golfer:    "Please stop checking your watch all the time. It's too much of a distraction."
Caddy:    "It's not a watch - it's a compass."

Golfer:    "How do you like my game?"
Caddy:    "It's very good - but personally, I prefer  golf."

Golfer:    "Do you think it's a sin to play on Sunday?
Caddy:    "The way you play, it's a sin on any day."

Golfer:    "This is the worst course I've ever played on."
Caddy:    "This isn't the golf course . . . . We left that an hour ago."

Golfer:    "That can't be my ball, it's too old."
Caddy:    "It's been a long time since we teed off,  sir."


Happy birthday to Tim Caven . Tim shares his birthday with his horse Younevercall.. Who will have more fun today I wonder?