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12th June 2018

Plus 9 and dry when waking in my hotel outside Dublin. 

Worcester Racecourse has been getting a fair amount of stick recently and yesterday most of the top brass from ARC were there to be seen.. Plenty of chat about improvements.. We will see..

There was one popular improvement yesterday and that was an ice bath for the jockeys ..a welcome relief from their changing room which was hotter than any suana.

I might have been caught out when asked by the Racing Post reporter Andrew King why I was looking so smart (wearing a tie)..I jokingly replied that you must not let ones standards slip, even when at Worcester..

What did slip was Robin The Raven's jumping.. he was getting too close to the fences and paid the price by falling.. an easy one thankfully and one he is fine from..

We were hoping that Milord would end his career on a better note, but it was not to be.. He will now have a new home outside racing..

Milord has had an interesting career starting in Germany as a 2 year old and even running in their Derby. A 4th at the Cheltenham Festival was probably his highlight, although winning was probably better.. Anyway he leaves racing having done us proud and sound to start his new career..

As you know I am at The Goffs Land Rover Sale all day today and possibly tomorrow.Buying for the future...

A vet was in the yard this morning as usual for a Tuesday.

This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts were By The Boardwalk down 1 to 110 and Sunblazer down 2 to 85 on the flat

The old ones are always the best

Sunday Morning Sex

Upon hearing that her elderly grandfather had just passed away, Katie went straight to her grandparent's house to visit her 95 year-old grandmother and comfort her.

When she asked how her grandfather had died, her grandmother replied, "He had a heart attack while we were making love on Sunday morning."

Horrified, Katie told her grandmother that 2 people nearly 100 years old having sex would surely be asking for trouble.

"Oh no, my dear," replied granny. "Many years ago, realizing our advanced age, we figured out the best time to do it was when the church bells would start to ring. It was just the right rhythm. Nice and slow and even. Nothing too strenuous, simply in on the Ding and out on the Dong."

She paused to wipe away a tear, and continued, "He'd still be alive if the ice cream truck hadn't come along."

To finish.. Marcus Armytage wrote this in todays Daily Telegraph