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11th September 2018

Plus 16 and dry when driving in.

Talking driving .. It was a long way home from Perth last night and my did it rain for the first half of the journey. The roads down to Haydock were horrid as water lay and wind blew.. The second half of the journey was mired by roads works and stationary traffic.. Fun

Fun is what Perth is all about and although Chabel did not win yesterday he ran well and showed that he was happy after his fall at Cheltenham. A stutter going into the 4th last lost him about 7 lengths and on a tight track you can’t make that up;  he was staying on into third and we were happy that this was a step in the right direction for the season ahead.

Net Work Rouge would not let himself down on the ground and lost his action jumping the second last .. The good news is that both horses seem fine this morning.

Long way home for all and especially for Leigh driving the horsebox.. they made it back by 2.30 this morning with some consolation that she and Kate won best turned out prizes with both horses.

I watched the first hour of yesterdays absorbing Test match with my old mate Sam Morshead. Sam is not is the best of health but in great spirits.. Great to see him.

What an extraordinary match and Alastair Cook.. well, you could not write the script..To give you some idea how good a judge I am .. Mat could have taken 9/1 about Mr Cook being man of the match and I said … surely not!.. Must read the tea leaves  more often.

Graham Potts our vet was in this morning for his Tuesday visit.

Ben Arthur and Full Tilt return to the yard this evening after spending their pre training with Phil Rowley.

A guy goes into the confessional box after years being away from the Church.

He pulls aside the curtain, enters and sits himself down.

There's a fully equipped bar with crystal glasses, the best vestry wine, Guinness on tap, cigars and liqueur chocolates nearby, and on the wall a fine photographic display of buxom ladies who appear to have mislaid their garments.

He hears a priest come in: "Father, forgive me for it's been a very long time since I've been to confession and I must admit that the confessional box is much more inviting than it used to be."

The priest replies, "Get out, you idiot. You're on my side."

To finish.. Simon Keane bought a Kalanisi Gelding in Ireland and has sent it to Martin Jones to be broken in.. He has named the gelding CotteeMcAvenniGoal.. you need to read this to understand why..