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11th November 2015

Plus 12 and dry when driving in. Warm..

What a day yesterday and it was so nearly a super day.

Flemensmix won well for The Perfect Mix Partnership headed by Michael Kaye and Duncan Williams.

Sunblazer won on the flat at Wolverhampton last night giving owner of the month Norman Carter his first ever winner in his own name and in colours that had not been in the winners enclosure for over 100 years..

The down side of the racing day was when Younevercall fell at the last at Huntingdon with the race at his mercy. A double but could so easily have been a treble..

Younevercall was annoying as he was travelling well but he was becoming bolder and longer with his jumping; sadly he will be handicapped as the winner with no prize money attached..

Flemensmix had to overcome a 622 days since he last saw a racecourse; now we have to see how his fragile legs stand up to it. A big thank you to the members of The Perfect Mix Partnership of Duncan Williams, Michael Kay, Brendon Doyle, Mike Edwards, Keith Moulder, Brian Murphy, Dave Sheridan and John Wilkson for being so patient.

Well Sunblazer what can you say.. what a lovely surprise, although on form he did have every chance.. Willie Twiston Davies riding him to win meant that all the male T-Ds have now ridden me winner.. Father Nigel and brother Sam.

I arrived back in the office on a high but then I had to make a phone call that trainers hate.

Jockeys Richie McLernon, David Bass and Martin McIntrye were in for a couple of lots this morning. We jumped Allez Encore, Twelve Roses, Un Ace, Ballyknock Lad, Same Ole Trix, Boolavard King, Knockanrawley, Mr Puck, Red Spinner, Darna, Charbel, Mr Beatle, Ascotdeux Nellerie, Battle Dust, Crazy Jack, Nam Hai and Forgotten Hero. You can view a video of some of the horses schooling here.

We have no runners today..

I was pleased to see that Huntingdon now sell big wine bottles in their Champagne and seafood bar.. A step in the right direction. The Directors gave me lunch which was kind, especially as I was there so early as I drove the horses. Thank you Dan.

More shop signs..

At the Electric Company "We would be delighted if you send in your payment. However, if you don't, you will be."

In a Restaurant window: "Don't stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up''

In the front yard of a Funeral Home: "Drive carefully. We'll wait."

At a Propane Filling Station: "Thank heaven for little grills."

And don't forget the sign at a CHICAGO RADIATOR SHOP: "Best place in town to take a leak."

Sign on the back of another Septic Tank Truck: "Caution - This Truck is full of Political Promises"