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12th January 2016

Plus 3 and dry when driving in.

Busy with jockeys here this morning..

Jason Maguire, Tom Bellamy, Irish conditional jockey Donagh Meyler and Henry Morshead

Henry who attends Cheltenham College should have been point to pointing up North during his school holidays but most of the courses and meetings were under water; now that he is based back down here he will regularly ride out.

Henry’s father Sam started life as an amateur jockey for Fred Rimell during the days when I was assistant and then TFFFN took over the amateur role from Sam when Sam turned professional. All three of us shared a house while we were based in Worcestershire.. Fun days..

We jumped Abbreviate, Charbel, Cracked Rear View, Mollys A Diva, Didntitellya, Sainte Ladylime and Younevercall. To watch a video of this mornings schooling please click here.

Not even in space could you have failed to hear that David Bowie had died.. What a superstar he was.. he must have been some celebrity as he was even being played continuously while I was in the dentist chair yesterday afternoon.. He will be much missed, but his music will last us out.

Ascot Racecourse have announced that they injecting an extra £1 Million into their Royal Ascot prize money making the meeting total worth £6,580,000.00 . Cheltenham Racecourse last week announced that they too were upping their prize money for the 4 day Festival to just over £4 million. Fantastic news all round.. that is if you have a good enough horse to try and win some of it..

I am not sure that many horses racing today at Ludlow will win a race at the Festival, bar perhaps Garde La Victoire in the 3.00, let alone run at the meeting, but for the owners of any of today winners, a winner will be what they are in the sport for.

Ludlow does the sport proud with its prize money levels but so many other racecourse just seen to take the piss out of us with such pitiful levels.. Shame on them.. What with ITV taking over the coverage of racing and top end prize money being boosted for the big meetings are we seeing the start of two tier racing?

Anyway we have one runner today at Ludlow and the good news is that if he finishes 3rd he will come home with £381 in his pocket, although according the forecasted betting he should finish 4th for £190.80... For my thoughts on Bandoc Roc’s chances please click here.

No vet in today as Graham Potts is the main vet at Ludlow. He will be here tomorrow.

This weeks movers and shakers ain the weekly handicap charts are...Un Ace down 2 to 142 over hurdles, Pulling Power enters at 116 and Same Ole Trix enters at 89.

During such a wet winter you need to look forward to summer and the smell of green cut grass and leather on willow..Click here to enjoy