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12th January 2017

Plus 4 and dry when driving in. The weather forecast suggests it will not be later.. wet wet wet.. rain or snow?

Diva Reconce and Billy Elliott had an away day this morning. I like to take youngsters away to Lambourn when they are ready. It gets them into the horsebox and see a different gallop, different views and surroundings. All part of growing up. In Ireland you can use racecourses for schooling and working..

James Stevens, who is a freelance journalist and also a student at the University of Gloucestershire was here second lot to interview me about our Aintree hope The Last Samurai and what happens between now and Aintree..

Archie headed back to school late morning and last night we had a quiet family supper in Kibousushi to finish the Christmas holidays.. Archie’s choice of restaurant... His favourite..

Kevin and Dermot Clancy in good form yesterday.. Their new horse has passed the vet....

Another Cheltenham Gold Cup winner out of this years renewal. Don Cossack, last years winner has been retired. Conneygree was declared a non runner only two days ago so that means the last two winners have failed to make it back.. sad for the race. Thistlecrack will be odds on if this continues..

Future Gold Cup winners could be on show at the Cocklebarrow Races on Sunday January 22nd....Plan you day and come to one of the best local and probably the most popular local Point to Point meetings .. Cocklebarrow Races...Rather a disappointing  web site?  They are also on Twitter And Facebook

We have no runners today.

The story below has nothing to do with me....

The boss walked into the office one morning not knowing his zipper was down and his fly area wide open. 

His PA walked up to him and said, 'This morning when you left your house, did you close your garage door?'

The boss told her he knew he'd closed the garage door, and walked into his office, puzzled by the question.

As he finished his paperwork, he suddenly noticed his fly was open, and zipped it up. He then understood his assistant's question about his 'garage door'.

He headed out for a cup of coffee and paused by her desk to ask, 'When my garage door was open, did you see my Jaguar parked in there?'

She smiled and said, 'No, I didn't.  All I saw was an old minivan with two flat tires...