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12th March 2020

Plus 4 and dry when driving in. More unwelcome rain overnight.

Rhosneigr won well yesterday at Huntingdon.

Julie and David Martin’s horse who has had major back surgery jumped well and always looked like he was going to win.

Rhosneigr was a fairly decent horse on the flat winning three times when trained by Charlie Hills; he has taken to his new career well. He will be kept going for a while .. well if racing continues..

Inca Rose showed unbelievable greenness in the bumper but ran well to finish second.

This big immature horse has taken an age to come together and his owners patience looks like being rewarded.

Homebred by Nicholas and Cherry Jones IR is so like all his family.. His grand dam Rose Ravine won the stayers hurdle today in 1985.

Sadly Prince Llywelyn, Drumreagh and What A Baloo ran disappointingly..

PL’s owner Peter Bennet-Jones was at Cheltenham yesterday celebrating his birthday with family. I caught up with him for a consolation drink..

The crowds at Cheltenham have been down and many of the tented area boxes looked empty yesterday.. it was easy to move about, but sadly the country is worried and racing is one that will in time be affected.

There was though some cracking racing and Nicky Henderson continued to show the racing world why he is the best Cheltenham Festival trainer with another couple of winners yesterday.. The Champ came from miles back to snatch victory..

Thursday morning and Stan Sheppard was in to canter and jump his Martin Pipe ride Happygolucky.

Paul and Elizabeth Kellar were here third lot to see her horse Mon Palois, while Cilla Wills was here to see her KBRP horse Voyburg.

Warren Bolton called to see his KBRP horses Balleticon and Donnie Brasco

We don’t have any runners today at Cheltenham.. Another Venture was first reserve for todays Kim Muir but under the current stupid rule if there are no non runners declared by 1pm the day before he does not get in.. There is a non runner now, but too late.. this rule needs changing to the day of the race ..

Doctor Haze is our only runner at Doncaster and for my thoughts on his chances please click here.

These are mine and Mat's pooled thoughts..It will be hard today to pick winners but we did point out three winners yesterday!

Mister Fisher, Welsh Saint, Min, Paisley Park, Simply The Betts, Colreevy and Le Breuil.

John Disney sent this over, although I have posted it before


No English dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference between these two words - "Complete" or "Finished".

In a recent linguistic competition held in London and attended by, supposedly, the best in the world, Samdar Balgobin, a Guyanese man, was the clear winner with a standing ovation which lasted over 5 minutes.

The final question was: 'How do you explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that is easy to understand? Some people say there is no difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED.'

Here is his astute answer:

"When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE. When you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED. And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are: COMPLETELY FINISHED!

He won a trip around the world and a case of 25 year old Scotch!