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12th June 2017

Plus 12 and dry when driving in.

Goodwood yesterday with Milord. A first runner there and one my owners and I enjoyed.

I arrived and immediately bumped into Ed and Kashy Hawkins.. they used to own the hugely popular chaser Drumstick with me many years ago.. Drummy who was looked after by Higgs won 19 races for them.

Then the second person I bumped into was TNDGB who was keen to welcome me to his home racecourse. I believe he was bred in Sussex but now lives in London or close too.. He was looking far less stressed than when I saw him .. His move from Manton has helped

Goodwood’s owner experience was excellent, not that you would expect anything different as it is a well run, friendly and beautiful racecourse.

Milord, like his hurdling career, is blighted by his handicap mark and yesterday was an experiment to see if the flat avenue was worth pursuing. Milord was given a rating of 82 which again showed that he is 10 pounds wrong. His future on the flat will depend on what the handicapper does to him next week after yesterdays first run for 4 years.. Milord who finished down the field looked to enjoy his day out as did we.

I had a long chat with son Harry yesterday morning. He has now been in Sydney a couple of weeks. As yet he has not met his boss Gai Waterhouse but his alarm goes off just after 2am and starts work at 2.45. Mucks out a couple and then rides out 8..
Two little old ladies, Connie and Evelyn, were sitting outside the tent at yesterdays Adlestrop Show close to where the flower show was in progress.

The short one, Connie, leaned over and said, "Life is so boring. We never have any fun anymore...For £10 I'd take my clothes off and streak through that stupid, boring flower show"!

"You're on!", said Evelyn, holding up a £10 note.

So, Connie slowly fumbled her way out of her clothes. She grabbed a dried flower from a nearby display and held it between her teeth.

Then, completely naked, she streaked (as fast as an old lady can) through the front door of the flower show.

Waiting outside, her friend soon heard a huge commotion inside the hall, followed by loud applause and shrill whistling.

Finally, the smiling Connie came through the exit door surrounded by a cheering, clapping crowd.

"What happened"? asked Evelyn.

"I won £1,000 as 1st prize for 'Best Dried Arrangement'!"