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12th October 2017

Plus 9 and dry when driving in.

What a remarkable little horse Sunblazer is.. Unfancied at Kempton last night at 33/1 he ran the best race for ages and over a trip that was probably far too short for him. Yes he finished third but he just looked a very happy horse, which of course he is. Hopefully we will have some fun days/nights out on the all weather this winter with him.

Towcester had a big crowd to welcome the first of their 10 days jump racing this season.. far too few for this lovey racecourse who have really gone to the dogs..Yes greyhound racing has overtaken jump racing when it comes to the delights of this picturesque course in Northamptonshire. Monrocco finished 5th and ran better.. A handicap mark and we will see her improve I am sure.. she is learning.

At Ludlow. By The Boardwalk suffered from a high handicap mark (123) in a competitive race.. 0-140 rating race is too high for him, but when able to run in 0-120 he will be winning again.

Ludlow has done so much for their racing when it comes to prize money.. 75K on offer yesterday and over a £Million all season, which is some going for many Grade one tracks let alone a small country track like Ludlow. Yes they deserve all the support they can get..

Gripe.. only a small owner one..The huge anticipation to see Ludlow’s big changes were met with a slightly damp squib. The owners and trainers area was not hugely different, although the new smart curtains looked good, but the food ticket owners were given was fine but you still had to pay extra towards your beef…which was a very different cut from last year..

Racecourse are now bending over, and some backwards to look after owners.. Bangor has hit the jackpot with their owner rewards and experience and they like a few racecourses now offer stable staff free food in the stable yard canteens.. Something I firmly believe all racecourses should do..

We are all struggling to retain stable staff in the industry and racecourses should also help..Owner and stable staff experiences are important.

This morning we worked Another Venture and Dueling Banjos; the rest had an easy day.

Mr Macho returned to the yard having spent sometime with Martin Jones being pre trained.

We have three runners today. Station Master and Billy Elliott at Exeter and Mon Palois at Worcester. For my thoughts please click here.

A married man was having an affair with his secretary.

One day they went to her place and made love all afternoon. Exhausted, they fell asleep and woke up at 8 PM.

The man hurriedly dressed and told his lover to take his shoes outside and rub them in the grass and dirt. He put on his shoes and drove home.

'Where have you been?' his wife demanded.

'I can't lie to you,' he replied, 'I'm having an affair with my secretary. We had sex all afternoon.'

She looked down at his shoes and said: 'You lying bastard! You've been playing golf!'