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13th October 2023

Plus 17 and dry when driving in.  15mm of rain overnight

Exeter is a proper jumps track and I really enjoy having runners and more importantly winners there.

Jeuduidee certainly won well for 'Park View' i.e. John and Laura Garrett.. He is a cracking horse who loves racing, jumping and he also enjoys fast ground. 3 wins out of 5 starts for him since he was bought by Danny Cooper for me in France…

Gerard Mentor was so narrowly beaten.. I thought he had it won jumping the last, but he was collared on the line. It was good to see him back in form after what has been a frustrating time with him so far this season.

It was good to see Gill Abbatt at Exeter.. Gill and I used to run the Cotswold Point To Point.... Gill has now moved away from the Cotswold and is now a local to Exeter Racecourse..

At Worcester.. Isle Of Gold was travelling well until unshipping Ciaran Gethings down the back straight.. He looked a very different horse from last year.

I Got Stung is so green and immature.. he is learning on the job?

Lady Gwen ran a blinder and probably was unlucky, but although she finished third, she was hampered and then placed second in the stewards room post race.

A good days racing which could so easily have been 3 winners! Then the bar closed immediately after the last at Worcester, so no chance of entertaining owners.. Another black mark against my favourite racecourse!!

Predictably Frankie carries on riding, but in the States and the Grand National has had a major tweak..Appeasing the public mood? At least we still have a GN..I now just hope some English horses will get a run in it.. too many Irish horses at the top of the weights..It would not look good if all 34 were trained in Ireland.. On last years form we would have had 9 of the 34..

Friday morning brought Kate Elliott here second lot to seen here KBRS horse Grande Escaparde.

We have one runner today at Chepstow.. Chianti Classico heads there and for my thoughts please click here.

Chepstow host their first jumps meeting of the season today and many regard this meeting as the start of proper jump racing.

The first race of the day is the Jump Jockeys In Wales or ‘Welsh Jump Jockeys Derby’ over 1m.4f and the raise is there to help raise awareness and also raise funds for the Childrens cancer charity Latch

Some of the best Jump Jockeys in Wales have come together for this special race which is to be a little different to their usual trade! There is already a huge amount of competitiveness between the entrants!

This race was put together to raise awareness and support for the charity and more so because Betsy Williams, daughter of Welsh trainer Christian Williams, is currently undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

Betsy and her family members have been supported throughout this very difficult time by Latch, who do amazing work in helping family members of children affected by cancer or leukaemia in Wales.

LATCH Welsh Children's Cancer Charity, is a voluntary organisation set up to support the requirements of children, and their families, who are having cancer treatment through the children's pediatric oncology unit at the Children's Hospital of Wales. LATCH also funds various projects.Please donate through this JustGiving Page..