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14th January 2022

Minus 4 and dry when driving in.

It was such a stunning day yesterday.. Not a cloud in the sky.. Cold, bright and with many more vapour trails..

A rather pleasant day spent walking Anthony Colburn's farm, with Nick Phillips, Richard Wills, Jim Rogers, Alex Robinson, Peter Caroe, Anthony Sheppard and Iona Sale..

I seem destined to be without staff in my office as although Sandie Wilkinson was in today.. she is away next week (working remotely).. Maddie has swanned off to Alicante for the weekend... We will cope!!

Form is everything specially when buying.. The point to point world is a mine field and with so many good horses appearing out of it, it can at times be very difficult to judge.. The horse that beat Constitution Hill in his point to point won a handicap hurdle yesterday off a handicap rating of 112..

The 5th Ashes Test started this morning In Hobart. A good start by England.. If only this was the first Ashes Test!!

We have just the one runner today at Huntingdon.. Galante de Romay runs there and for my thoughts please click here.

This week’s newsletter from Debrett’s offers advice on how to “apologise with integrity”, saying that a “bungled or insincere apology can inflame a situation rather than resolving it”.

Suitable for the present political climate..

You have to love this quote from H R Haldeman .. US Chief of Staff under President Nixon.

''Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it is awfully hard to get it back in..''