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13th August 2016

Plus 16 and muggy when driving in.

It was very hot at Newbury yesterday and the highlight of the day was Mrs Danvers making it 4 out of 4 for trainer Johnny Portman and owners The Turf Club Racing Partnership.

92 members; most were there yesterday to celebrate the rags to riches story of the season; Mrs Danvers  was led out unsold through Ascot sales for £1000.00.

Our rags to riches story in Sunblazer ran a far better race to finish 3rd at 20/1.

Back on fast ground and a few pounds lower with promising 7lb claimer Joshua Bryan (related to trainer Peter Bowen) on board made the difference..

We did think a furlong out we might just win but Sunblazer was caught close home.. It was though a very pleasing run.

Not quite the same was Forgotten Hero at Nottingham who did not really enjoy his day.. Was it the very fast ground or was it the fact he was a bit out of his ground.. Time will tell but he will be better next time.

Yes hot at Newbury but it was certainly not watching Archie Play cricket last night at Dumbleton.. Chilly.

David Bass was in this morning for a couple of lots.

We jumped Net Work Rouge and Ballyknock Lad over fences

Busy here this morning with visitors third lot.

David and Carol Crompton called in to see their horse Nam Hai.. there are still shares available in this recent Nottingham flat winner

Jenny Swainson called in with Ian to see her horse Glenforde.

John Benson and his father were here to see John's KBRP horses Silver Kayf, Belle Ami and Chateau Robin.

Great cricket from Pakistan and a break through by England late (should have been earlier if we held our catches) last night leaves the match poised in almost the same place as it was at Edgbaston last week.. Another interesting day ahead.

More and more medals in Rio.. Watching Bradley Wiggins last night was a thrill..Much more today.. big names out and about. Super Saturday.

We have two runners at Southwell tomorrow. Sonneofpresenting and Vital Evidence head there with David Bass on top. For my thoughts please click here..

Ian Greaves sent over another version of yesterdays lesson for life.

A swallow decides one year not fly south but to over winter at home in his nest.

One frosty morning he realises he has made a terrible mistake, so belatedly he starts to fly south.

Almost immediately the cold gets into him and he collapses down into a field slowly he starts to freeze to death, but a passing horse stops and lifts his tail and drops a good dollop of muck onto the swallow and then walks on.

The warmth from the muck warms the swallow so much that he starts to think he may just survive in joy he lets out a chirp, unfortunately a passing fox hears the noise pulls the swallow out of the muck and promptly eats him.

The lesson:

Not every one who shits on you is your enemy and not every one who pulls you out of the shit is your friend.

Before I go if anybody reading this.. If you are looking to buy a horse for team chasing, hunting, riding at weekends or just a generally fun horse who will give the family fun then Kilty Caul is for sale.. She is only 7 and has won an Irish point to point.

Kilty Caul heads to Ascot Sales as a wild card on Tuesday but can be bought before.. please ring me and make an offer. Sad to see her go through the ring as she has a great future for the right person.

To finish..Happy birthday Tom dentist.