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13th October 2017

Plus 14 and dry when driving in.

A winner at Worcester yesterday.

Mon Palaois won impressively by 20 odd lengths.. Sounds good.. it was good, but there were only two runners as all the other 5 all came out of the race due to the fast ground.

Mon Palois jumped for fun and looked to enjoy his race which is more than be said for those involved with the horse watching.. 6/1 on his odds were and that was probably the shortest priced horse to run at Worcester for many a year.

Mon Palois was bought privately by Aiden Murphy for Elizabeth Kellar after he won his Irish point to point. Aiden described him as a fun horse and that he has certainly is..Mon Palois has now won 3 out of 4 so far. Delighted for Elizabeth Kellar who just loves her horses..Sadly husband Paul was on jury service so was unable to attend.. betting shop for him..

A clerk of the courses job is not an easy one especially when the forecasted weather (rain) does not arrive. The ground at Worcester yesterday was very quick due to the recent dry spell and as a result they had 33 non runners of which 30 were due to the ground conditions.

Annoyingly for all, the forecasted ground was good and trainers are ready to run their winter horses so the temptation was too good to miss, but it backfired. Huge expense for owners as horses costs are still there even if they don’t run. That many non runners does not look good for the sport.

I was at Exeter where the ground was good and as a result they too had many winter horses starting off.

Penny Perriss’s Station Master, who was having his first race for us, ran a most encouraging race to finish 3rd in what looked a very competitive novice hurdle. Station Master (again bought by Aiden) is every inch a chaser and a stayer.. a good start for him and Penny. Billy Elliott on the other hand ran no sort of a race and pulled up..All three runners seem fine this morning.

Graham Potts our vet was here this morning for his usual Friday visit.

We have one runner today at Newton Abbot. Champagne To Go runs in the mares only handicap hurdle and for my thoughts on her chances please click here.

A middle-aged couple had two beautiful daughters but always talked about having a son.

They decided to try one last time for the son they always wanted.

The wife got pregnant and delivered a healthy baby boy.

The joyful father rushed to the nursery to see his new son.

He was horrified at the ugliest child he had ever seen.

He told his wife: 'There's no way I can be the father of this baby.

Look at the two beautiful daughters I fathered!

Have you been fooling around behind my back?'

The wife smiled sweetly and replied: 'No, not this time!'