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15th March 2022

Plus 3 and dry when driving in.

That was better from Shantou Express.. He finished 3rd.. It was just good to see him finish his race after a couple of disappointing runs.. Further and a more galloping track next time.

Robert Chugg’s thanksgiving service yesterday was absolutely packed to the rafters..There must have been at least 600 people inside that stunning church. Wonderful service which with the help of David Minton and Harry Fowler we were chauffeured through his life. Horses, animals, racing, laughter, jokes, fun and life.. Chuggy did it all and for the best part of 45 minutes Minty and Harry had us laughing and clapping.

Tom Chugg read this

Why worry? In life there are only two things to worry about, either you are healthy or you are sick.

If you are healthy, then there is nothing to worry about.

But if you are sick there are only two things to worry about, either you will get well or you will die. If you get well, then there is nothing to worry about.

But if you die there are only two things to worry about, either you will go to heaven or to hell.

If you go to heaven, then there is nothing to worry about. And if you to go hell, you'll be so darn busy shaking hands with your friends you won't have time to worry. So why worry?

Most retreated after the service to Robert's home at Little Lodge Farm..Good to know that the wonderful Jackie is going to carry on the good work with the horses with the help of sons Tom and Richard.

I called in to Cheltenham on the way home to collect some badges.. Bumped into Rich Ricci, Michael O Leary, Mags O’Toole and Chris Jones of Killeen Glebe and others also collecting their tickets..

Tuesday morning..

David Bass was in to ride out..

Phil Andrews and Stuart Ballantyne were here first lot.. Phil's horses Mr Grey Sky, Those Tiger Feet, Party Fuzz, The Edgar Wallace, Duke Of Earl and Destrothevidence and his KBRS horses Mikhailovich, Blazon, Fair Frontieres and Magicial Escape.. Stuart saw his KBRS horses Firth Of Gold and Mikhailovich

Ian Brotherton brought along seven of his work associates third lot to see his KBRS horses Subway Surf, Shinobi, Tantoli and Mikhailovich.

Geoffrey Williams called in to see his KBRS horses Shantou Express and Voyburg.

This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts were..Ajero down 1 to 135, Mr Grey Sky down 1 to 125, Percy Veering down 3 to 85, Those Tiger Feet down 5 to 94 while Imperial Hurricane enters at 100, Talk Of The Moon at 88 and Trelawne at 124..

We have just the one runner today at Cheltenham. Does He Know heads there and for my thoughts please click here.

My thoughts on winners..Jonbon, Blue Lord, Kiltealy Briggs (EW), Honeysuckle, Marie's Rock, Saint Segal, Stattler.

Mats thoughts..Constitution Hill, Edwardstone, Oscar Elite, Epitante (EW), Queens Brook, Gaelic Warrior, Stattler.

From the back page of Robert Chugg's service sheet..

The day my final race is run

And, win or lose, the sinking sun

Tells me it's time to quit the track

And gracefully hang up my tack,

I'll thank the Lord the life I've led

Was always near a Thoroughbred.