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14th June 2016

Plus 13 and dry when driving in at 5.30.. Not sure for how much longer..

Nam Hai’s race did not go according to plan. By the last race at Nottingham last night the ground reminded us all what mid winter racing was all about. Nam Hai did not enjoy it and was always changing legs..

That was yesterday and today we all head to Royal Ascot. A first runner for Norman Carter and a first runner for me . Norman’s Sunblazer is the rank outsider in the Ascot Stakes and however much I hope the odds are wrong the form suggests they are right.

Sunblazer is currently rated 97; Sunblazer last ran on turf at Ascot last October off a rating of 81 when he finished 6th.. He has since risen 16lbs for winning four races on the all-weather. Great that he has been that successful but soft ground at Ascot will be a very different kettle of fish to those fast sand surfaces.

Whatever, we are all going to Royal Ascot dressed in the height of fashion to have a great day out.. Is that not what racehorse ownership is all about.. Fun.. and today will be just that..If by chance Sunblazer finishes in the frame we might be late home! A dream.. that's why you fill in that lottery ticket?

There will be many happy faces at Royal Ascot today and there will be those who go home not so happy. The soft ground will turn the summer form upside down..

I have given you my thoughts on Sunblazer but if you would further ones please click here.

Graham Potts our vet was in for his weekly visit to look at a couple.

This weeks movers and shakers in the handicap charts are..Milord down 5 over fences to 112, Sonneofpresenting up 3 to 105, Rhianna enters at 78 while Policy Breach enters at 115.

Shortly after take-off on an outbound evening Air Lingus flight from Dublin to Boston, the lead flight attendant nervously made the following painful announcement in her lovely Irish brogue:

"Ladies & Gentlemen, I'm so very sorry, but it appears that there has been a terrible mix-up by our catering service. I don't know how this has happened, but we have 103 passengers on board, & unfortunately, we received only 40 dinner meals. I truly apologize for this mistake & inconvenience."

When the muttering of the passengers had died down, she continued, "Anyone who is kind enough to give up their meal so that someone else can eat, will receive free, unlimited drinks for the duration of our 5 hour flight."

Her next announcement came about 2 hours later: "If anyone is hungry, we still have 40 dinners available."