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14th August 2019

Plus 13 and raining when driving in.

Jockeys David Bass and Ciaran Gething were in this morning to ride out a couple of lots.

We jumped Robin The Raven and Rhosneigr.

Andy and Julie Wilkinson were here for a Morning on the gallops.. They are racing fans who are currently staying on Cheltenham Racecourse for the week.. soaking up the atmosphere?

Talking Cheltenham.. their ground team were here yesterday rebuilding three of my fences in preparation for the coming winters schooling.. They will be back in a couple of weeks time to finish the other two fences.

Today is the start of the Lord’s Ashes Test..

Hailed as the Jofra Archer/ Steve Smith showdown..Jofra will be playing in his first ever Ashes Test..In fact his first ever Test match, let alone Ashes.. Some pressure..

Sadly judging by the weather forecast there might be a huge amount of play today.

Tattersalls August Sales in Ireland saw a top price of 80,000.00 euros. Still strong trade.The sale continues today

I am quoted in the Guardian.. Most of what I am quoted is true..  'It won’t happen overnight, but I am surprised it is not five days already. I think it’s inevitable,” the bit in italics is not..

Mark Twain also said..Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18…If only!