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15th January 2019

Plus 6 and dry when driving in.

Ffos Las is a fair way away but it was closer for Simon Keane to ferry over from Ireland to see his KBRP horse Pond Road run in the bumper than it was to drive from here.

Rumour has it that Ffos Las is about to become a flat only racecourse and Chepstow a jumps only course. It that is the case then my visits to the former will go and so will the chance of running on Flos Las’s own description of soft ground.

Yesterday it was soft and they were going in many inches. There is not a course in the country offering that sort of ground and for all it was worth my runners Agent Memphis and Pond Road finished 3rd and 4th respectively. It was not pretty watching.

Some of my owners were making their first and probably only visit to FL. They have ticked that box.. it is a friendly one, even if not often a dry one.

Brendan Powell had been nagging me for ages to go to see a horse he had for sale... Last week I did .. I liked him and tried to find an owner for him but failed..

Peter Kerr and I watched this horse run at Fontwell while sitting in my car and both of us had a small investment.. we enjoyed the result!

Brendan was right when he said it would win first time out!

We have a quiet week with very few runners, but it will not be a quiet one in the world of British Politics.. A crystal ball and move on 12 months? I am not sure what the predictions will be, but I am pretty sure whatever happens this week will effect us all long term..and for a very long time.....

As does the BHA handicapper who reassess our horses every week,. This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts are.. Two For Gold up 2 to 133, Charbel down 1 to 161, Sea Story down 2 to 110, Diamond Gait up 4 to 131 and Early Learner enters at 106.

Our vet was in this morning.. Not Graham Potts who is down under.

Charlie Dingwall sent this one over.. As he said we need to laugh and this one makes him do just that.

The finals of a National Poetry Contest came down to two finalists.

One was a University Law School graduate from an upper crust family; well-bred, well-connected, and all that goes with it.

The other finalist was a red-neck from Southeast Tennessee.

The rules of the contest required each finalist to compose a four-line poem in one minute or less and the poem had to contain the word "Timbuktu".

The graduate went first. About thirty seconds after the clock started, he jumped up and recited the following poem:

Slowly across the desert sand
Trekked the dusty caravan.
Men on camels, two by two
Destination Timbuktu.

The audience went wild!! How, they wondered could the red-neck top that?!

The clock started again and the red neck sat in silent thought. Finally, in the last few seconds, he jumped and recited:

Tim and me, a-huntin' went.
Met three whores in a pop-up tent.
They were three, we was two,
So, I bucked one and Timbuktu.