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18th May 2020

It was plus 7 and dry first thing this morning.

Left home early to drive to Doncaster.. Todays is the first day of the Goffs Sales.. Sadly not this year..

Todays is the day I normally start re stocking up on new recruits for the future. Last year I bought six horses on this day..Not good for vendors, breeders and purchasers..Goffs hope to revise the sales date for July 28/30

It has been an interesting weekend.

We live in a tiny hamlet 3 miles from Thorndale where we have a very peaceful life, but since lockdown we have been over run with walkers.. I feel like we live in Bourton on the Water... Have we become a tourist attraction???

Today was like the first day of term..Obviously in the old fashioned way..

Yes my summer jumpers started to return to the Thorndale.. Their holidays are now over and with jump racing starting in July now is the time to start their preparation.

One of the projects I have started since we have been locked in is to do a video session for my owners on a Sunday.

This weeks video was all well and good until I realised that I failed to mention the contribution of Peter Woodhall on last  Mondays blog.. Sorry Peter.. I took me about 25 takes to perfect my rather amateurish video and it was only after posting  it that I realised my mistake.. Sorry..

Peter's contribution was excellent, like all my Kim Bailey Community Spirit contributors.... There are more to come.

I noticed in yesterdays Racing Post that Ray Cochrane has bowed out after 20 years of being Frankie Dettori's agent. Hard to believe that Ray was my 7lb claiming conditional jockey when I first started training, along with Nigel Twiston-Davies being my Amateur!!.. What a team I started with..

With my horses returning to training it is important to remember that not all racehorses make the grade and there are all too many that, as they say, disappear from the face of racing not deemed good enough or have an injury..

It is with that is in mind that I would like to promote the hard work of may charities that help horses after their racing life.

I am a trustee of Greatwood while Julie Martin, who along with her husband David, have had horses with me for some years  holds a similar position with The Racehorse Sanctuary.

Julie is fund raising for The Racehorse Sanctuary and has asked me to post this thought..

'Hello fellow racehorse owners,

I know we are all living in difficult times at the moment, with plenty of calls on our generosity.

One of the causes close to my heart is the Racehorse Sanctuary which does a huge amount to help abandoned horses and welfare cases, unlike a lot of rescues , the Racehorse Sanctuary will take in ex racehorses with no future because they are injured, old or just due to other factors and many can’t be ridden anymore which unfortunately reduces their attractiveness for rehoming.

We are very lucky to have Kim, and especially Clare, who will go that extra mile to make sure our ex racehorses go to suitable homes.

Unfortunately the majority don’t have anyone in their corner.

Will you all please think about donating. No sum is too small.

Thank you all so much


Julie is coming to the end of her own fund raising venture

Todays non virus video nasty..