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16th June 2023

Plus 15 and dry when driving in.

Irish night at Worcester. Huge queues for a drink and very warm..

Shantou Express ran well but paid the penalty for 6lb rise for winning at Stratford. He jumped off in front and was still there jumping the last but was collared on the run in.

Gerard Mentor ran a far better race than last time but a mistake at the third last cost him any chance..again he is paying the penalty of winning 4 last season.. A few pounds down and he will be winning again.

The third day of the Goffs sales was again strong.. always the weakest of the three days.

Paul Henderson packs up training.. Very sad as he is a good guy and has been training for a while.. Ed Hawkins who has been a long time supporter of his has moved one of his horses here..

We had our Friday vet visit.

The Ashes starts today at Edgbaston.. Summer is here..

Cricket humour and in particular sledging, has evolved into an art form. Much of the best sledges and banter has come from cricket’s oldest foes, Australia and England.

The history of cricket humour goes back into the dark ages of the game, one of cricket’s original wits, W.G. Grace, on being bowled stated: “Twas the wind which took thy bail off, good sir.”

To which the umpire replied, “Indeed, doctor, and let us hope thy wind helps the good doctor on thy journey back to the pavilion.”

Let the sledging begin..