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17th June 2021

Plus 14 muggy and damp when driving in..No thunderstorms although we had a smattering of rain.

Reading this was a shock..

Simon Claisse, who is universally known as one of the best clerk of the courses in the country has decided that it is time to move on.

Simon has been the lynchpin to all trainers at Cheltenham and hugely respected for his truthful and well judged ground calling.

Cheltenham Racecourse and all trainers will miss his him.. A tough pair of boots to fill.

Yes good luck to Simon in whatever new direction this decision takes him.

Eve Johnson Houghton won the Windsor Castle stakes with her 2 year old Chipotle.. a huge result for this very popular trainer..not a bad buy at 10K!

Mat is away for a couple of days.. attending Graham Potts's stag party in Devon..I am sure he will be bright eyed and bushy tailed when he returns on Saturday..

We have one runner today at Ffos Las.. Aliandy heads there and for my thoughts please click here.

A morning smile.. From Sandra Arkwright

One morning a husband returns to the cabin after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. 

Although not familiar with the lake, his wife decides to take the boat out, since it is such a beautiful day. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book.

Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, "Good morning, Ma'am, what are you doing?”

"Reading a book," she replies, (thinking,"Isn't that obvious?”)

"You're in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her.

"I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing, I'm reading.”

"Yes, but you have all the equipment. I'll have to write you up a ticket. “

"For reading a book," she replies.

"You're in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her again.

"But officer, I'm not fishing, I'm reading.”

"Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment.  I'll have to write you up a ticket and you'll have to pay a  fine.”

"If you do that, I'll have to charge you with sexual assault," says the woman.”

"But I haven't even touched you," says the Game Warden .

"That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment.”

"Have a nice day ma'am," and he immediately departed.

MORAL:  Never argue with a woman who reads. It's likely she can also think.

To finish.. Happy birthday to Nick Cook..Have a good one Nick

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