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16th October 2018

Plus 11, foggy and dry when driving in.

Clipping blades in action early this morning

The weekend rain has ensured that Wincanton's race meeting will go ahead on Friday.. there was a huge doubt about it as it was firm last week, but 38 mm of rain landed on the course and that has saved the meeting.

Funny world.. Newton Abbot last week had to survive a inspection to see of their meeting could go ahead as the ground was heavy and 15 miles up the road Exeter was abandoned because it was too firm to race.

Sea Story and Diamond Gait had an away day this morning. Guy Disney was here to ride out two lots and jump Gallery Exhibition.

Carol Bailey was here second lot to see her KBRP horses Blazon and Mergella and her Racing For Maggies horse Another Venture  Gillian Atkinson and Kate Beim who both have shares in AV were here too.

Graham Potts was here for his weekly Tuesday visit and this week movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts were..Dandy Dan up 5 to 132 and Rockys Treasure enters at 131

We have three runners today. Cresswell Legend and Commodore Barry head to Hereford while Cloone Lady heads to Huntingdon and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Well done to James Bowen.. He has been nominated for SPOTY BBC youth award..

A few more of Charlie Dingwall's recorded comments, actually said in court.

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.