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16th November 2016

Plus 10 and dry when driving in.

Southwell is not a bad racecourse. It is friendly and they try. Perhaps the fact that they race at least 3 days a week helps. All weather racing and jump racing .Two courses and both do their job and one can only assume those who work on the race course enjoy their jump racing as at least people do come along to watch.

If they had noticed what was going on during the third race they would have seen a fine winning ride from David Bass on Aliandy.

For any purist David’s ride was pretty special, and I am not one for heaping praise on jockeys too often, but it was a case of knowing your horse and reacting accordingly.

Aliandy is far from easy as he believes he is the fastest horses in the race but sadly he is not. Riding skills are about persuading your horse to do what you want, not the other way around.

David settled Aliandy right out at the back, and then gradually produced him through the field to win.. by a neck.. Delighted for his owners Andy and Ali Sulin.. sadly they could not be with us yesterday.

My Cousin Rachel finished 3rd. It was a lonely third for her as she raced on her own the whole way. A good start over hurdles and one she will progress from.

Cresswell Legend ran well in what was probably the hottest bumper ever seen at Southwell. Beaten a length he is a decent animal and will improve for the run. Yes he is for sale..Ring me for further details please.

David Bass was in this morning. We worked and jumped a few. A video can be seen here of the horses working and a video of the schooling here.

We have two runners today at Warwick. Desaray makes his hurdle debut and Coco Des Champ makes her chase debut. For my thoughts on their respective chances please click here.

For those attending Mark Vestey's memorial Service at 2.30 in Cirencester.. There is parking in Cirencester Park which is a short walk away from the Church.. Parking in Cirencester is not good so be warned.

HS2 looks like going ahead.. TNDGB likes nothing better than talking about age, or rather mine. I am not sure he will be around to take his first class ticket to Scotland for his annual grouse shooting trip; sadly by the time his seat is ready for him he will be far too old to use it, or cock his gun..

What he will be old enough to enjoy, as I will, is the chaos of roads works across the country as we travel from racecourse to racecourse while they dig up huge swathes of the countryside to lay the track.

Dublin's contestant in an international quiz was waiting for his first question.

"First, what's your name and occupation?"  The compére asked.

"Pass", came the reply.