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17th January 2018

Plus 2 and dry when driving in.

Late last night I took the dogs for a walk and it was trying to snow.. I went to bed feeling bloody miserable as we have ‘done’ snow for this season and did not fancy seeing it when waking this morning.

So it was with fear and trepidation that I poked my nose out behind the curtains just after 5 to see my car roof white but that was all.. No snow here but then the news told me up north had been hit hard..Haydock Saturday needs to  be on..and of course so does Market Rasen later.

London yesterday was quiet although I did bump into Henry Pelham, whose wife Sarah is Roger Charlton’s sister.. I also bumped into Ben Pauling’s parents, Howard and Juliet, who were on the same train as I..

Arriving back in Kingham I bumped into Lord 'Leaping' Chris Leigh and Anthea Morshead.. Sorry to hear that Anthea's son Henry has decided to pack up riding after just 4 rides for Paul Nicholls.. Henry left here last summer after a good season and one full of promise; we all thought he would go a long way.. hugely talented young rider.. Weight an issue I fear. A difficult and sensible call and now Henry looks to further his education via a university. We wish him well.

Talking weight..David Bass was in for a couple of lots this morning before heading North to ride at MR.

We worked a few and a video can be seen here.

Staffing problems are the reason why Charlie and Tracy Vigors are giving up on their breeze up business. Lack of riders to prepare yearlings and two year olds for the annual breeze up sales.

Sadly their plight is not an uncommon one as there is a huge lack of stable staff in this industry and there are very few young people coming through.

We are currently looking for new staff to join us for the second half of the season and only yesterday we posted this advert on Facebook

‘’We are looking for a couple of experienced stable staff to join our team

We offer excellent and modern accommodation which includes your own room with a double bed and under floor heating, WiFi and Digital TV.  This has been universally accepted as one of the best Stable staff accommodation in the country.

Excellent rates of pay to the extent we pay on average 15% above the current recommended pay rate, pension, overtime, winners’ bonuses on top of stable prize money.

Please apply to Mat on 07903 655 731 or email Come and join our happy team – You’ll love it!!

We have three runners today at Market Rasen... Alfies Choice, Early Learner and Carqalin and for my thoughts on their respective chances please click here.

Why men shouldn't be Agony Aunts

Dear Jim,

I left home for work last week and after less than a mile my car stalled and wouldn't start I walked back to our home to find my husband in bed with our 19 year old babysitter.

They announced that the affair had been going on for two years and that they were deeply in love. Can you help me I'm desperate!

Dear reader:

The most common cause of vehicles breaking down in the first mile is dirt in the fuel lines, if this is not the cause its usually the alternator.

Hope my advice helps