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18th February 2019

Plus 7 and dry when driving in.

For those who love their jump racing it has been a phenomenal weekends racing, 8 winners for Paul Nicholls sets a high standard.

Ours was slightly lower, but we still enjoyed.

I love Ascot, as do most owners, so it was  delight to watch Charbel ran to his very best in the Grade One Betfair Chase.

Charbel was the total outsider at 33/1 but he certainly did not run like one.. He jumped well and looked to be taking  a huge part in the race turning for home, and if you take the mighty impressive winner out of the race Charbel has run to his best to finish 4 lengths behind the second horse Waiting Patiently.. Just annoying that Cyrname was 17 lengths clear of them all.

David and Julie Martin have had a good season with their horse Charbel who has come right back to his best after his back operation last summer.

The bumper was always going to a very competitive race and that was exactly what it was. Subway Surf was always going to struggle with a penalty, but she ran to her very best and finished 3rd.

Subway Surf really does look a horse to follow as she is tough as they come; although no speed merchant she is not really made to be a bumper horse, so a bumper win at Ludlow and a 3rd at Ascot looks good on her CV.

SS stays and jumps so we have a huge amount to look forward to next season, when she goes hurdling.. She had some very happy owners after the race and they all went home dreaming of big days out..

Interestingly the winner of her race Silver Forever, won an Irish point at Bartlemy last May and both she and Subway Surf won on the same day, at the same meeting, but different division of the Mares Maiden.

Silver Forever’s race was 4 seconds faster that day.. again on Saturday?

At Huntingdon yesterday Those Tiger Feet almost bolted on the way to the start, so David Bass dropped him into settle.. he did eventually, but petered home a spent force to finish well down the field..

Yesterday Net Work Rouge won a point to point at Larkhill.

I am thrilled as I begged all my point to point people to buy him when he went to Ascot Sales..sadly many sniffed at me and found an excuse or two as to why not.

Oliver Sherwood rang and asked me if NWR would suit his assistant Andy Llewellyn who was looking for a ideal school master and I said very much yes.. I am delighted, as too are his past owners John and Liz Wills, who were there to watch, and they immediately rang me to tell me the result

Monday morning.

John and Sue Stanley were here mid morning to see their KBRP horses Bandon Roc and Peeping Tom and they were joined by son Tom and his wife Lauren..

Their visit was to celebrate 21 years since their first winner with me, Cheval de Guerre… Tom was small and very inquisitive in those days…Look at him now?

We have two runners today both at Lingfield, Knockanrawley and Sea Story and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

This email popped through my in box from Derek Gardner

I read the blog everyday, enjoy it a lot, I am blind so struggle with the pics and sometimes the visual gags, have enjoyed the recent classic comedy.. Not this one is very PC Derek.. Click to listen

To finish..Talking PC.. This is our country going bleeting pot..