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17th September 2018

Plus 17 and damp when driving in.

Busy here yesterday. 300 people, mostly owners sat down to a long lunch after wandering around the yard looking at their horses.

It was a magical day as the atmosphere was one of fun and enjoyment and David Morgan did us proud on the food front. Michael Storey received plenty of ribbing from some quarters, all in jest.. Yes all in all it was a great day.

Yes friendly banter which was and is about the fun of ownership at Thorndale Farm.

My home team of staff did us proud as the yard looked immaculate and the horses likewise. No parade, which I felt was a huge success.

I know owners like seeing horses being paraded but the one day somebody is going to get hurt and I certainly don’t want that to be here.

Owners had plenty of time to see their horses and head into their stables to pat and chat. It made for a far less stressful day for the trainer…

A big thank you to all my staff and all my owners and without either I would not be here.

Back to normal now and once the clear up has been done we head into the season with heads down and rearing to go.

Guy Disney who was here yesterday was in this morning ride out Gallery Exhibition.

A big weekend ahead and on that note David Simkins sent this one over..

Dearest Dad,

I am coming home to get married soon, so get your cheque book out.

I'm in love with a boy who is far away from me. As you know, I am presently living in Australia .. and he lives in Scotland. We met on a dating website, became friends on Facebook, had long chats on Whatsapp.  He proposed to me on Skype, and now we've had two months of a relationship through Viber.

My beloved and favourite Dad, I need your blessing, good wishes, and a really big wedding.

Lots of love and thanks.

Your favourite daughter, Lilly


My Dearest Lilly,

Like Wow! Really? Cool!

I suggest you two get married on Twitter, have a honeymoon on Tango, buy your kids on Amazon, and pay for it all through PayPal.

And when you get fed up with this new husband, sell him on eBay..

Love,  Your Dad

To finish.. well done to Worcestershire Rapids for winning the T20 final