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17th November 2015

Plus 11 and raining when driving in.

The perfect start for a new owner is having a winner for them. Red Spinner did just that for us yesterday when David Bass rode a great race in the novice chase at Leicester and produced our first winner for Paul and Clare Rooney.

Red Spinner jumped brilliantly, but just might have had luck on his side as the main opposition Stephanie Francis clipped our heels and fell on the home bend.

I text her trainer Dan Skelton after the race to see if she was ok, and he said thankfully yes.

Red Spinner looks to have a bright future over fences...Paul and Clare Rooney’s racing manager Jason Maguire was there to receive the prize.

Tom Bellamy and David Bass were in this morning for a couple of lots.

We jumped Aliandy, Allez Encore, Charbel, Cracked Rear View, Dueling Banjos, Forgotten Hero, Gallery Exhibition, Kalanisi Glen, Kilty Caul, King Simba, Mr Beatle, Mr Puck, Policy Breach, Same Ole Trix, Silver Eagle, The Drinkymeister and Trojan Star. A video of today's schooling can be seen here.

Graham Potts our vet was in for his weekly visit.

The handicapper did his bit.. This weeks movers and shakers in the handicap charts are…Darna down 1 to 144, Flemensmix up 8 to 113, Knockanrawley up 3 to 139, Molly's A Diva up 6 to 141, Sunblazer up 3 to 83, Abbreviate has a new mark of 130 and Silver Eagle has been given an mark of 120 over fences.

If you are free and in the area on Thursday please come along and support Mrs Bailey.

Clare is on the committee of the Cirencester and District Friends of Home Farm Trust and they are holding their biggest ever Christmas Fair in the Corn Hall in Cirencester.

Doors open at 10am to 4pm and entrance cost is £4 which obviously goes to the charity.. Please come along and support this great charity.

We have one runner today at Southwell .

David Bass rides Battle Dust in the novice hurdle..

Battle Dust is Mark and Melinda Laws first ever runner as outright owners. For my thoughts on their chances please click here.

A wealthy Jewish husband and his wife were having dinner at an upmarket restaurant when this absolutely stunning young woman comes over to their table, gives the husband a big open mouthed kiss, then says she'll see him later and walks away.

The wife glares at her husband and says, "Who the hell was that?"

"Oh," replies the husband, "she's my mistress."

"Well, that's the last straw," says the wife. "I've had enough, I want a divorce!"

"I can understand that," replies her husband, "but remember, if we get a divorce it will mean no more shopping trips to Paris, no more wintering in Barbados, no more summers in Tuscany, no more BMW in the garage and no more yacht club. But the decision is yours."

Just then, a mutual friend enters the restaurant with a gorgeous babe on his arm.

"Who's that woman with George?" asks the wife.

"That's his mistress," says her husband.

"Ours is prettier," she replies