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18th November 2019
Plus 3 and dry when driving in.
Cheltenham did well to race for two out of their three days. Attritional ground, but safe, and hats off to all the jockeys for riding well to the conditions.
Saturday started well for us as Happygolucky really did run a cracker to finish third in what will turn out to be a very good novice hurdle. It was only his second start and on what he showed us on Saturday he is going to have a very bright future.. he loves racing and is relaxed doing so, and jumps for fun.
Something that Minella Warrior did not. MW might have won the best turned out award but that was all..We were worried that he might struggle on the ground and he did just that. MW just could not jump out of it; sadly now it means that if this winter carries on being as wet as it is, he might not have many outings until the spring.
Yesterday Paul and Elizabeth Kellar's Mon Palois ran well for an awful long way, but the handicapper will have to relent before he starts winning again.
It is very hard not to run at Cheltenham when you have entered a horse.
All owners just dream of being in that famous paddock.. There is something magical about racing at this wonderful amphitheatre . It is what sells the dream.
Cheltenham help too as they do a brilliant job of making their racehorse owners experience pretty special. Win or lose Cheltenham make the experience very enjoyable.
Incredibly sad to lose Fridays racing.. but the show went ahead for two days and they were two very good days racing.
Monday morning and fresh horses.
Tessa Hoppeler and Tom Morton were over from Switzerland for the weekend.. Racing at Cheltenham and enjoying the Cotswolds.. They emailed and asked if the could come for a tour.. Of course..
We have no racing today as Leicester, where we were meant to have gone, has been abandoned.. Again.. Last year it was because of the lack of water and this year for too much..
I am in London mid morning to attend Iain Buchan’s funeral at 1pm.. Very sad.. Iain has been an owner with me since the late 90’s.
Also sad to hear from Alan Halsall that Michael Cudahy, his friend and part racehorse owner with him, has also died.. .the dreaded C...Golden Button was their last horse here...
Michael was good man and just loved racing at Cheltenham. Our thoughts go to out to Annabel, Iain Buchan's wife and Lynne Cudahay.
To finish.. Well done to Henry and Bella Kimbell.. Willa Rose arrived over the weekend. 7lbs 6 oz..That was Henry's excuse for not being at Cheltenham
We love our children..
A little girl had just finished her first week of school.
'I'm just wasting my time,' she said to her mother. 'I can't read, I can't write, and they won't let me talk!'