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18th November 2023

Plus 11 and raining when driving in. 10mm overnight.

Cheltenham was very busy yesterday. The Countryside Day has just grown and grown.

Last nights sale at Cheltenham was not for the feint heated as it was heaving with folk from the races watching... Strong trade, although one or two had too higher a reserve on them… I failed to add to my string..

Saturday morning.

David Bass and Ciaran Gethings were in to ride out.

We jumped Chianti Classico, Espoir de Romay, Hurlerontheditch, Salt Rock and Percy Veering.

Cormac Gleeson who used to work for me in Lambourn called in to say hello with his two children Nick and Catherine.. well hardly as they ride out for Tony Martin in Ireland.

Stuart Ballantyne and a few friends  from Winston Wish charity were here to see The Kemble Brewery... The charity benifits from any prize money TKB might win..

Alan James  was here to see his KBRS horses El Rio, Does He Know, Fair Frontiers, Magical Escape, Mikhailovich, Parc d'Amour, Phantom Getaway, Lets Go Amigo and Campaign Trail.

Derek and Sian Eaton were also here to see their KBRS horse Campaign Trail

John Knock, Terry Crump and Keith Bratt  called in third lot to see their KBRS horse Shantou Express.

We have just the one runner over the weekend and that is The Kemble Brewery at Cheltenham on Sunday and for my thoughts please click here.

The World Cup Cricket final takes place tomorrow..I believe India will win!" 132,000 people will be in the stadium!

The First Irish Christmas Joke: 

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

“In honour of this holy season,” Saint Peter said, “you must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.”

The Englishman man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. It represents a candle, he said.

You may pass through the pearly gates Saint Peter said.

The Welsh man reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, “They’re bells” . Saint Peter said you may pass through the pearly gates.

The Irish man started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women’s panties.

The man replied, “They’re Carols”

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday.