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18th December 2023

Plus 9 and dry when driving in.

Destroytheevidence so nearly did!.

What a great run from him to finish second on the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle Grade 2 at Cheltenham on Saturday .

Destroytheevidence has now run 6 times over hurdles, winning 3 and being placed in all the others… Saturday was by far his biggest test..He also showed that he could handle slightly softer ground… Talking ground Mat walked Hereford and decided not to run Mr Grey Sky..

Saturday nights staff Party at The Royal Oak in Andoversford was a howling success.. plenty of interesting outfits..

Secret Santa was amusing.. David copped it big time with his new T Shirt..Nearly started a fracas until they were told why he was wearing it..

Clare and I left earlier enough that they could enjoy the rest of their evening without us watching..It was left to Mat and Ed Cookson to lead the way!?.

They all made it in yesterday.. On Time.. Good team..

Sunday was a quiet one..Daughter Pandora and grandson Otto were here and yesterday afternoon it was time for a first visit to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park... We had an excellent tour with Adam and Charlie..

We have no runners today...

Tony and Charlotte Palmer called in to see their KBRS horses General Hubble and Isle Of Gold.

It was so good to receive a message from Peter and Angela Granger.. Glad all well and keep watching ITV racing ..Happy Christmas to you too....

One For those irate keyboard punters..

Mat texted one of my staff, “Send me one of your funny jokes for tonights staff party please”

They replied, “I’m working at the moment, Mat, I will send you one later.”

Mat replied, “That was fantastic, send me another one.”