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18th January 2016
Plus 3 and raining when driving in.
Pretty miserable out there..Luckily we have had no snow over the weekend.
Saturday at Warwick; there was a good crowd who appreciated some interesting racing and possibly the odd Cheltenham pointer or two thrown in.
Emily Gray ran her usual tough race. She jumped fast and well but finished 3rd in what looked to be a very useful novice chase.
EG looked tiny upsides the eventually winner Black Hercules.. another Willie Mullins winner..
Emily Gray returned home safely and will have other days, although I am not sure 3 miles is what she will be running over next time; certainly not on that heavy ground.
Lunch just outside Lambourn yesterday with Oli and Tanya Sherwood, fellow guests were Harriet Smyly, Andy Clifton, Annabel McCalmont and Charles Egerton. No Sunday racing and a relaxing day
We returned late last night full of all the local news and probably worse for wear.. Yes like old times..!
Henry Morshead and Tom Clarkson were in to ride out this morning.
I bumped into Jon Hughes while at Warwick on Saturday and he sent me this one over.
Maria had just got married, and being a traditional Italian was still a virgin. On her wedding night, staying at her mother's house, she was very nervous.
Her mother reassured her: "Don't worry, Maria, Tony is a good man. Go upstairs and he'll take good care of you. Meanwhile, I'll be making the pasta."
So up she went. When she got upstairs, Tony took off his shirt and exposed his hairy chest. Maria ran downstairs to ber mother. "Mama, Mama, Tony's got a big hairy chest." "Don't worry, Maria", said the mother, "all good men have hairy chests. Go back upstairs, he'll take good care of you."
Go up she went again. Back in the bedroom, Tony took off his trousers, exposing his hairy legs. Maria ran downstairs again to her mother. "Mama, Mama, Tony took off his trousers and he has hairy legs." "Don't worry, Maria", said the mother, "all good men have hairy legs. Go back upstairs, he'll take good care of you."
So up she went again. When she got there, Tony took off his socks, and on his left foot he was missing three toes. Maria saw this, and ran downstairs again to her mother. "Mama, Mama, Tony's got a foot and a half!"
Her Mama said, "Stay here and stir the pasta!"