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19th July 2017

Plus 17 and drizzling when driving in.

We missed any forecasted thunderstorms last night although we might have one this morning as it is very muggy.

It was certainly very hot (27) and muggy at Tattersalls Ascot Sales yesterday where we sold Nicely Indeed.

NI was there to dissolve a partnership with both owners wishing to sell; Richard Laws, who fronts Ownaracehorse Ltd and owned 50% of Nicely Indeed with Gary Tardi bought the horse back. NI will now probably go in training with either Tom Gretton or back to Seamus Durack.

David Bass was in this morning to ride out. David has been based this month in France based with Emmanuel Clayeux.

We worked Red Spinner and Policy Breach.

Peter and Olive Smith and Jim and Lynda Clark were here third lot. They have shares in the KBRP who own Deseray

We have one runner today at Uttoxeter. Forgotten Hero and David Bass meet up in the second race and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

My farrier Andy Martin is being particularly stupid.. he is biking (that is the stupid part) for charity.. As if he has not enough to do he is now helping others by biking around Snowdonia to raise money for The Farriers Foundation..

If you would like to support Andy and his mates on this 3 day, 230 mile bike ride please click here and donate...

We are still looking for an amateur to replace Henry Morshead.

Henry as you know has moved onto Paul Nicholls so we have a vacancy for an experienced amateur who claims 7 of 5lbs. There will be plenty of opportunities for the right person.. They must have racecourse experience as so far those we have seen have not had enough experience.

I do have a good young lad in the yard in Liam Carter who has worked hard and has been prepared to learn, so we are going to take out an amateur license to start Liam off this season with rides, but we really need somebody else who has more experience to add to the team. If you believe you are that person then please get in touch.

I like to retire horses at the end of their racing career rather than sell them.. Obviously their owners need to agree but it is very rewarding when you hear that they have done well in their respective new careers whether it show jumping, eventing, dressage, showing or just ROR.. Yes there is life after racing and we should encourage rather than just turn a blind eye and pass on.

Sue Stanley sent this coffee advert over...