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18th September 2017

Plus 9 and dry when driving in.

Monday morning..

Norman and Zoe Carter, son Tim and girlfriend Carly were here second lot to see Norman's horses Sunblazer and Diamond Gait and his KBRP horse Milord. Kerry cooked us all a fine breakfast..

It was a very good St Leger. Capri a good winner in an old fashioned tussle; it was a good result for this old race and racing as a whole.

Lewis Hamilton won a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix.. A bit like having the first 3 in the betting in the Cheltenham Gold Cup fall at the first.. two from the same stable and one bringing the other down. Ferrari’s two drivers hit each other at the first corner.

The West Indians beat England in the T20 blast on Saturday night. I needed a Whiskey Mac just to watch it at home. God it looked cold!!

Sad to see that Geoff Wragg has died. A great trainer and a lovely man. 87

These headlines rather stumped me… ‘’I'm totally speechless  .... Mr Bass is beyond AMAZING’’

''Mr Bass didn't want to miss out on the celebrations so he had a cheeky sip of Pol Roger Champagne''

Still in shock I read on.. It was not my teetotal stable jockey David who was the subject of the conversation... it was the horse Mr Bass ridden by Laura Collett who finished second at the Blenheim Horse Trials.

We have a runner this afternoon at lovely Worcester. Billy Elliott runs and David Bass rides...for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

A young woman brought her fiancé home to meet her parents. After dinner, her mother told her father to find out about the young man. The father invited the fiancé to his study for a talk.

"So, what are your plans?" the father asked the young man.

"I am a biblical scholar," he replied.

"A biblical scholar, hmmm?" the father said. "Admirable, but what will you do to provide a nice house for my daughter to live in?"

"I will study," the young man replied, "and God will provide for us."

"And how will you buy her a beautiful engagement ring, such as she deserves?" asked the father.

"I will concentrate on my studies," the young man replied, "God will provide for us."

"And children?" asked the father. "How will you support children?"

"Don't worry, sir, God will provide," replied the fiancé.

The conversation proceeded like this, and each time the father questioned, the young idealist insisted that God would provide.

Later, the mother asked, "How did it go, honey?"

The father answered, "He has no job and no plans, and he thinks I'm God."

Happy birthdays to Champion flat jockey Ryan Moore, who won his first St Leger on Saturday, and one of Irish racings greatest characters Mick O'Toole