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19th October 2023

Plus 12 and raining when driving in. Wet overnight.. 23 mm. Storm Babet..

Wet yesterday afternoon in Kingsclere..Peter Kerr and I went over to see Andrew Balding’s Tattersalls horses in training sales horses...

With all this rain around it would be sad to see Ascot's big Champions Day ruined by heavy ground.. Potentially such good racing..

Willie Mullins has announced that Energumene will miss this season..

Sad to read, but again it shows how difficult it can be to keep these top racechorses, like human athletes, in one piece throughout their careers..

Wyn and Helen Thomas and Terry and Jean Evans were here for a morning on the gallops and breakfast..They purchased this MOTG at a charity auction for Tiggystrust at Cheltenham Races.. Tiggy Hancock..

You have seen David Bass's interview now it is My turn to 'take the reins.'.

During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, "How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old peoples home?"

"Well," he said, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub."

"Oh, I understand," I said. "A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup."

"No" he said. "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"