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19th April 2019

Plus 6 and dry when driving in. There was stunning sunrise this morning.

Yeavering Belle was nearly stunning too yesterday in the bumper at Cheltenham. As at Warwick she jumped off in front and virtually made all. She was still in front half way up the straight, but by the winning post two had come past her.. she finished third, beaten a total of a length and a half.

It was a cracking good run and this race franked the form of both Subway Surf and Shantou Express as the winner and second narrowly beat those two. Although small, this mare does not lack for guts… And she jumps for fun..

This mare is owned by Ian and Tocky McKie and leased to The Belle Stars..Yes The Belle Stars team are going to have fun with her over hurdles nest season.

Diamond Gait who was meant to have run in the first yesterday was found to be lame with a stone bruise on Wednesday evening when she came back in from being turned out in the field.

Annoyingly we could not get her sound in time.. She will be fine in a few days but it does mean her season is over. Norman Carter her owner was so looking forward to see her run..... Horses!

There was a good crowd at Cheltenham yesterday and an all girls day (mare and fillies only races) produced some great racing.

Friday morning and Good Friday.. No racing for us.

Simon Keane called in second lot to see his horse Cotteemcavennigoal and his KBRP horse Pond Road.

Martyn and Sandra Steer-Fowler were also here to see their homebreds Miss Gemstone and their latest Midnight Legend 4 year old filly out of Black Collar.

Warren and Vicky Bolton were here third lot to see their KBRP horses Donnie Brasco and Balleticon.

Brendan Conneely was also here third lot to see his KBRP horses Donnie Brasco, Mergeela and Yeavering Belle.

I am heading back to Cheltenham today for the Pony Racing day at the racecourse..

There are 11 races and I am sponsoring the first two races. Sadly Archie is not riding as his pony has a dirty trachea wash and is off games..

Those owners of any racehorses reading this might like to realise how difficult it can be just to get your horse to the track..

Archie’s pony is probably the best looked after horse or pony in the country (Mrs B) and he sadly is still is not healthy enough to run. He lives out in a field and has never left Thorndale...

Good Friday and if you are near Lambourn or Middleham their yards are open today.

An elderly man on a Moped, looking about 100 years old, pulls up next to a doctor at a street light.

The old man looks over at the sleek shiny car and asks, 'What kind of car you got there, sonny ?'

The doctor replies, 'A Ferrari GTO.  It cost half a million dollars ! '

'That's a lot of money,' says the old man.  'Why does it cost so much?'

'Because this car can do up to 320 miles an hour!' states the doctor proudly.

The Moped driver asks, 'Mind if I take a look inside?'  'No problem,' replies the doctor.

So the old man pokes his head in the window and looks around.  Then, sitting back on his Moped, the old man says, 'That's a pretty nice car, all right... But I'll stick with my Moped !'

Just then the light changes, so the doctor decides to show the old man just what his car can do.  He floors it, and within 30 seconds. The speedometer reads 160 mph.

Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rear view mirror. It seems to be getting closer!

He slows down to see what it could be and suddenly WHOOOOSSSHHH!  Something whips by him going much faster !

'What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari ?' the doctor asks himself.

He presses harder on the accelerator and takes the Ferrari up to 250 mph.

Then, up ahead of him, he sees that it's the old man on the Moped!

Amazed that the Moped could pass his Ferrari, he gives it more gas and passes the Moped at 275 mph and he's feeling pretty good until he looks in his mirror and sees the old man gaining on him AGAIN!

Astounded by the speed of this old guy, he floors the gas pedal and takes the Ferrari all the way up to 320 mph.

Not ten seconds later, he sees the Moped bearing down on him again! The Ferrari is flat out, and there's nothing he can do!

Suddenly, the Moped plows into the back of his Ferrari, demolishing the rear end.

The doctor stops and jumps out and unbelievably the old man is still alive.

He runs up to the banged-up old guy and says, 'I'm a doctor.... Is there anything I can do for you?'

The old man whispers, 'Unhook my braces from your side view mirror!'.