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20th April 2021

Minus 1 and dry when driving in.

Shocking news hit our racing world yesterday when it was announced that Lorna Brooke had died as a result of the injuries she sustained in a fall at Taunton 10 days ago...Deepest thoughts for her family and friends..

Market Rasen..Flat racing!

Taking two horses all that way and the low sun makes the course take half the fences and hurdles out.. Neither Shinobi or Arthurs Sixpence were suited by turning their races into a flat race.

Shinobi was outpaced as soon as the tapes went up and Arthurs would have gone close if he had fences to jump.. he finished 4th..

David Bass was in this morning to give El Presente and I Cant Explain a jump over fences.. EP is due to run at Sandown on Saturday.

We are hoping that this time next week David and I will be in Ireland.. First Flow, all being well, heads there to run in their Champion Chase.. tough call indeed, almost as tough as trying to get horse, rider and trainer there..The combination of Brexit and Covid..

This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts were..Grey Flint down 5 to 100, Hes No Trouble down 1 to 124, Java Point down 1 to 120, Yeavering Belle down 1 to 126 and Gerard Mentor enters at 90.

We will be walking Worcester this afternoon...

I have used this before but why not as it is so true.. Alan Hill sent it over..

I mowed the lawn today, and after doing so

I sat down and had a cold beer.

The day was really quite beautiful, and the drink facilitated some deep thinking.

My wife walked by and asked me what I was doing, and I said, "Nothing."

The reason I said "nothing" instead of saying "just thinking" is because she then would have asked, "About what?"

At that point I would have had to explain that men are deep thinkers about various topics, which would lead to other questions.

Finally I pondered an age old question: Is giving birth more painful than getting kicked in the nuts?

Women always maintain that giving birth is way more painful than a guy getting kicked in the nuts, but how could they know?

Well, after another beer, and some more heavy deductive thinking, I have come up with an answer to that question.

Getting kicked in the nuts is more painful than having a baby, and even though I obviously couldn't really know, here is the reason for my conclusion:

A year or so after giving birth, a woman will often say, "It might be nice to have another child."

But you never hear a guy say, "You know, I think I would like another kick in the nuts."

I rest my case.

Time for another beer.  Then maybe a nap.

Todays non virus video nasty..