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20th November 2020

Plus 3 and dry when driving in..

Two hours to Wincanton.. This lockdown has not had a huge effect on the weight of traffic.. almost as busy as normal.

Lots Of Luck finished 3rd . He probably ran the best race ever and we were delighted. The ground was certainly faster than he had been on before and they went a really good gallop.. Jumping the last we hoped, but it was not to be.. No disgrace.

Up at Market Rasen.. Minella Warrior finished down the field.. But Johnny Burke (his jockey) was actually happy with him.. The course was too tight and we were worried that yesterday might have been his last race, but JB was adamant that there was more to come as his confidence (the horses) is coming back .. Good news..

Driving round the country is all well and good, but sadly when you arrive at the races it is only a fleeting meeting of owners.. Nothing like the good old days.. remember them.. bars full and queuing for a drink!

I have now been driving an electric car for 9 months and all I can tell you is things are going to have to improve hugely in 10 years to justify taking the whole country electric.

As much as I adore driving my Tesla, it is not for the fainthearted, as you really do have to plan your journey..

Journeys to the likes of Wincanton are easy as I have enough electricity to do the round journey, but if for example Paul Nicholls asked me to Ditcheat for a drink after racing I would have to refuse as I would almost certainly run out of juice.. Unless he was able to top me up? So an electric car does have its down falls.

Journeys to courses like Ascot are fine as there are superchargers on the motorways and frankly a 30 minute stop for a pee, coffee and catch up on emails is not a stupid idea. But doing long journeys off the motorways then you have to panic..

So all these promises makes you wonder how they are going to make my job easier by going fully electric..Not in my time I fear.

One of the best chasers in Ireland Presenting Percy won yesterday at Thurles..

Presenting Percy is by the sire Sir Percy and on that very happy note Peter Kerr has just started selling shares in the Sir Percy 3 year old Gelding we have here.. He is a cracker.. A fine big strong horse with a great walk and looks the type to win a bumper before he goes hurdling.. For more information please ring Peter on 07901763643

I did a Skype conference call with the Racing Post for ‘What A Shout’ between first and second lot this morning.. interesting

I am Ascot bound to saddle The Edgar Wallace and Wandrin Star while Mat will be driving his thirsty 4x4 to Chepstow to saddle I Cant Explain.. For my thought on their chances please click here.

Normally at this Ascot meeting I buy my Injured Jockeys Fund Christmas Cards.. Yet another Charity missing out due to this Covid situation..

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