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20th December 2016

Plus 3, foggy and dry when driving in.

Frustrating.. Sorry Patrick Bailey (no relation) but another second was not want I wanted.. Positive thoughts are that all the three horses ran well yesterday.

Dueling Banjos who finished 3rd needs a more galloping course and back in trip. Texas Forever ran a blinder and finished second. Our bumper runner Our Belle Amie also ran well to finish 5th. All are OK this morning.

Texas Forever finishing second was a relief as his owners Nanette Sellars and Philip and Sandra Arkwright have not had much to shout about since joining me as owners.

Yes they are great company but yesterday we saw light at the end of their horse racing tunnel which gave them a reason to celebrate. Texas Forever was the Racing Post’s eye catcher of the day.. sadly the handicapper will have seen that too and will penalise him for such a good run.. yes the pitfalls of being second.

Early to Lambourn this morning with Glenforde and The Milan/Green Star gelding; we also worked with another horse who I am interested in.

Then it was off to Yeovil to see a horse whose owner has been 'pestering' me to see.. Pestering probably the wrong word but every time I have a runner in that direction I am asked to go and see him.. Finally made it! You should always look... as you never know what you might find?

Then on to Taunton where we have one runner. For my thoughts on Bandon Roc and Henry Morshead’s chances please click here.

Bill Foylan was here to see Grand March this morning. David and Carol Crompton called in to see their KBRP horse Fifty Bob.

Graham Potts our vet was in this morning as usual while this weeks movers and shakers in the handicap charts are.. Abbreviate up 3 to 125, Another Venture new mark of 120, Battle Dust down 2 to 118, Coco des Champs down 3 to 109, Rocky's Treasure enters at 117 and Sunblazer down 1 to 94.

Ellie Morrison called in to discuss work experience for next summer.. I always try and take on youngsters who want to have a go and try some work experience here. They are the future staff..

Leigh's blog.

''An easy trip up the road to Hereford yesterday. It has a lovely large stable yard plenty of room. It is close to the Pre parade ring too, which makes it easier if you need to saddle one in the stables.

The canteen is fine, I think it was a bit of an after thought when the refurbishment was done, but it is improving. The choice is not great though. I had stew and chips which was nice and filling but the girls that were with me just wanted something small and quick and struggled to find anything as they had stopped doing bacon etc by 1:00 and didn't have much else on offer.

Down to Taunton today for one in the first. I haven't been there yet this season but I remember it not being my favourite place!! ''

A Police Officer was patrolling late at night off the main highway.

At nearly midnight, he sees a couple in a car, in Lovers' Lane, with the interior light brightly glowing.

He carefully approaches the car to get a closer look.

Then he sees a young man behind the wheel, reading a computer magazine.

He immediately notices a young woman in the rear seat, filing her fingernails.

Puzzled by this surprising situation, the Officer walks to the car and gently raps on the driver's window.

The young man lowers his window. "Uh, yes, Officer?"

The trooper asks: "What are you doing?"

The young man says: "Well, Officer, I'm reading a magazine."

Pointing towards the young woman in the back seat the Officer says: "And, her, what is she doing?"

The young man shrugs: "Sir, I believe she's filing her fingernails." Now, the trooper is totally confused.

A young couple, alone, in a car, at night in Lover's Lane and nothing obscene is happening!

The trooper asks: "What's your age, young man?"

The young man says: "I'm 22, sir."

The trooper asks: "And her, what's her age?"

The young man looks at his watch and replies: "She'll be 18 in 11 minutes."