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20th December 2017
Plus 5 and dry when driving in but very foggy..
Yesterday was day of saying goodbye.
Peter Walwyn’s funeral in Lambourn was a huge event. In Ireland Noel O’Brien the Senior Irish jumps handicapper died.
Both were remarkable men and both will be remembered for all that they did for racing.
Noel was far too young but the dreaded cancer got him.. Noel was one of those old fashioned handicappers who would listen and talk about his thoughts on your horses and was helpful. Although we did not see much of him here, bar the big meetings, he was a special man and Clare and I always enjoyed seeing and talking to him. Both Peter and Noel will be missed.
David Bass was in this morning. We worked a few and schooled Bandon Roc, Rhaegar, Glenfode, Little Chunk,Mon Plaois, Dandy Dan, Ben Arthur, Milord, Alfie's Choice, Braw Angus, First Flow, Laval Noir and Thumb Stone Blues. A video of second lot working can be seen here and of the horses schooling here.
Carol Bailey called in second lot to see her KBRP horses Blazon and Our Belle Amie and her Racing For Maggies horses Another Venture and Biscuit.
Amazing to think that this time last week we were under a foot of snow and now it has all gone..
Gone has the snow at Ludlow where we run Wandrin Star, Diva Reconce and Thibault.. Mat is heading to Newbury to saddle Abbreviate and Lake Field and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.
Abbreviate is owned by Keith Ellis who is our owner of the month.
Hughie Morrison heads to day two of his enquiry.. Hughie is a trainer of high integrity and this case is certainly interesting and I really don’t believe he is remotely guilty..
A woman was at her hairdresser's getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband..
She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:" Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded and dirty. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?"
"We're taking Continental," was the reply. "We got a great rate!"
"Continental?" exclaimed the hairdresser. "That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they're always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?"
"We'll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome's Tiber River called Teste."
"Don't go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks it’s going to be something special and exclusive, but it's really a dump."
"We're going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope."
"That's rich," laughed the hairdresser. "You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it."
A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo.
The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome.
"It was wonderful," explained the woman, "not only were we on time in one of Continental's brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot..
And the hotel was great! They'd just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it's a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner's suite at no extra charge!"
"Well," muttered the hairdresser, "that's all well and good, but I know you didn't get to see the Pope"
"Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me.
Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me.."
"Oh, really! What'd he say?"
He said: "Who fucked up your hair?"
To finish..Germans certainly know how to do a great advert..Click here to watch...