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20th February 2018

Plus 6 and dry when driving in.

What I did not like when driving in was seeing the headlines of the Daily Mail (I don’t read the paper) on the newspaper stand at the garage in Andoversford.. 2 weeks of very cold weather sweeping in from Russia.. Frankly the words sweeping in from Russia were bad enough, let alone -8 for two weeks.. Lets hope it is false news..

Mr Macho and Time For Another had an away day and all being well their last before they run.

Tough going at Lingfield yesterday and Ben Arthur finished 4th.

Ben Arthur was upped 5lbs for finishing second last time but sadly he won't come down the 5 for being beaten that far..Probably another 3 runs to come back down to a possible winning mark again.. You can see why owners become frustrated with handicapping..

David Bass required a lift back to Lambourn from Lingfield. A rare time in the car with him and valuable time too, even if he did mention that he did not read my blog and tried his best to make sure others did not too..He then asked who was the lady I was with in the photo yesterday (rather ruined his guise?) When I said she had just won a medal at the Winter Olympics it went completely over his head.. who?

Vince Burmingham was here third lot.. good to see him as he has not been down for a while.. Vince was here to see his KBRP horses Commodore Barry, Milord, Knockanrawley, Chateau Robin, Silver Kayf and Dusty Pearl.

Graham Potts our vet was in this morning..

This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts are..Harry Topper down 3 to 137 and Mon Palois down 3 to 122,

We have two runners today at Wetherby. Rosmuc Relay and Bandon Roc and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Tim Syder, Francis Reid and Graham Whateley all sent me this ..

There seems to be a little confusion over the distinction between Guts and Balls

We have all used the expression that someone ‘has guts’ or ‘has balls’. However do you know the difference between the expressions?

Here's the official distinction; taken directly from the Lancet: Volume 323; page 295.

GUTS - Is arriving home late, after a night out with the lads, being met by your wife with a broom, and having the guts to ask: Are you still cleaning or are you flying somewhere?

BALLS - Is arriving home late after a night out, smelling of perfume, lipstick on your collar, slapping your wife on the backside and having the balls to say: "You're next, Chubby"

I trust this clears up any confusion.

Medically speaking, there is no difference in the outcome; both are fatal.