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20th June 2017

Plus 16 and dry when driving in.

David Bass and Nick Sutton were in to ride work on Forgotten Hero and Such A Legend.

David Ratcliffe was here early this morning to see his promising KBRP horse Silver Kayf.. SK is currently sunning himself down in Andoversford.. hardly Majorca but the temperature is about the same.

Yesterday afternoon, after seeing Call Claude at Michael and Mary Dulverton’s I nipped in to Cheltenham smartened myself up with a hair cut in preparation for pushing my top hat on this morning.

Yes the first dayof Royal Ascot and probably the best of the five days racing quality wise. Peter Kerr and I are heading there for what will no doubt be a long day.

Big day for David and Julie Martin as they have a fancied runner in the Coventry Stakes...Nebo, who won his only start at Newbury, is an exciting prospect; a fine big colt by Kodiac who might well look big enough to go jumping… I think it will be very unlikely he will be joining their current string of jumpers headed by Charbel, especially if he wins or is even placed this afternoon.

No runners for us this year although jump trainers are out in forces in the Ascot Stakes where 6 full time jump trainers have runners.

Sad to hear that one of jump racings most stalwart owner breeders has died. John Sumner owned and bred many good horses with Captain Forster and then Henry Daly including Dublin Flyer.

Graham Potts was in for his usual vet visit and this weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts are..Milord down 5 on the flat to 77

Climbing Roses :  You can’t completely trust Google..............

Oh what a tangled language English is and how easy it is to misconstrue......

A man takes a lady out to dinner for the first time. Later they go on to a show.

The evening is a huge success and as he drops her at her door he says 'I have had a lovely time. You looked so beautiful, you remind me of a beautiful climbing rose. May I call on you tomorrow?'

She agrees and a date is made.

The next night he knocks on her door and when she opens it she slaps him hard across the face.

He is stunned. 'What was that for?' he asked.

She said that she had looked up "beautiful climbing rose" on Google last night and it said:

“Best suited for rooting against a brick wall or fence, no good in an open bed."