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20th November 2019

Plus 5 and dry when driving in.

Imperial Aura winning at Fakenham yesterday was not fun to watch..

A three horse race over fences at 1/25 ON.. That was the shortest price ever for one of my horses. IA only had to jump round to win.. Easy.. ?

David Bass jumped IA off in front to avoid any problems..

The second favourite at 10/1 unseated his rider at the second fence and from that moment the race became a horror to watch as the lose horse was upsides us, in behind and then going in front and running out, all with IA and David Bass watching.

It was never going to be plain sailing and then one mistake set my heart thumping..

In the end Imperial Aura won, he never came out of first gear and job done. Happy and relieved owners.

Ian Robinson who heads up Imperial Racing has now visited every racecourse in the country.

David Bass was in this morning.

We worked a few and jumped Prince Llywelyn, Fubar, Sadlemor, Adjourned, Two For Gold , Hes No Trouble, Lots Of Luck and First Flow.

Watch the lots here: First Lot, Second Lot

David and Fran Ratcliffe were here second lot to see their KBRP horses  Vinndication, Silver Kayf, Arthurs Sixpence  and Voyburg

Third lot Nick and Shan Cook and John and Mandy Battershall were here third lot to see their KBRP horse Younevercall who is up with Jason Maguire's Ivy Lodge Farm recovering from a hair line fracture picked up when he ran at Royal Ascot .. John is also involved in the KBRP horse Lord Apparelli.

We have three runners today. Subway Surf and Aliandy head to Warwick and Donnie Brasco heads to Chepstow and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

One of the great ladies of racing died on Sunday. Bridget Bengough. A remarkable lady who won the International Figure Skating Championships in 1949 and was married to Sir Piers..Thoughts to sons Andrew and Jonathan..

Clare and I joined Oli and Panda Christie for supper in The Wheatsheaf last night.. It was excellent. A rare night out for Clare, who is still sporting her neck brace, and is liklely to be doing so for possibly a further 6 months.

We love our children

While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old.

Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, 'Are you a cop?

Yes,' I answered and continued writing the report.

My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?'

'Yes, that's right,' I told her.

'Well, then,' she said as she extended her foot toward me, 'would you please tie my shoe?'