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21st March 2017

Plus 2 and dry when driving in.

Milord finally won a race. I don’t mean his first race but he has not won for a while and yesterday at Taunton he did the business well..

Helen Hibbert was the only representative of the KBRP who own Milord so she had special treatment and proudly led her horse in to the winners enclosure assisted by the ever hard working Peter Kerr who runs all my partnerships.

Anyway patience is important in racing and Milord's other KBRP members have certainly been that so well done to Norman Carter, Vince Burmingham, Kit Fleming, Mark Hudson, David Price, Tim Richardson and Michael Wilkes..Henry Morshead again showed that he is good value for his 7lb and looks to ride better than his father!

Helen Hibbert emailed..

''Congratulations and thanks to you and the team. You picked the right race and distance, Leigh turned him out beautifully, Henry gave him the right ride (and was really helpful to Leigh, both before and after the race), and Peter generously went on being Peter, in spite of some trying circumstances not connected to Milord.

Thanks also to those who look after him at the yard and don't see the fun on the day. Not sure who organised the sunshine, but that was great, too. Oh, and of course, Milord himself.

It also made me think that maybe owners aren't always sufficiently grateful in general - even on those days when nothing goes right the same amount of work goes into caring for our horses, and the disappointment is not just ours.

I hope that everyone at the yard knows that we really appreciate their hard work and dedication, and that the trophies are really theirs.''

Thanks Helen..Sadly I was not at Taunton as I was further up north at sunny (yes) Southwell where Texas Forever was most disappointing.. One more chance for him otherwise he will be heading for a new career.

An early start to Lambourn when I took Cresswell Legend and Minella Warrior away for an away day.

John aand Veronica Full were here third lot to see their KBRP horses Blazon, Chateau Robin, Ascotdeux Nellerie and their Racing For Maggies Charity Horses Another Venture and Biscuit.

Graham Potts our vet was in for his Tuesday visit

This week movers and shakers in the BHA weekly handicap charts are..

Charbel up 7 to 154 (a double whammy of bad luck and not very helpful when you have fallen at the second last! and obviously the handicapper wasn't that impressed as Altior has been dropped 2lbs to 168), My Cousin Rachel down 2 to 95 and Un Ace down 2 to 135. 

Interestingly enough Paul Nicholls' Wonderful Charm who finished second in the Foxhunters has been dropped 11lbs to 142.

We have three runners today at Exeter and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Sandra Arkwright who I saw at Southwell (part owns Texas Forever and Diva Reconce) sent this over..

An elderly couple had just learned how to send text messages on their mobile phones.

The wife was a romantic type and the husband was more of a no-nonsense guy.

One afternoon the wife went out to meet a friend for coffee.

She decided to send her husband a romantic text message and she wrote:

"If you are sleeping, send me your dreams.

If you are laughing, send me your smile.

If you are eating, send me a bite.

If you are drinking, send me a sip.

If you are crying, send me your tears. 

I love you."

The husband texted back to her:  

"I'm on the loo. Please advise.

To finish.. welcome Sandy Dudgeon from Hong Kong.. a new reader.. makes 4.. One more than TNDGB's?

I also had a long converstaion last night with Champion trainer Paul Nicholls..