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21st May 2016

Plus 12 and raining when driving in.

Supper last night with Martin and Sarah Lowe near Ross On Wye.. Part owners in the Turf Club leased Pulling Power last season.

Jockeys David Bass, Richie McLernon, Robert Bellamy and Alfie Martindale all in this morning.

We worked Jimmy The Jetplane, Sunblazer, Sonneofpresenting, Aunty Ann, Monkhouse, Policy Breach, Watcombe Heights, The Tamure gelding and the rest cantered

We jumped Milord and Sonneofpresenting over fences.

More horses out to grass.

More staff off on their holidays..

We have two runners over the weekend.

I am heading to Newmarket today with Forgotten Hero while Peter Kerr is heading To Nottingham tomorrow with Nam Hai.. Two flat runners both ridden by ex jump jockeys.. Dougie Costello today and Willie Twiston Davies tomorrow. For my thoughts on their respective chances please click here.

Very soft ground at Auteuil today where their big hurdle race the Prix la Barka has 13 runners of which 8 are from the UK or Ireland..

Now here is something novel for those who feel they would like to take a new role in life.

I have been email by Robbie Hamilton

I work for Hat Trick Television Productions (we’re best known for making Have I Got News For You) and we are currently casting for a new family based documentary series. I would hugely appreciate it if you could forward our casting information (attached below) on to your horse owners (or anyone else that comes to mind) in case it might spark anyone’s interest. If you’d like any more information don’t hesitate to ask.

Hat Trick Productions are currently looking for families to take part in a new documentary series for Channel 5 that will explore the growing wealth divide in Britain. Each episode will see two families with very different incomes swap homes and budgets for one week.

This is a prime time slot and we are looking for families who want to experience the way the other half live and to show their children the different values of life.

It’s very topical subject matter but should also be a fun and informative experience with a really warm hearted tone – something which both families can take something valuable away from. The age old question of whether money buys you happiness will be a constant theme, we’re looking to gain a real insight into how incomes inform family lives.

We’re currently on the search for adventurous families at the upper end of the income spectrum, with at least one child still living at home. If you’re interested in finding out more and potentially taking part, then please email or call 0207 184 5775. You can also find us on Twitter at @FamilySwapDoc or on

There must be somebody reading this who would like to give this a go?

The fact that there is a 'Highway to Hell' and only a 'Stairway to Heaven' says a great deal about the anticipated traffic numbers..

See you Monday..