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23rd January 2018

Plus 8 and drizzling when driving in.

Have you noticed how the evenings are at long last becoming lighter? 'Evening stables' are no longer completely in the dark, which is such a relief.

'Evening stables'.. my team return from having a few hours off (the morning finishes at 12.30) and come back into the yard at 3.30; they  muck all their horses out and then they take their rugs off and brush them over i.e. taking any left over mud or sweat off..Mat and I then go around the yard looking at every horse, feeling legs for any change or heat (signs of a problem) and then at 5.00 Sinead starts feeding. Lights out at 5.30....Daily routine..

I am always being asked why we start so early..Sadly with 4 lots to be ridden out and racing to go to you need to be up early to get through the day. I like to see as many horses as possible exercise before going racing and during the height of the winter racing starts early hence I often have to leave here at 9 or soon after..

Talking racing we have two runners today. Ben Arthur heads to Wetherby (racing goes ahead) while Rusmuc Relay has his first run for us at Leicester; For my thoughts on their chances please click here.

This weeks movers and shaker in the BHA handicap charts are...Knockanrawley down 1 to 132, (hardly generous) Sainte Ladylime up 2 to 135, First Flow up 5 to 144 while Vinndication enters at 141.

No vet visit today.. tomorrow..

Something different this evening.. a bit of radio work..Cheltenham Clerk of the course Simon Claisse and valet and ex jockey Chris Maude and I are appearing (not that you will see us ) on BBC Radio Gloucester at 6pm tonight to discuss this coming Saturdays Cheltenham Festival Trials Day.. From there I'm heading to a Racing Welfare Reception at Cheltenham Racecourse.

20 years ago racing lost a true gentleman in John Durkan. John was about to start training when he died and his first horse would have been Istabraq. John was not only a good mate but a good jockey and used to buy horses for me.. Time flies and we all miss John.. His race still runs in his memory..

Bloody hell we have a another really good tennis player..Kyle Edmund's reaches the semi's


A mother and father take their 6-year old son to a family nude beach...

As the boy walks along the sand, he notices that many of the women have boobs bigger than his mother's, so he goes back to ask her why.

She tells her son, 'The bigger they are, the sillier the lady is.'

The boy, pleased with the answer, goes to play in the ocean but returns to tell his mother that many of the men have larger things than his dad does.

She replies, 'The bigger they are, the dumber the man is'

Again satisfied with her answer, the boy goes back to the ocean to play

Shortly thereafter, the boy returns and promptly tells his mother:

'Daddy is talking to the silliest lady on the beach, and the longer he talks, the dumber he gets.

Water activity and dogs...?