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27th March 2017

Plus 4 and dry when driving in. Back to dark mornings..and foggy ones..

I have to say I was delighted with the KBRP Silver Kayf’s run at Newbury on Saturday; he finished a fast finishing third in a very competitive Goffs Sales listed bumper.

Yesterday morning confirmed that when the Racing Post put him up he was the horse to take away from the days meeting as one to follow when he goes hurdling next season.

Over at Bangor Biscuit was third in her bumper and her team from Racing For Maggies loved their day and thought Bangor was great .. especially the new owners and trainers area. Top racecourse.

Both racecourses looked after my owners well on Saturday. What a difference it makes.

Yesterday we had a quiet one and the first BBQ of the year. You cannot beat England in the spring when the sun is warm enough to enjoy. My daughter Pandora also enjoyed her day as she added another Grand National Trophy to the Bailey household when winning the Isle Of Wight Grand National on Offshore Account.. Well done Panda..

Monday morning and fresh horses.. good to see.

I am heading to Market Rasen to watch Monkhouse run and for my thoughts on his chances please click here.

There is also racing at Plumpton today and it is one of their charity days..

If you watched the Opening Show on Saturday you would have seen or heard Alice Plunkett talk about young James Clarkson,,

James who is 11 years old, is at school at Blundells (near Tiverton) where in his year they are encouraged to do a charitable fund raising event.

James loves hunting and is mad about racing and so he wanted to do something in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund.

He also loves running and so he dreamed up this idea of running around all the English Racecourses in one week.. James then persuaded Ed (his father) to take a week off work to drive him round the country.

It all starts with Plumpton today. I wish James the best of luck and we hope Archie Bailey will join him and run at least one racecourse with him.

James has done virtually all the planning (working out schedules, contacting racecourses etc).. If you would like to support James and the Injured Jockey Fund then please click here..

Leighs Blog..

''Busy week last week, racing every day!! Some long but fun days. We have been lucky enough to win 7 best turned out prizes this week out of 13 runners. All racecourses are generous with their turnout prize, ranging from £30 to £50 a time. It is a good incentive for the lads to make their horses look smart; although our standards are always very high and they look smart whether there is a turnout prize or not. I think it is important for the horses to look smart, especially for the owners who appreciate that we have made an effort.  The owners commenting on how good their horse looks is as satisfying as if we have won turnout.  We have now won 76 turnout prizes this season.

I was at Exeter again this week. I do not want to keep commenting on the poor service in the canteen but again it was disappointing. We had to wait a long time for food at Chepstow too. I think they make things difficult for themselves and give themselves too much to do. Surely they know the amount of people they are going to serve and when they will be coming in, There must be an easier/quicker way of serving food!!

The Boss always makes sure he rehomes any retired horses to experienced people who will give them a new lease of life and a new career.  Through social media it is possible to stay in contact with horses we had in training and find out what they are doing, it also helps them as I can give them information on how the horse used to be.  I was very impressed to see Snowmane, who only raced once for us after coming off the flat, and was retired due to a wind problem, coming third in his first dressage competition yesterday. He has been hunting and showjumping but he is showing real promise in dressage, and at 6 years old his future is bright.''

Not sure this was an email to expect early on a Monday morning from somebody called Reba Mclaughlin.. ''Do you want to see my naked selfies? If you msg me back, I will be more than happy to share my kinky goodies with you!''