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24th May 2016

Plus 7 and sunny when driving in. What a lovely month May is when it was like it was this morning.. This green and pleasant land we live in.

Tom Bellamy was in to ride work on Policy Breach with Mikey Hamill on our intended Royal Ascot runner Sunblazer.

This weeks movers and shakers in the handicap charts are. Trojan Star down 1 to 108, Such A Legend down 1 to 123, Boy In A Bentley down 6 to 120, Patsys Castle down 6 to 117, Jimmy The Jetplane enters at 132 while Net Work Rouge goes up 5 to 125 for finishing second!!

I headed over mid morning to see my youngsters at Martin Jones. Martin breaks all my horses in and he has 3 gelding and 2 fillies that he is currently working on.

We have one runner tonight at Southwell and for my thoughts on Grand March's chances please click here.

Mike Dewar and I walked up our all weather gallop yesterday to look at what we are going to do with repairs and topping up during the summer months (when it is not being used so often)..Bigger turning circles, more surface in places etc which led me to this..Mainland Aggregates recently published an infographic entitled, "Equestrian Arena Costs: New vs Recycled".Click to read.

Cheltenham is a great town to be near and many of my owners enjoy visiting the yard while staying in Cheltenham to enjoy its delights..or visa versa.. 

Norman Carter who owns Sunblazer and Rhianna is not only moving closer he also spent Saturday in the town and this is his report..

Beaumont House Hotel, excellent, couldn't fault it... friendly, clean, comfortable and a good breakfast ... just 20 mins walk to the Promenade

No 131 ... what great food and good service.

Horace Barton for Royal Ascot wear...Giles very helpful.

Peter Kerr and I have started a New Kim Bailey Racing Partnership horse.. Click here for all the information...

The BHA faces possibly its most difficult day in its history.. The Jim Best case .. Humiliation ahead?

With that in mind I thought this to be suitable...

An Engineer dies and goes to Hell. Dissatisfied with the level of comfort, he starts designing and building improvements.

After a while, Hell has air conditioning, flush toilets and escalators. The engineer is a pretty popular guy.

One day God calls and asks Satan, "So, how's it going down there?" Satan says, "Hey things are going great.

We've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and there's no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next."

God is horrified. "What? You've got an engineer? That's a mistake - he should never have gone down there!

You know all engineers go to Heaven. Send him up here! "

Satan says, "No way. I like having an engineer on the staff. I'm keeping him."

God says, "Send him back up here or I'll sue."

"Yeah, right," Satan laughs, "and where are you going to get a lawyer?"