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23rd December 2017

Plus 9, grey, damp and mild when driving in.

It was very mild at Ascot yesterday.. Winter weather it was not.

I am a huge fan of Ascot, and they do this Christmas meeting well. The whole racecourse was full of Christmas cheer.

The Clancy clan, plus Oli Bell, or as they are officially known as 'May We Never Be Found Out Partnership' had a good day out as their horse Two For Gold showed great promise in the bumper to finish 6th.

It was possibly the best bumper I have seen and as the Racing UK commentator said after the race, any of the first six could be future Cheltenham festival winners... I hope he is right.

TFG put up a far better performance yesterday than when winning at Southwell .. yes a horse with an exciting future as he is only 4 and a huge horse.

At Uttoxeter Glenforde was second.. He looked all over the winner until after the last.. Annoying.

The journey home from both meetings was very easy.. no traffic..We were told it was going to be the busiest day on the roads of the year..I wish they were always like that..

David Bass was in this morning to ride out a couple of lots. Robert Bevis was in to jump Charbel

Saturday morning and Boxing Day declarations have to be done by 10.

Jason Maguire called in to see The Rooney horses and walk his dog up the gallops.

The local hunt meet here at 11 for their Christmas get together. They like nothing better than galloping around following a trail over all the big fences here at Thorndale..Personally I think most are mad as they jump some huge fences with gay abandon..

Archie home today for Christmas so his Mum is happy as of course is his Dad.. He has been a very lucky boy to have had 10 days in Dubai playing cricket on some of the best pitches around, including under floodlights. His team won the overall competition..

Staff party tonight...

This email arrived in my in box from Terry Davies


Just a line to thank you for your entertaining blog which keeps me amused every morning. I always enjoy reading your jokes, and they've been re- told  many times when I'm out with the boys.

This afternoon is our walking football Christmas party where instead of booking a comedian, everyone has to stand up and tell a joke. Unfortunately they have to be fairly clean so that limits things !

This is the one I'm thinking of using. I can't remember where I heard it, and it may even be one of yours, but it's still a classic:

Fred gets home from the pub a bit early one night to find his wife sitting up in bed.

"You're early" she says.

"I got fed up listening to Harry the milkman boasting that he's slept with every woman on our street.....apart from one" he replies.

His wife looks puzzled for a while, then she smiles and nods before relying "That'll be that stuck up cow from number 9".

Finally trainer Hughie Morrison escapes a ban and technically is proved innocent.Rightly so too.. But this case leaves many ramifications for the sport as a whole..Racing Posts report..

Have a great weekend all and a very Happy Christmas..