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24th January 2018

Plus 12 and wet when driving in. Blowing a gale and branches down everywhere.

Rosmuc Relay is a very odd name for a horse.. I am sure somebody will be able to tell me why he was given that name in Ireland.

Winning horses and their names, however odd, are remembered and I very much hope Rosmuc Relay will be too, and for all the right reasons.

Rosmuc Relay was very green and showed even at his late age of 6 that he was a baby, if that makes sense… A late developer..

He spooked at the Racing UK cameras in the paddock, to the extent that presenter Stewart Machin shot out of the paddock to avoid being crushed; then David Bass his jockey was nearly deposited twice on the way down to the start.. David  gave RR a slap down the shoulder to make him pull himself together and then RR nearly bolted with him…

The race went according to plan in the Somme like conditions. RR is a brilliant jumper and came to the last upsides when one fell, hampering the other runner.. Personally I don’t think it made any difference bar the fact it would not have been 19 lengths that RR went past the post in front of the second horse, while the third, who is certainly one to note on better ground, was 8 lengths further back.

A very delighted owner John Perriss welcomed his new horse back to the winners enclosure.. It was John's first winner of the season.. trainer much relieved that his biggest owner was happy....

I had to leave pretty quickly after a celebratory glass of Champagne, but I left the redoubtable Cornelius Lysaght in charge of entertaining my owners.. John and Penny always enjoy Cornelius’s company.....

I believe that RR's win yesterday was the 100th winner that David Bass has ridden for us..As Mat said 'what about the other 20 that should'....time for P45!!! New career...

RR was bought at the Tattersall’s Cheltenham Sale in December by Aiden Murphy and he looks good value as whatever he does this season will set him up for being a far better chaser next.. exciting.

At Wetherby Ben Arthur ran well to finish second.. beaten a length..a better run from Mark and Melinda Laws's horse.

Back to Gloucester last night to be on BBC radio Gloucester with Simon Claisse and Chris Maude.. A fun hour discussing Saturdays Festival Trials day. Then Simon Claisse and went on to Cheltenham Racecourse to attend a Racing Welfare meeting..

Racing Welfare really do do a good job and probably un noticed by most. Sadly from racing only Belinda Keighley and Richard Phillips attended last night meeting from the area, Peter McNeile and three racing members of staff..

Racing was shocked yesterday by the sudden death of Richard Woollacott aged 40..Tragic.. Nice guy and with many friends..

David Bass was in this morning to ride out a couple of horses. A video from this morning can be seen here.

Graham Potts our vet was in for his Tuesday visit, but now Wednesday visit.

Champagne To Go heads to Goffs sales today.. Hopefully she will find a new home as a broodmare.

I just read an article on the dangers of drinking....

Scared the shit out of me.

So that's it!

After today, no more reading.