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24th February 2018

Minus 3 and dry when driving in. Cold

It is hard to make sense of what the weather is going to do .. there are plenty of warnings of snow which is certainly not good news as we seen to attract it when it is around.

You have to feel for clerks of the courses when these warnings are around, and if we are worried here about trying to train horses then what must it be like to be Simon Claisse who has the job of looking after Cheltenham and the Festival ground with just over two weeks to cover or not to cover .

Exeter survived the frost yesterday; Knockanrawley finished 5th in what looked really competitive Devon National.

At Warwick Lady Of The Night again ran absolute blinder to finish second in the mares bumper; she was beaten by Midnightreferendum who like Lady Of The Night is by the late great sire Midnight Legend.. Alan King and I have always been great lovers of the sire and miss him.. LOTN has a very bright future..

David Bass was in this morning to share the cold and although we did not work any due to the minus 3 weather we cantered all the horses.

Yes Saturday morning and we were joined by Teresa and Ivan King, Jennifer, Paula and Stephen Barnes from CD Tours and Vicky Bolton, Warren Bolton, Matthew Dove, Charlotte Dove who has booked a morning on the gallops through our web site.

Steve Adams and Richard Broadley were here to see Steve’s KBRP horse  Silver Kayf, Desaray and Pond Road.

Late morning Geoffrey Williams and Alan Rhead made their first visit to Thorndale to see their unnamed Beneficial 6 year old gelding they sent me 10 days ago, and also here were John and Penny Perriss.

John was keen to see his new mare Cloone Lady along with his other horses By The Boardwalk, Dueling Banjos, Lady Of The Night, Rocky Treasure, The Drinkymeister and this weeks Wetherby winner Rosmuc Relay, while Penny was able to see her Wandrin Star and Station Master.

We have just the one runner Sainte Ladylime at Chepstow and tomorrow at Southwell we run Rocky’s Treasure and Thibault and for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Just when I thought I had enough of John Disney’s jokes he has sent over another one.. Lordy Lord he must be bored.. oh perhaps that new knee is taking time to bed in…


The old fellow in the big cowboy hat got a standing ovation. The Sierra Club and the U. S. Forest Service were presenting an alternative to the  Wyoming  ranchers for controlling the coyote population.

It seems that after years of the ranchers using the tried and true method of shooting or trapping the predators, the Sierra Club had a "more humane" solution to this issue.

What they were proposing was for the animals to be captured alive. The males would then be castrated and let loose again.

This was ACTUALLY proposed by the Sierra Club and by the U. S. Forest Service.

All of the ranchers thought about this amazing idea for a couple of minutes. Finally an old fellow wearing a big cowboy hat in the back of the conference room stood up, tipped his hat back and said, "Son, I don't think you understand our problem here. These coyotes ain't fuckin' our sheep..........  they're eatin' 'em!" 

The meeting never really got back to order !!!

Have a great wekend and see you on Monday.. Good luck to all those returning from hot holidays.. you might have a shock when your plan lands.. Brrrrrr..