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25th June 2020

Plus 17 and dry when driving in. It made 31 degrees yesterday.. quite hot enough but it looks like being hotter today..

Supper last night with Norman and Zoe Carter in their award winning house just outside Winchcombe.

A fun evening sitting outside.. Like being in the African bush looking over the valley across to Sudeley Lodge..

Downside was hitting by wing mirror while passing a yellow skip on the narrow streets of Winchcombe.. a prodruding object just touched the corner of it and the glass shattered..Going to supper!

More shocking news. Rose Paterson has died aged 63. The boss of Aintree for the last few years and a brilliant one too. Rose was always fun and very approachable and hosted the Grand National meeting with flair and oversaw a hugely successful time for the racecourse. All our thoughts go out to her husband Owen and their three children Felix, Ned and Evie.

It really has been a bad 48 hours for racing.

Thursday is our easy day for those who worked yesterday, but for all the rest it is business as usual, although we will try to finish early.. i.e.  before the horseflies and heat drive all demented.

With all the news that our lives are taking a step back to normality next week.. Yes I know we have a long way to go, but I find that village and school cricket is on the no list, as are owners when it comes to watching their horses quite extroadinary.. Surely it is only matter of time before sense prevails… I would rather watch my horse run from a sensible distance and play cricket than go to a cinema?

Chester Williams rides in Dieppe this evening. The Racing Post has picked up on this story which should please Paul Kellar?

John Perriss has had a reply from Charlie Liverton of the ROA...

Did you know..

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

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