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24th July 2023

Plus 14 and raining when driving in...

Great to have a winner at Stratford yesterday.

Lady Gwen did the business on her first start for us. She had shown very respectable form in the past and on those showings she had every chance of winning if the extra furlong or so suited here. It did.

Owned by Richard Davies, who had his family with him..Wife Susan and children Aled and Rachel plus her boyfriend Henry, and of course part breeder Richard’s brother Huw.. they were all on hand to celebrate their winner.

Huw and Richard bred LG.. She is out of the mare Countess Camilla who I trained for them many years ago. Lady Gwen is her last offspring to run and she will be kept as a broodmare when she retires, so yesterday’s win was important.

Jeudidee was not so good as he jumped off and pulled like fury and as a result ran far too free.. trying to run the whole race on one breath. That you cannot.. Last time he settled in behind and this time he was just too keen.. Hurdling now for him.

Monday morning and a wet start..

It was certainly wet in the Liverpool/Manchester area yesterday .. The golfers looked like drown rats (wrong expression but I am sure you know what I mean?). The last round lacked the excitement of the past as Brian Harman was well clear all day…

You have to feel sorry for the English cricket team .. For many years they might have prayed for rain, but this time it ruined what should have been one of the greatest wins of all time.. Rain stopped play and the Ashes stay in Australia… England are a brilliant team but must wonder how they let this series slip out of their hands..

Neil Pratt was here second lot to see his KBRS horse General Hubble.. Neil has been umpiring at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival.

John and Penny Perriss's horses returned this morning.

RIP Tony Bennett