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25th November 2023

Minus 5 and dry when driving in.

No snow but a snowy looking racehorse in the name of Mr Grey Sky won for the second time this season at Chepstow yesterday.

I have to say that I thought his race was far tougher than when he won at Huntingdon just over 2 weeks ago. BUT.. He jumped off in front and although never headed he just might have struggled if Evan Williams’s horse had not fallen at the second last when upsides us. It was a really good positive ride form David Bass..

Thrilled for Phil and Gill Andrews who sadly were not there.. Gill’s Dad Dave died recently..Also pleased for young Hamish McGregor-Hurst who led up MGS.. It was his first ever days racing leading up a horse and it was winner.. Hamish will think it is easy?

Home early from Chepstow meant that was able to record all the owners videos last night while going round evening stable.. Such a joy as all the horses just look so well in their skins.. Happy team and horses .. helps when they win!

There was a huge turn out for Tim Cavens funeral. Mat said that Nick Cook did a wonderful tribute to his brother in law and friend..Tough to do..

The big boys were out in force at Goffs Breeding sale in Ireland..

Saturday morning brought in David Bass and Ciaran Gethings.

Jack, Luke and Sharon Copper were here third lot to see their KBRS horse Jack Hope.

Gary and Tracy Betley were also here to see their KBRS horse Phantom Getaway.

We have two runners today and three tomorrow.

Chianti Classic heads to Ascot while Parc d'Amour to Huntingdon..

Tomorrow Von Hallers and Gerard Mentor head to Exeter while Broomfield Present heads to Uttoxeter.. For my thoughts please click here.

Tomorrow marks the 25th running of the John Dukan Memorial chase at Punchestown..

John was a good mate who was very much part of my life in Lambourn. He bought loads of good horses for me and was a brilliant judge of horseflesh. A good jockey who loved life, but sadly he was struck down by leukaemia too young at 31. Hugely missed and loved by so many.. so sad.. Thankfully his memory still is there thanks to this great chase..

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday.

Happy birthdays tomorrow to Peter Kerr and Phil Andrews.

For you two..