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26th January 2021

0 degree and dry when driving in.

It was cold overnight but it seems to be warming and there is rain on the way.

We were unable to get on our hill gallop yesterday as it was covered in 4 inches of snow.. Not the end of the world on a Monday.. thankfully we will be on it today.

But there is always a silver lining to these obstacles in life as this week we are cutting back the trees that lean over the gallop.. Probably a good thing that they had a full day without having to stop chopping away at branches when the horses came up the hill.

Great to see the Racing Post track down First Flow’s owner Tony Solomons and interview him.. There is so much more to learn about Tony which did not appear here..

Whatever if you cannot read the article due to having to subscribe.. It is Tony's 91st Birthday today..

Perth has and is, as you probably know, always been one of my favourite racecourses and for years it has been an annual pilgrimage to their 3 day festival in April

Sadly last week the last of who Nigel Twiston-Davies, Cornelius Lysaght, Philip Hobbs, I and others would have recognised as the old guard, passed away,  when Tim Hardie died.

Nigel always stayed with Tim.

Perth has lost its original soul with Sam Morshead, Johnny and Sue Bradburne and David Whitaker all going over the last few years..All huge characters..

Of course a new generation have taken over the mantle, but we, being the old guard, will all certainly miss them.

Graham Potts was in for his Tuesday vet visit..

This week movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts were..Balleticon enters at a whopping 128 which is think is very incredibly unfair.. First Flow went up 10 to 166 and to give you some idea what the handicapper thinks of him, Politologue is rated 168 and Altior is 169..

Goffs UK are holding a sale today which is totally on line.. It is a first in this country, although it has been something that has been tried and tested in Australia.. It will be interesting..

No runners today as there is no jump racing..

Well done England.. A series win in Sri Lanka

I was rather excited when a letter from the NHS arrived on my desk.. Covid Jab?  No a organ donor card..

Wise Italian Grandfather

Why Italian Fathers and Grandfathers pass their handguns down through the family.

An old Italian man is dying. He calls his grandson to his bedside, Guido, I wan' you lissina me. I wan' you to take-a my chrome plated 38 revolver so you will always remember me."

"But grandpa, I really don't like guns. How about you leave me your Rolex watch instead?"

"You lissina me, boy. Somma day you gonna be runna da business, you gonna have a beautiful wife, lotsa money, a big-a home and maybe a couple of bambinos. "

"Somma day you gonna come-a home and maybe finda you wife inna bed with another man.

"Whatta you gonna do then? Pointa to you watch and say, 'times up' "?

Todays non virus video nasty..