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25th February 2016

Minus 2 and dry when driving in.

With Ludlow frozen off yesterday we only had one runner and that was Sonneofpresenting at Doncaster. He ran well until jumping too big at the third last when almost upsides and in contention.. it was a jump that took him out of reckoning and he then finished down the field.

Last night we met up with Jan and Inger Steinmann and caught up on 12 years of news.

Jan and Inger first met me when they left a card in my door in Lambourn one Hennessey Saturday (Man Of Magic finished 4th)and the following morning they came over and bought a Be My Native gelding who they called Native Pride, it was the start of many winners and many happy days..

Gaelic Myth and Royal Supremo were the only horses to work this morning. Thursday is our easy day.. Conditional jockey Conor Shoemark was in to ride out two lots.

Paul Nicholls was visited by the racing press yesterday to talk about his Cheltenham Festival horses.. Mentioning 30 plus entries.. surely there must be a winner amongst them.. I would not mind having that many or those sort of horses going to the races in three weeks time!

Talking going to the races.. we have three runners at Huntingdon today..Racing is ON..It has passed its inspection.

David Bass, who was suffering from food poisoning yesterday rides all three. Bandon Roc, Emily Gray and Boy In A Bentley are our runners.. For my thoughts on their chances please click here..

Food poisoning? David obviously can't cook.. something I can.. just about do; although I am not sure that I will accept my latest  invitation to appear on Come Dine With Me..

Tony Shaftain says he really misses starting his day without reading my blog.. sets him up for the day? Anyway he sent this one over.

Paddy says to Mick " what's in the bag? "

Mick says "I'm not telling you"

"Oh go on"

"OK - it's ducks that I have in the bag"

"Can I have one?

"No you can't," says Mick

What if I guess how many ducks you have in the bag, then can I have one?" asks Paddy

" If you can guess how many ducks I've got in the bag you can have them both" replied Mick

" OK I think you've got three ducks in the bag". !!