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25th April 2017

Plus 1 and dry when driving in.

Warwick yesterday was another day of being placed. Boy In A Bentley was third and Thumb Stone Blues was second.

Both ran well and both will probably go up in the handicap for having good runs without winning. I feel particularly sorry for BIAB who went up 5lbs for finishing second last time and was beaten 3 lengths yesterday. Thumb Stone Blues who was beaten a couple of lengths finished roughly 10 of the same in front of the third, so he too will be clobbered! Yes I hate being second..

The ground at Warwick was good in the most and they had done a good job with no rain but it was good to firm from past the winning post up the hill and down to the first in the back straight.. Shame they could not have said that in their description.. we all knew it would be but it makes telling owners why we are not running their horses easier.. they read papers and seeing the ground described as good all-round makes the conversation difficult.

Graham Potts our vet is in tomorrow not today…Graham is a busy boy..

This weeks movers and shakers in the weekly BHA handicap charts are..Champion Chase down 2 to 100, Patsys Castle down 1 to 118, My Cousin Rachel up 3 to 98, Gallery Exhibition up a hike of 8 to 138 (he was lucky to win as the favourite fell) and the last two would annoy any owner as these two finished second.. Texas Forever up 4 to 99 and Policy Breach up 7 to 125 is outrageous. No wonder owners become pissed off.

We have one runner today at Ludlow with By The Boardwalk and for my thoughts on his chances please click here..

Talking racing.. The Punchestown Festival starts today and what great racing...

Declan Murphy the ex jockey has written a book titled Centaur about his time.., Declan, will be coming to the Jaffe and Neale Bookshop in Stow-on-the-Wold today to sign copies of his autobiography, Centaur, followed by an exclusive dinner and interview with Robert Cooper at the Old Butchers Restaurant.

Drinks and book signing at 7pm at Jaffe and Neale Bookshop, 8 Park Street. Sponsored by that good wine merchant Haynes, Hanson and Clark  So drinks should be good.

Dinner 8pm at the Old Butchers restaurant opposite (£45 per head - 3 course set menu and includes signed copy of the book).
It should be a fun evening If you would like to make a reservation for dinner then please contact The Old Butchers directly on 01451 831700.

Funny old world we live in and this makes you realise that the body clock does not change too much.

With all the new technology regarding fertility recently, a 65-year-old friend of mine was able to give birth.

When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, I went to visit.

'May I see the new baby?' I asked.

'Not yet,' she said 'I'll make coffee and we can sit and chat for a while first.'

Thirty minutes had passed, and I asked, 'May I see the new baby now?'

'No, not yet,' She said.

After another few minutes, had elapsed,

I asked again, 'May I see the baby now?'

'No, not yet,' replied my friend.

Growing very impatient, I asked, 'Well, when can I see the baby?'

'WHEN HE CRIES!' she told me.

'WHEN HE CRIES?' I demanded. 'Why do I have to wait until he CRIES?'