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26th September 2017

Plus 13 and dry when driving in.

David Bass and Tom Bellamy were in for one lot this morning. We jumped Abbreviate, Sainte Ladylime, Ben Arthur, Silver Kayf, First Flow and Thumb Stone Blues over fences.

David and Tom and Mikey Hamill all headed to Warwick for a jockeys seminar which started at 9.

The only times I have been to Warwick that early was to attend a speed awareness course.. I have managed to attend 4 so far in my short driving life..two of which have been at Warwick..

Talking Warwick we will be there or rather we have a runner there later.. Sadly I am not going as I am down in my home county attending Bill Ives's Funeral in Brentwood.

All the rain we have had this September means that Jump racing really will be in full swing far earlier than normal.

Warwick holds it first jumps meeting of the season so heralds proper racing rather than summer racing, and they have un watered ground which is unique for this time of year. There is a downside.. if you like me were hoping to send a good ground horse to the big two day meeting at Perth you will find soft and heavy ground .. annoyingly my entry will now be staying at home.

Sonneofpresenting heads to Warwick; he is 4 from 5 over fences so can he make it six? For my thoughts on his chances please click here.

Jumping Prospects arrived through the post box yesterday.. Always a good read and interestingly it has sparked the odd comments re horse plans.

Mat is takes 2 days for the pain to arrive.. yes the charity run has taken its toll..

This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts are..Sunblazer down 4 to 82 while Billy Elliott enters at 100.. tough for him

Tonight I am going to listen to Kenton Cool talk in the Pump Rooms in Cheltenham.. A Bremont sponsored evening in conjuncton with Martins & Co

A reminder our in house "5 to Follow Competition" is open for entries but only until 9am Monday morning. The competition will run from 2nd October 2017 to 30th June 2018 and you will have the chance to win a fabulous trip. This year we have joined up with Market Rasen Racecourse and The Advocate Arms in Market Rasen to create a really special prize.

The prize will include a night's stay for two including breakfast along with a bottle of bubbly and a dinner allowance of £20 per person at the 18th Century Advocate Arms which has been fully refurbished to the highest standards. They have created a contemporary feel while retaining a warm and welcoming character in which their guests can relax and unwind. There are 10 luxurious bedrooms with an AA rating of 5stars, their restaurant has 2 AA rosettes and stands in the centre of Market Rasen.

You will also be invited as a guest of the Directors and Chairman of Market Rasen Racecourse to join them for lunch and watch an afternoons racing. Market Rasen offers year round jump racing, in the heart of the countryside and offers a beautiful setting with fantastic views of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The friendly family atmosphere and quality racing make it the perfect place for a great day out!

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