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26th May 2017

Plus 11 and dry when driving in.

Three days of unbelievably hot weather at Doncaster was only matched by three unbelievable days of horse trading.

Yesterday was meant to be Goffs quietest day but even that was 32% up on last year. Staggering results and being at the sale and trying to buy value was not something that was that possible..

We came home with another new horse and one that Peter Kerr will be syndicating. Yes another Dansili colt from Juddemonte and like last years horse Blazon our new horse Involve will not be a colt for much longer.

John and Penny Perriss were up yesterday but came home without a new horse having looked at couple that might have suited.. Both made well over budget targets.

The four horses Boy In A Bentley , Shaluna, Jimmy The Jetplane and Beyond Supremacy we sent to yesterdays sales all have new homes this morning.

The weather is again playing havoc with our racing as the ground at Warwick understandably had dried too quickly for Derrintogher Bliss to run yesterday.

We try again today with Billy Elliott and My Cousin Rachel at Worcester. For my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Gary Liptrot sent this puzzle over..

A farmer died leaving his 17 horses to his three sons. When his sons opened up the Will it read:

My eldest son should get 1/2 (half) of total horses;
My middle son should be given 1/3rd (one-third) of the total horses;
My youngest son should be given 1/9th (one-ninth) of the total horses.

As it's impossible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the three sons started to fight with each other. So, they decided to go to a farmer friend who they considered quite smart, to see if he could work it out for them. The farmer friend read the Will patiently, after giving due thought, he brought one of his own horses over and added it to the 17. That increased the total to 18 horses.

Now, he divided the horses according to their father's will. Half of 18 = 9. So he gave the eldest son 9 horses. 1/3rd of 18 = 6. So he gave the middle son 6 horses. 1/9th of 18 = 2. So he gave the youngest son 2 horses. Now add up how many horses they have:

Eldest son 9
Middle son 6
Youngest son 2
TOTAL = 17

Now this leaves one horse over, so the farmer friend takes his horse back to his farm. Problem solved!

Moral: The attitude of negotiation and problem solving is to find the "18thhorse", that is "the common ground". Once a person is able to find the 18th horse, the issue is resolved.

It is difficult at times, however, to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that there is a solution.

If we think that there is no solution, we won't be able to reach any.