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26th December 2020

Plus 6 and dry when driving in.

What a stunning day yesterday was. The weather made it by being sunny all day.

What a strange Christmas..

But it was good to talk to my children. Harry in Byron Bay and Pandora at home in Tier 4.. neither being able to join Clare, Archie and I, but whatsapp and facetime meant that we were able to see them and talk to both..

Christmas Day here at Thorndale is one that is the same every year. We have one full lot of horses out.. Basically anything that is about to run in the next 2 weeks all the others have a day off.

Then a bacon butty and a glass of fizz for the staff in the office. Sets up the day.

Sarah sent this email across ..

'A huge thank you for the daily blog, appearing without fail six days a week. It gives a line of communication in these strange times of isolation when one feels remote, and prevented from going racing or almost anywhere else. The constancy also brings comfort and cheer in times of grief, even if the jokes are sometimes excruciating!'

Boxing Day..

Usually the biggest racing day of the year with a large number of meetings.. But due to COVID-19 only 4 meetings.. well 3 as Fontwell is off.

Ciaran Gething, Chester Williams and Harry Beswick in this morning.

We jumped Equus Dreamer, Does He Know and Stavoski.

We have three runners today and one tomorrow all at Wetherby.

Hollymount Holly, Imperial Icon and Wandrin Star run there to day and First Flow tomorrow . For my thought please click here.

The devout cowboy lost his favorite Bible while he was mending fences out on the range.

Three weeks later, a donkey walked up to him carrying the Bible in its mouth.

The cowboy couldn't believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the donkey's mouth, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, "It's a miracle!"

"Not really," said the donkey. "Your name is written inside the cover."