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28th January 2019

Minus 1 and dry when driving in.

Our weekend runners were not the best. Those Tiger Feet ran well for a long way but needs more practice. Bandon Roc was not at the races, mentally; and Commodore Barry hated the ground at Doncaster and probably deserves a break.

Great racing at Cheltenham on Saturday with a ladies flavour for the day. Nothing wrong with that..

As you know we had loads of people here on Saturday and somebody, who will remain anonymous lost her phone. Much looking and to no avail.

I returned back into the yard after racing on Saturday night and went around the stable checking all the horses and their legs..

Back in the office Clare was tidying up and she informed me that the loo was still blocked from the morning.. paper paper everywhere and finally after much poking around I managed to shift it and unblock the loo.. what did I find at the bottom of the bowl?  an iPhone..

Rubber gloves on, retrieved and blow me it still worked.. staggering.. It is now back with it rightful owner.

Yesterday was all about Cocklebarrow Races. Cold, bleak but fun.

Take a bow those who organised yesterdays meeting as they made it fun, even if it was bloody cold.. Huge heated tents made sure you could keep warm. Good racing and big crowds, and more to the point.. loads of children who loved all the activities provided.

We had a couple of past members of our team running which was good to see..Gallery Exhibition and Guy Disney finished second and Net Work Rouge also filled the same spot. Both looked well and both won best their turned out awards.. perfect.

John and Liz Wills, whose land the races were run over, were thrilled to see their old horse Net Work Rouge enjoy his day, and were equally thrilled to see that their old horse has a great new life with some fabulous and enthusiastic new owners.

Riders all wore black armbands in memory of Annie (wife of Giles) Daniels who sadly died last week.

There was a strong racing crowd full of jockeys, trainers and owners. Racing as it should be.

The cricket was dire or rather the West Indians thrashed us. The tennis was disappointing as Novak Djokovic thrashed Rafael Nadal.

Further disappointment came from the stewards of the BHA.. what is wrong with a quiet word in your ear.. and a 'don’t do it again mate'.. Anybody would have thought it was April 1st..

We have no runners today.

To continue the Australian flavour (yes spoke to son Harry in Sydney yesterday)

These were posted on an Australian Tourism Website  and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have a great sense of humour..

Q: Which direction is North in Australia ? (USA)

A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.

Q: Can I bring cutlery into Australia ? (UK)

A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do...

Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? (USA)

A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is Oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Kings Cross, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.

Q: Can I wear high heels in Australia ? (UK)

A: You are a British politician, right?

Q:Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk available all year round? (Germany)

A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter/gatherers. Milk is illegal.