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28th January 2021

Plus 10 and dry when driving in. 10mm of rain overnight..

It was a joy to go around evening stables last night.. the horses look so well..

Thursday and our easy day after yesterdays work.. The tree surgeons will be relieved as it will mean they can hopefully finish their tree cutting duty without us disturbing them.

I have to say it has been a really interesting week on the weather front. 4 inches of snow to none in 24 hours .. utterly perfect.. I hate the stuff hanging around as it gives the impression that it is waiting for its mate i.e. more… I hope I am not proved wrong..Also the temperatures have been minus 5 to plus 10..

With only racing from Ireland to watch yesterday we were understandly glued to Racing TV at 12 45 to watch Allaho produce a very smooth performance in the Horse and Jockey Hotel Chase at Thurles.. Allaho now heads to The Cheltenham Festival to take on Imperial Aura in the Ryanair Chase..

We have one runner today at Fakenham... I know what I said after my last visit but needs must as our runner has missed too many days recently. Shanacoole Prince heads there and for my thoughts please click here.

Wetherby off today and predictably Huntingdon's meeting tomorrow is also off, both being waterlogged ..again.. Cheltenham now inspecting for their trials day.. Doncaster should be ok where we have runners.

Wartime Golf Rules. Royal Shipton?

1.Players are asked to collect Bomb and Shrapnel splinters to save these causing damage to the mowing machines.

2.In competitions, during gunfire, or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.

3.The positions of known delayed-action bombs are marked by red flags placed at reasonably, but not guaranteed safe distance therefrom.

4.Shrapnel/and/or bomb splinters on the Fairways, or in Bunkers within a club’s length of a ball may be moved without penalty, and no penalty shall be incurred if a ball is thereby caused to move accidentally.

5.A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced, or if lost or destroyed, a ball may be dropped not nearer the hole without penalty.

6.A ball lying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole, preserving the line to the hole without penalty.

7.A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place. Penalty, one stroke.

Todays non virus video nasty..