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27th February 2018

Minus 4 and dry when driving in.. A dusting of snow, but thankfully no more than that.

You rather feel that the country is on lock down because we are experiencing what winter does to us occasionally.

Those poor folk trying to commute to work by train must wonder why they pay such huge fees to travel on trains that need to spend the night in dock to keep warm rather than ferry folk to work.

At least we are currently able to keep going..We are able to canter our horses on our all weather gallop, but the one thing we will not be doing is working on it until temperature rise above freezing. We can at least keep the horses ticking over.

The weather will play havoc to this weeks racing and Kelso is in doubt this Saturday which is not such good news for First Flow who should be heading there.

Sorry to read that Ryan Hatch has been advised to retire. Ryan never rode for me, or even rode out here, but he did spend a morning with us last winter.. Nice guy and good luck to him in what ever he decides to do.. he deserves to do well.

A good chat with son Harry in Sydney yesterday. His birthday just around the corner (March 1st).. Warmer out there..A drink with Clare’s parents last night who are just back from a wet St Lucia..

Tom Bellamy in to ride out a couple of lots

Graham Potts in this morning for a vet visit and this weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts were.. Bandon Roc up 4 to 113 for finishing 2nd at Wetherby, Ben Arthur down 1 to 103, Knockanrawley down 2 to 130, Lake Field down 1 to 115, Milord down 3 to 113, Sainte Ladylime up 2 to 137 for finishing second again, Wandrin Star down 3 to 109 while Rosmuc Relay enters at 127.

Interestingly our blacksmith Andy Martin ran his Militarian in a novice chase at Market Rasen last week and finished second.. I called him an idiot as the horse already had a rating of 105 and the handicapper would murder him..Andy said no he would not as the handicapper has said publicly that he would not put horses up for finishing second in a novice chase.. Sorry Andy the handicapper has raised your horse 13lbs to a rating of 118.. That is why you should never run a horse in a novice chase...

Lunch with John Perriss…

To maintain a healthy level of insanity  

1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.

2. On all your cheque stubs, write 'For Marijuana'

3. Skip down the street rather than walk and see how many looks you get.

4. Order a diet water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.

5. Sing along at The Opera.

6. When the money comes out of the Cash Machine, Scream 'I Won!  I Won!'

7. When leaving the Zoo, start running towards the Car Park, Yelling 'Run For Your Lives! They're Loose!'

8.  Tell your Children over super, 'Due to the Economy, we are going to have to let one of you go.' 

And the final way to keep a healthy level of insanity

9.  Pick up a box of condoms at the Chemist, go to the counter and ask where the fitting room is.