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27th September 2019

Plus 13 and dry when driving in.

Rain is forecasted for the next 3 days.

Looks like our open day on Sunday is going to be a wet one!

Talking Open Day.. we have a new format this year. Open yard to owners from 11.30 which means a chance to wander round and see the horses.. No parade.. This is followed by lunch at The Frogmill..We are expecting close to 200 people.

Bob Mackenzie was here this morning. Bob was involved in the recent KBRP horse Mergeela but as she was a leased horse she has returned to her home base with John Kidd in Northern Ireland. Bob has never been here before.. So a first visit to Thorndale.

Our feed company Dodson and Horrell is 80 years old today.

We have used D&H for the last 3 season and frankly we could not be more delighted with their products. The horses look well, hold their condition and seem to recover quickly after their races..All in all I could not recommend them highly enough.

My birth county Essex have had a stellar season. They won the T20 Blast finals last week and yesterday they won The Specsavers County Championships for the second year running.

My old home county of Northamptonshire and my new county Gloucestershire have also had good seasons and now both are going up a league and next season they will be playing in division one. All good news..

I have been heading into Gloucester Hospital all week after we have finished here in the mornings to see Clare. Clare is in a neck brace and will be there, and in a brace a for a while yet… Feed time means pureed feed.... an early role reversal…

Moving on from yesterdays Blonde Pilot joke..

Basic Pilot Flying Rules:

1. Try to stay in the middle of the air.

2. Do not go near the edges of it.

3. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there.