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27th November 2018

0 degrees, foggy and dry when driving in.. Ice on the windscreen…

Nick Sutton was in to ride out one lot.. Hes No Trouble..

There has been plenty of chatter about fences sizes on racecourse since Saturday meeting at Haydock where they were found to be too big and stiff for the horses.

I have found that many racecourse have different fences and although there is meant to be a regulation size they do differ from course to course.. Ludlow for example used to be too small and soft and as a result had many fallers due to the speed they went, but now Simon Sherwood has gradually stiffened and built up thier fences and as a result they are now far better fences to jump.

Talking fences mine were re built over the weekend by Eric Harris and his team.. They looks good, stiff and smart now..

We had a vet in this morning as usual, but not Graham Potts who is talking at some vets convention.

This weeks movers and shaker in the BHA handicap charts were..Ben Arthur down 3 over fences to 92 and 2 over hurdles to 100 while Sunblazer went down 1 to 80 on the flat.

We have two runners today both at all weather tracks. Blazon heads north to race on the sand on the flat at Southwell while Rhaegar heads south to Lingfield but runs on their grass track over fences. For my thoughts on their respective chances please click here.

Someone had to remind me, So I'm reminding you, too. Don't laugh....It is all true!

Perks of reaching 50 Or being over 60 And heading towards 70 or beyond!

1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

2. In a hostage situation, you are likely to be released first.

3. No one expects you to run --anywhere.

4. People call at 9 PM (or 9 AM) and ask, 'Did I wake you?'

5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.