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27th December 2016

Minus 4 and dry when driving in.

Yesterdays runners did not fair well and this morning my staff are similar. Mat is dying on his feet and my second travelling girl Sinead was a no show as she was feeling terrible. I suffered last night as did son Harry. A bug about .

On a brighter note. Thistlecrack was simply stunning at Kempton and Andrew Thornton making it to 1000 winners as a jockey proves that if you push yourself hard enough you will fulfil your aims in life.

Andrew started life as an amateur with Arthur Stevenson and then came to me as a conditional jockey.. that was some time ago.. Well done Andrew you certainly deserved every one of your wins..

Todays Chepstow meeting is the last to be broadcasted by Channel 4.

Nick Luck has fronted a great team and they have been brilliant for racing. January I brings a new order and new faces when ITV takes over. New ideas? We shall see but Nick has been the complete professional all the way through and we will miss him.

We actually have a runner on Channel 4 this afternoon. Harry Topper returns to racing after 689 days away from a racecourse. His last run was in the Denman Chase when 5th behind Coneygree. Delighted to see him back. The ground at Chepstow will be probably too fast for him as he loves it bottomless. Sadly there are no options for him so he has to start here. For my thoughts on his chances please click here.

Graham Potts our vet was in this morning we tested all the remaining possible runners for the week.

This weeks movers and shakers in the weekly BHA handicap charts are..Bandon Roc down 4 to 96, Dueling Banjos down 8 to 127, Gallery Exhibition down 3 to 132 while Texas Forever goes up 4 to 99.

Five funnies to brighten up your day..

I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way much faster now.
Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers.
You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone? That's common sense leaving your body.
I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.
I decided to stop calling the bathroom the "John" and renamed it the "Jim"..I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.