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28th January 2016

Plus 3 and dry when driving in. Clear skies, frost on windsceen....

Doncaster Sales yesterday was fairly busy. Horses in training in the morning and National Hunt Foals in the afternoon.

Both our horses sold and have new homes and I came home with no new inmates.

I bumped into David Watchman which rather surprised me.

David is an old mate from my Lambourn days and I hardly ever see him due to the fact that he is a top Irish flat trainer and frankly if I do see him it is at Royal Ascot where he is probably too busy, so it was good to catch up.. Although I have to say a jump bred foal sale was not where I  expected to see him..

David was over with Timmy Hyde (John Perriss leases Emily Gray from Timmy) and it was not long to see what was going on as Timmy went home with a few yearlings and he topped the sale with a Kayf Tara colt.

Julie Martin (Darna)sold a half brother to Bonne Fee..again by the prolific sire Kayf Tara

Thursday is our easy day here for the horses.

We have one runner today at Warwick. Battle Dust who should have run at Bangor yesterday runs in a much more competitive race today.. Anyway for my thoughts on his and chances please click here..

Racing's Lazarus battles a knight at Warwick.. David Ashforth

Some gentle thoughts for the day...

Birds of a feather flock together . . . .and then poop on your car.

A penny saved is a government oversight.

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

He who hesitates is probably right.

Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL.

If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble..

Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words 'The' and 'IRS' together it spells 'Theirs...'

Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've travelled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.

When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, think of Algebra.

You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

Lord, Keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth . . .. . . . . AMEN