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31st January 2019

Minus 8 and dry when driving in.

Yes I should be dry at minus 8..

Minus 8 is cold and that temperature will do untold damage to our scheduled race meetings over the next few days if it is going to stay that cold.

It probably won't but then the forecast is for snow. Snow on frozen ground takes longer to go when temperatures rise.

So you see where I am coming from and my thoughts spring to Saturday's Sandown meeting, and the front page of our racing paper says it all.. Sandown in balance as the big freeze hits.

Also in todays Racing Post there is an excellent article written by one of my ex jockeys.. Richard Forristal.. His Thursday column makes interesting reading..''Unrealistic ambitions of extreme welfare brigade are infuencing BHA policies..''

Sadly you will have to buy a paper to read it as unless you subscribe to the Racing Post it is off limits..The title gives you a fair idea what it is all about..

I never knew Richie had that writing talent when he worked for me.. but that probably says that race riding and writing did not go together when I employed him… I just wanted him to sit on a horse.

You guessed it, we have no runners today.

Darren Smith was here third lot to see his KBRP horses Arthurs Sixpence and Vinndication.

David Ratcliffe was also here to see his KBRP horses as above and Silver Kayf.

Thinking of Richard Forristal here are  a few plays on words.

Lexophile" describes those that have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish", or "To write with a broken pencil is pointless."

An annual competition is held by the New York Times to see who can create the best original lexophile. Here are some entries.....

No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.

I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It's really good ! I just can't put it down.

I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

Did you hear about the crossed-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?

When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

Click Here for some good old fashioned humour.

Cold.. Warm up later by watching the second Test.