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29th July 2021

Plus 12 and dry when driving in.

Royal Rendezvous won the Galway Plate.. A wonderfully exciting race as usual and the commentator nearly lost his voice shouting the horses home..The owner Dr SP Fitzgerald sponsors the Randox Health Grand National..Oh and it was trained by Willie Mullins as was the second.!

Sandown washed away last night after just 3 races.. I have to say it did look awful

John and Sue Stanley and Brian and Linda Cognet stayed at The Wheatsheaf last night and were all here for a visit this morning. John and Brian currently do not have an involvement at Thorndale!!

Clare and I are at Glorious Goodwood today as guests of Keith and Liz Ellis (Thruthelookinglass and Behind The Veil).

Our annual trip to this stunning Sussex racecourse and always a fun day and usually a long one..

Not totally sure the drive home is something I should be doing on past experience..

About 4 years ago I was on my own as Clare was looking after Archie doing some riding event..I went with Aiden Murphy.. Aiden was in charge of the car and when filling up with fuel on the way home he was asked if his passenger was alive!.. Glad to say that all those years later I still am..

Still no petrol at our local BP service station.. Shortage of delivery drivers.. sign of things to come!?

We have a runner today at Stratford..Shinobi runs there and for my thoughts please click here

You have to laugh at these cricketing sledges..

“Take the keys off him he can’t drive” – Pretty self-explanatory this one. Perfect if a batsman’s drives aren’t connecting.

“All swing, no ding” – Perfect for the batsman who is trying the big hits but not pulling it off.

“Swinging like a rusty gate''

“Didn’t know Gray Nics made fishing poles” – Great for when the batsman just can’t make contact.

“More leaves than a tree” – Time to encourage the batsman to play some more big hits?

“More blocks than a lego set” – Another designed to get the batsman taking you on.

“If you turn the bat over you’ll find the instructions” – This is a classic from Merv Hughes, bowling to Robin Smith. It’s great for using yourself while fielding.

“Couldn’t catch a cold” – Yes, you can sledge the wicket-keeper or the fielders, too!

“Put your seat belts on, this guy can’t drive”