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28th August 2018

Plus 12 and dry when driving in.

It has been a while but today it has a full front page of the Racing Post. Jump racing is back on the front page..

News on last seasons star horses  Samcro and Native River fill the page.. Good to see that we are moving back to that time of year again. Well we knew that as it is dark when we get up.

Also in the paper there is a story about the BHA and their well timed yard visit to Epsom trainer Jim Boyle's yard..

BHA randon testing is quite normal but charging into the yard yesterday at 8.30 to test every horse when you are about to open your doors to Epsoms open day.. not great timing and not very clever..If there was something amiss the chances are that it would still be in the horses system 24 hours later..

A great send off for the Irish trainer Mick O'Toole yesterday and some wonderful stories..

Nick Sutton in to ride out one lot this morning.

Mr Macho and Agent Memphis returned to the yard this morning. They have been doing pre training with Martin Jones. They look well and happy to be back.

We have our Tuesday vet visit from Graham Potts. This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts were Blazon down 1 to 104 while Royal Supremo went up 10 to 122...

David and Julie  Martin were here late morning to see their horses Charbel, Johnny Ocean, Gallows Point and Minella Warrior. Lunch after at The Frogmill.

We are always trying to create more interest on my web site so we have added a new page called Where are they now.. This page will expand as we go along with more news on retired horses and what they are up to.

As a result of yesterdays AIDs story from Russell Field, Charlie Dingwall reminded me of this well known chap..

Gay Kindersley, the indomitable bon vivieur, champion amateur jockey and National Hunt trainer appeared at a grand luncheon launch of his book Flings Over Fences — The Ups And Downs Of Gay Kindersley (1994).

When prompted to do so he arose to make his speech about the book with only these words:

''I was born at a time when my name, GAY, meant solely something of merriment, of jollity.

When Generals had AIDS.

And when CLAP meant applause.''

He sat down ......and they did CLAP, heartily.