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30th March 2016

Plus 2 and dry when driving in.

Hexham yesterday.. I did not go..Net Work Rouge ran well, especially on the ground.. He gave the winner a stone in weight to finish second.

David Bass was in this morning to work horses.. DB is still on winner number 49 for the season .. two seconds yesterday at Hexham did not help his quest for 60 winners

Busy here this morning with Oli Bell, partner owner of Crazy Jack, Flo Tellwright and Phil Clarke of Racing UK , The Cotswold Film Company and Melissa Jones from Gloucester Echo.. For The Last Samuri The Crabbies Grand National is only 10 days away.. A video of the horses working this morning can be seen here.

Higgs has build our two Grand National Style fences in preparaton for TLS and Gallery Exhibition to jump over later this week.

Rebecca Matthews, Mark Matthews, Brooke Matthews, Abbie Daw were here for a morning on the gallops followed by breakfast.. A Charity Auction prize. Todays breakfast sausages and bacon came from our local Northleach Butcher..WJ Castle.

I am hoping that my morning will finish early enough to be able to attend Brian Babbage’s Funeral at St Michael's Church, Whaddon Road, Cheltenham at 10.45.. Brain was a certainly a great character.

I received an text yesterday to say.. ‘she was born at 3.40m this morning and all well’... Half an hour later I received another text saying ‘’Sorry wrong number’.

I replied saying 'thank God as I am not sure my wife would not have been that pleased if she had seen the text before I?

Reply came winging back saying. ’She would be very worried if she thought you were the sire of this’…. A picture of a stunning black filly foal… I can relax.

Talking messages.. we have had a few after our Aer Lingus debacle  This one is very worthwhile watching..Yorkshire Airways.. Thanks Gary Liptrot

If only..

As they approached Dublin number 1 runway, the tower heard:

PILOT - Bjeesus will ya look how fookin shart dat runway is?

CO-PILOT - Yer nat fookin kiddin, Paddy

PILOT - Dis is ganna be one a de trickiest landings ever, Shamus!

CO-PILOT - Yer nat fookin kiddin, Paddy !!

PILOT - Right, Shamus, when I say 'go' put de engine in reverse!!

CO-PILOT - Royt, I'll do dat !!

PILOT - An den ya put de flaps down!!

CO-PILOT - Royt, I'll do dat, too !!

PILOT - An den stamp an de brakes as hard as yer can an pray ta de Holy Mudder a Gad !!!

CO-PILOT - I'm prayin already, but I'll hit de brakes as hard as I can.

So, as the wheels hit the ground, Shamus put the engines in reverse, puts the flaps down, stamped on the brakes and continued to pray to the Holy Mother with all his soul.

The brakes screeched, the tyres squealed, and there was smoke everywhere, but, to the relief of all the passengers,and, not least of all, Paddy and Shamus, the aircraft came to a stop but a few metres from the end of the runway!!!

As Paddy and Shamus sat in the cockpit regaining some composure, Paddy looked out of the window and said to Shamus, "Dat has gat ta be de shartist fookin runway in de world!"

Shamus replied, "Yes, but da ya see how fookin wide it is?"