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29th December 2016

Minus 3 and foggy when driving in.

These mornings make for horrendous driving conditions as we sadly saw yesterday on the A40 just down the road from here.

Mat, who you will be pleased to know is slowly recovering drove to the vets early this morning with a few more blood tests although unfortunately we did not take his.

It is a testing time as most bloods and scopes have been fine but the odd trachea wash has returned wrong, hence the reason why Alfie’s Choice does not run today at Doncaster.

Most horses take being scoped but some just wont have it and then you have to dope them, but that is not something you can do close to a race. We are though beginning to find a pattern of blood and wash results which match.. that helps.

Click here to watch a horse being scoped and trachea washed..

How many times have I said in the past that being a trainer is like being a head master at a school. Children/Horses, Parents/Owners, Stable staff/Teachers and like all kids in school there are those who fall ill….

Brighter thoughts and positive thoughts are always important especially when so many of my staff are coughing, sneezing and feeling down. Post Christmas blues?

Great racing in Ireland yesterday and the battle between Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliot is about the only good news that is coming out of Irish racing.

It seems to the outsider that there are only two stables that fight out these big races.

Yesterdays Lexus Chase was won by Gordon Elliot's Outlander with his other horse Don Poli finishing second .. Third was Willie Mullins's Djakadam.. Outlander was trained by Willie Mullins last season.

Of course it is not all about Mullins/Elliot, but you have to look closely at the results to see that Jim Culloty and Jessica Harrington also had winners at Leopardstown.

As mentioned we have no runners today.

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Why they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
 
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