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1st October 2015

Plus 10 and dry when driving in..

It was stunning yesterday afternoon at Chepstow and both horse ran great races, although I was far from happy being second twice!!

Ballyknock Lad was running over hurdles as a pipe opener for his chase debut in 14 days time and we were delighted with his run. He is still learning about racing as he is still running on and off the bridle.. Improving is how I would describe his run.

Derrintogher Bliss jumped like an old handicapper but he ran into a decent horse.. we will beat him on soft ground. It was a cracking run and full of promise.. I was pleased with both horses, although my judgment might change next Tuesday when the handicapper has his say!!

Tom Stanley and Flo Tellwright from Racing UK woke early this morning as they were here just before 7am to film first lot.. Season preview? They chose a good day to come as it is our easy day.. one canter and home.

I am heading to Warwick today as a guest of Un Ace’s part owners John Webber and Richard Sheppard. I know I am in for a long day..

John and Richard’s company are sponsoring the race we run Gallery Exhibition in… The Colliers International Rating Division Handicap Chase..We need to win it?

We actually have 4 runners this afternoon and Abbreviate and Snowmane join Gallery Exhibition there; David Bass rides all three. 

Mat heads to Bangor to saddle Kilty Caul in the competitive mares hurdle. For all my thoughts on their chances please click here.

A large woman, wearing a sleeveless sun dress, walked into a bar in Dublin.

She raised her right arm, revealing a huge, hairy armpit and, as she pointed to all the people sitting at the bar she asked, "What man here will buy a lady a drink?"

The bar went silent as patrons tried to ignore her. But down at the end of the bar, an owly-eyed drunk slammed his hand down on the counter and bellowed, "Give the ballerina a drink!" The bartender poured the drink and the woman chugged it down.

She turned to the patrons and again pointed around at all of them, revealing the same hairy armpit, and asked, "What man here will buy a lady a drink?"

Once again, the same little drunk slapped his money down on the bar and said, "Give the ballerina another drink!"

The bartender approached the little drunk and said, "Tell me, Paddy, it's your business if you want to buy the lady a drink, but why do you keep calling her the ballerina?"

The drunk replied, "Any woman who can lift her leg that high has got to be a ballerina!"