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30th October 2015

Plus 13 and wet when driving in. 8 mm of water has landed on us over the last 24 hours.

Relief? Yes; but he did it well. Charbel won on his hurdle debut at Stratford yesterday.

There was a bit of pressure to make sure Charbel won yesterday at Stratford.. nothing like waiting for the last race with rain coming down and the ground getting softer and tackier every minute; knowing you are running a horse who wants decent ground..

Julie Martin, Charbel's co owner was there, although husband David was sadly working; Linda Redmond was there to support.

Jill Lamb, who with the help of Irish trainer Tom Hogan, bought Charbel at the Goffs Punchestown sales in Ireland after his two bumper wins, made the journey from Newmarket to watch her purchase..

Charbel travelled well in the race and came wide turning for home and jumped the last in front and won cosily enough. He will be a vastly different horse next time on better ground.. Yes very exciting. This stunning looking horse looked imposing in the paddock and duly won best turned out.. Well done Chloe Roberts who looks after him and Leigh Pollard my travelling head girl.

Anyway great excitements after the race as Julie not only won a decent prize as it was £10,000.00 race but she also won a further £3,333.00 as the race was ROA sponsored and as she is a member the £10,000.00 jackpot bonus was split 3 ways yesterday as there were three winners who qualified. Well done Stratford for putting up decent prize money.. we were better off going to Stratford to win than at Wetherby on Saturday which has less prize money on offer.. predictable?

Jockey Tom Bellamy was in for a couple of lots.

We jumped By The Boardwalk, Mor Brook and Grand March over fences.. too dark for photos in the rain..

Martyn and Elaine Booth were here this morning to watch second lot and have breakfast. Good to see them.

After breakfast I went to David Allen’s funeral at Edgcote . David was a great man and a wonderful person to train for.

Mat headed to Uttoxeter where we have a  couple of runners. Aliandy and Magic Money are both ridden by David Bass; for my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Penny Perriss sent this over..

At the Chicago Bulls Basketball team home games they have a Kiss Cam.

The idea is that couples images are displayed on the big screen over the basketball court and if your image is shown you should kiss your partner.

It works most of the time, with one notable exception. Click here to watch..

Goes to show how some people actually let their mobile ‘phones run (and ruin!) their lives.

Take note !!

To finish dont read this!