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30th December 2016

It was hovering over minus 4 when driving in..

An early text from Haydock to say that they had abandoned todays meeting at Haydock really was not one that I wanted to receive.

What a bloody shame for the owners of Knockanrawley who were so looking forward to this week and have been for sometime.

Our original plans for KAR were always to go for the Welsh Grand National but when he looked like being balloted out we decided on todays big race at Haydock. It was an ideal race for him and one that he had an outstanding chance in .. he even made todays headline on page 10 in todays Racing Post..

One of KAR’s owners Tim Richardson flew up yesterday from Southampton to be there today.. Yes bloody annoying especially when the racecourse said they were more than hopeful after yesterdays inspection.

Aliandy’s owners Andy and Ali Sulin (hence the horses name) had broken off their holidays and headed half way home so they could get to Haydock for the first..

Frustrating..They are always winners when racing is off!!

We had another vet visit early this morning for a few more bloods and trachea washes..

Mel Pyman and  Sue Tagg were here third lot this morning to see their KBRP horses Our Belle Amie, Chateau Robin and Kayf Storm.

Audrey Kingsworth and Mike Schafer were also here for their maiden Thorndale visit to meet their KBRP horse who is an un named Shirocco 3 year old Filly

Yesterday as we had no runners I slipped away to join Oli and Panda Christie and Rupert and Davina Longsdon for lunch..

Well done Michael Worcester.. A fine prospect in Ireland .. Michael's horse Quick Grabim won the bumper at Leopardstown yesterday.

Steve O'Shaughnessy (part owner of Younevercall) sent this email yesterday from Australia..

''Great photos today on the blog, surely there's an entrant there for the countryfile Calendar, I was starting to feel a little homesick being away at Xmas but the pictures and the tales of coughing and wheezing soon shook me out of that mood, got to go now and put some more sun cream on, it's going to be 35c today, see you in the spring and I'll try and bring some warm weather with me, keep the good work up, enjoy reading the blog at supper time.

With Haydock off we still have two runners at Taunton..

For my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Men in Heaven

When everybody on earth was dead and waiting to enter Heaven, God appeared and said, "I want the men to make two lines.

One line for the men who were true heads of their household, and the other line for the men who were dominated by their women.

I want all the women to report to St. Peter."

Soon, the women were gone, and there were two lines of men.

The line of the men who were dominated by their wives was 100 miles long, and in the line of men who truly were heads of their household, there was only one man.

God said to the long line, "You men should be ashamed of yourselves; I created you to be the head of your household! You have been disobedient and have not fulfilled your purpose! Of all of you, only one obeyed. Learn from him."

God turned to the one man, "How did you manage to be the only one in this line?"

The man replied, "My wife told me to stand here."

Clare and Archie return home today having spent a few days up near Kelso staying with Clare's parents.

I hope for their sake that their journey is better coming South than the one they had on the way up North on Tuesday?