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31st July 2018

Plus 12 and damp when driving in. Welcome rain again overnight.

A good turn out for Belinda Kwiatkowski’s wake yesterday..Wonderful tributes..always sad, but it was good to see Marek who was over for 4 days.. he heads back to Adelaide today.

Winter times are dog walk late at night is now in the dark..

Not dark yet in the mornings which is a help, especially as Graham Potts was here just after 6am to collect blood out of every horse.

We always take a blood once the horses are back in to see if they are lacking in anything and it helps build up a picture for later in the season. All horses will have their blood taken in a months time to compare.

Galway last night saw Ruby Walsh back in the winners enclosure..He has been off since the Cheltenham Festival with a broken leg

Work going well on the removal of our all weather surface; Andrews Bowen team doing well... The good news that most of the surface has been sold off and taken away..Bizarrely it is always the hardest part finding a home for it..

There were no movers and shakers in this weeks BHA handicap charts..

We have one runner today at Worcester.. Well tonight.. Thumb Stone Blues and David Bass head there for the 3 mile novice chase. For my thoughts on their chances please click here.

Glorious Goodwood starts today and TNDGB is inviting all racegoers to call in for a drink in the O&T car park where his huge boot is open and waiting ..

"Is that the Ballycashel Echo?" asks Mick.

"How much would it be to put an ad in your paper?"

"Five pounds an inch," a woman replies. "Why? What are you selling?"

"A ten-foot ladder," said Mick before slamming the phone down.

Happy birthday to Gloucestershire latest Lord Lieutenant Edward Gillespie