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31st October 2016

Plus 7 and damp when driving in. Not rain but fog.

Saturday's Ascot meeting was one of the best days racing; jumping and big crowds.

You have to hand it to Ascot's team they work hard at making the whole racing experience fun. Loads of children dressed in Halloween kits and fun fairs for them to enjoy. Great racing for the adults to watch and then a stunning fireworks display after. Even the gate men were up for it.

I have always been a huge fan of racing at Ascot..

The owners experience it always good there and they deserve supporting and with decent prize money they had plenty of runners on what was pretty quick ground.. Our runner Un Ace was too free and keen to get on with it early on and will be a better horse next time he races.

Talking crowds; yesterdays Cotswold Team Chase was a huge success, they ran out of race cards for the first time which gives you an idea that they had many come through the gate.. Good to see Gerry Worcester, who had travelled with some mates all the way from Bristol.. Gerry and Michael own Coco de Champ and Shaluna here..

My daughter Pandora was second in one of the classes but fell in the open class. Thankfully no one was hurt but it would have been firm ground to land on.. Panda luckily did not fall off over the fence I sponsored..

Personally I think all who do Team Chasing are mad.. Adrenaline junkies!!

The Wills family were down.. Clare’s parents and brother Michael and family. Plus mine.

Andy and Ali Sulin called in yesterday morning to see their horse Aliandy.

Monday morning and fresh horses..

Todays Racing Post is all about the Melbourne Cup.. Love to have had a runner in it.

The whole country closes down for the race. it is unlike another. Taxi drivers pull over to listen or probably watch the race on their phones. It is a race that captivates the Australians..

Can a GB based trainer win it.. Michael Bell could so could Saeed Bin Suroor or Charlie Appleby.. Then of course so could Ireland's Willie Mullins, Tony Martin or the invisible Aiden O'Brien. 

4am tomorrow is start time. Read the card and thoughts from Australia

David Ratcliffe sent this over..

A car mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Lexus S460 when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop.

The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his car when the mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hey Doc, want to take a look at this?"

The cardiologist, a bit surprised walked over to where the mechanic was working.

The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, "So Doc, look at this engine. I opened its heart, took the valves out, repaired or replaced anything damaged, and then put everything back in, and when I finished, it worked just like
new. So how is it that I make £48,000 a year and you make £1.7M when you and I are doing  basically the same work?

The cardiologist paused, leaned over, and then whispered to the mechanic.

"Try doing it with the engine running."

To finish..

Happy birthday to Mrs B.. Archie and I cooking supper tonight..