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1st November 2017

Plus 8 and dry when driving in.

Chepstow and you have to cross the Severn Bridge to get there and to my surprise they were still charging for the privilege of dropping into Wales.. So much for Mrs May and her promises!

Bandon Roc was never at the races and ran no sort of a race..there has to be a reason why.. it will appear.

First Flow ran well enough to finish 4th again in the bumper. My fault probably for giving his your rider Richie Condon slightly exaggerated waiting tactics but they were for a reason. Richie did nothing wrong and the horse is showing promise.. First Flow will now go hurdling.

This morning we worked Charbel, Chateau Robin, Dandy Dan and Vinndication..

Racings lost.. Mary Reveley a great trainer, a horsewoman and a thoroughly lovely person died yesterday.

I enjoy receiving emails that are sensible so this one from Will Hoffmann of Stopwatch Racing was interesting

'Forgive me for getting in touch via email.

I've been a follower of your blog for the last 3 or 4 years and try and read it every day if I can. It's a great form of PR for your outfit, but also a great armchair read for people like me who adore racing but don't really have first hand experience of yard-life day to day.

You'll perhaps have seen my Tweets - I specialise in clock and sectional analysis - and I always take a particular interest in horses from your stable. This was my note on Red River:

Red River’s race was equally strongly run, and also featured the fastest closing sectionals of the day at Wincanton. He was pouring on the pressure the further they went, and is clearly a smart animal – he should be effective at most trips between 2 and 3 miles, but the intermediate trip looks the best option for now given his ability to both travel and find off the bridle. He is a 120+ animal certainly. Unfortunately, the visual impression he created means he’ll be punished with a tough handicap mark.

I don't know if trainers generally pay much attention to the clock/sectionals, but I find them to be crucial in analysing the quality of a performance as well as the manner of a performance. I also think they're imperative in guiding the direction a horse takes in terms of distance/track type etc.

This may be useful to you (or it may not!) but given the enjoyment you've given me over the years with your blog, I'd be happy to highlight any particularly noteworthy performances as I see them or help guide towards particular distances for particular horses from the yard if you would find that helpful?'

Yes Will thanks .. Time will tell as they say.

A recent article in the Dominion Post, New Zealand, reported that a woman, Anne Maynard, has sued Wellington Hospital, saying that after her husband had surgery there, he lost all interest in sex.

A hospital spokesman replied: "Mr. Maynard was admitted for cataract surgery.  All we did was correct his eyesight!"

To end .. Supper at Prithvi last night with Mrs B to celebrate her birthday. A treat all round..