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9th April 2024

Plus 8 and wet when driving in. 7mm last night

There is hope as the 100k Mares Novice Hurdle race from Kelso's last Saturdays's abandoned meeting has been rescheduled. It is now a 50k race for last season's novices to be run on May 8.. A huge opportunity for mares so early in the  new season! What a difficult winter.. weather wise.

Tuesday morning for us brings in Nigel and Donna Hall and Neil Adams here second lot to see their mare Brendas Asking.. A first visit to Thorndale..Sadly David Carey was unable to join us.

We have our usual vet visit and this weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts were Fair Frontieres down 3 to 119 while Magical Escape up 3 to 119..

Not a good headline to read in the Racing Post..‘Significant headwinds' force Jockey Club to reduce prize-money contribution for remainder of 2024’

Total attendance at the Cheltenham Festival in March, which is hugely important to the Jockey Club's financial year, was down by 10,600 overall…

You can tell the Grand National is just around the corner as the news channels are talking about it.. Ben Newman and Kevin Blake on Sky News yesterday.. Kevin Blake was excellent.. Click here to watch

Newton Abbot next week is already off..

The 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale, French for drinking lime juice under canvas, was marked on Monday.

GK Chesterton once wrote that “if an Englishman has understood a Frenchman, he has understood the most foreign of foreigners”, while they say all kinds of rude things about les rosbifs, but our countries get each other much more than we like to let on.

The French writer Claude Gagnière, for instance, summed up our national summer sport perfectly, especially given the results in the first round of the County Championship: “The teams enter the field. The umpire whistles. It starts to rain.”