19th October 2021
Plus 16 and drizzling when driving in.
David Bass was in for a couple of lots.
Francis Brooke and Richard Pilkington were here second lot to see their horses Chianti Classic and El Presente
Phil Case was here third lot to see his KBRS horses Percy Veering, Parc d’Amour, Fair Frontiers and Hendra House.
Ed Shaw one of TCEH vets was in this morning and this weeks movers and shakers in the BHA charts were..Diamond Gait down 2 to 118, Rockys Treasure down 3 to 136, The Bull McCabe down 2 over hurdles to 125 and down 32 over fences to 128 and finally Wandrin Star went down 2 to 136
Huge well done to Harriet Bethell.. She has walked Pontefract racecourse. Harriet is an extroadinary person and what she has been through makes us all realise we are one kick away from something terrible.... to support and sponsor please click here. To watch her interview on racing tv click here.
The T20 World Cup started on Sunday..
Not a huge fanfare here but the rescheduled ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 is taking place in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. The West Indies are the defending champions, having lifted the trophy for the second time in 2016. Fixture and matches.
The shocking stabbing of Sir David Amess has rightly led to huge tributes from all parties in Parliament including one about a boiled sweet..
Stephen Cottrell as you can imagine wrote a wonderful tribute in The Telegraph and below is how he finished it....
My heart goes out to his wife and family and the constituents of Southend West. I am praying for them.
I will endeavour to remember David in what can feel at times an increasingly more vulgar, less tolerant, nasty and vituperative world by trying to be kind, by loving my neighbour, by cultivating opponents with persistent kindness and by refusing to respond when people ask me to take sides on anything other than the common good of all God’s people.
David Amess didn’t wear his faith on his sleeve. He wore it in his heart. That’s the best place for it. It means it runs through your very being.
18th October 2021
Plus 11 and dry when driving in.. Rain on the way.. I hope so.
Stratford on Saturday was fairly hectic and not much fun if you were an owner as the racecourse was heaving and the owners had to share their facilities..
My day did not go according to plan.. Diamond Gait was running OK until a mistake stopped her in her tracks and she was frankly lucky not to fall. While Sammeo really does not fancy being a racehorse and will now head down the eventing route with Lucy Jackson.
Oisin Murphy was crowned Champion Flat jockey.. The flat jockey championship oddly enough finished on Saturday when the season still has a few weeks to run.. The trainers title runs until the end of the season. I am sure it all makes sense? Anyway Champions Day at Ascot was a fabulous days racing
Fresh horses and most waiting on rain before they run.
Vinndication and Espoir De Romay had a session of pole jumping with Laura Collett.
The big queston raised in todays Racing Post.. Is Does The Cheltenham Festival exert too much of a gravitational pull on the rest of the season?
A blonde and a brunette decide to go to the movies together.
The picture had a scene with a horse race in it.
Before the race starts, the brunette turns to the blonde and says "I'll bet you fifty dollars the black horse wins."
The blonde says "OK, you're on!"
The scene ends with the black horse barely winning, so the blonde pays up.
The brunette decides to confess; "I have to admit that I saw this movie last week."
The blonde replies, "So did I, but I didn't think that black horse could possibly win a second time!"
To finish.. Happy birthday to two KBRS members.. Vince Burmingham and Sue Main.
16th October 2021
Plus 8 and dry when driving in.
Driving is what I did a great deal of yesterday.. The M6 was closed both ways so traffic around Birmingham was exceptionally heavy and my journey to Uttoxeter took 3 and ¾ hours instead of 2 and ¼..
Anyway we arrived which was important as I was pulling our runner Talk Of The Moon.. There was a moment when I thought I might have to ring her owner Ed Hawkins and declare her a non runner.. again.. thankfully the seas parted and we found a way to the races to arrive in time..
TOTM ran well to finish 4th.. There was no pace so she had to lead and although very green in front she did not disgrace and will have learnt a huge amount from the experience.. so positive vibes all round after her run.
Uttoxeter was busy as usual and it was good to bump into Matt Lambert.. His drive home to Sussex might not have been fun!! My drive home was helped by Charlie Longsdon who rang me to let me know traffic conditions around Birmingham..
Up at Fakenham Rockys Treasure finished 2nd.. probably a lucky one, but having said that he was nearly very lucky as he might have been gifted the race when a loose horse turned the wrong way and took one out and nearly the other..Sam T-D did well to stay on.
Shocking news about Sir David Amess.. what has our world come to..there is sadly a huge unhappy undercurrent in the country at the moment, but that was a totally barbaric and shocking death.. How his family will cope lord only knows..
I much enjoyed reading this email from Piers Dibben..
Dear Kim, We hope you had a good time at the conference, rekindled friendships and found the sessions interesting and helpful.
There was a good level of interest in our new 'conveyor style toilet', which is carbon neutral in use. The toilets are also significantly lower cost to install and operate which we hope will create opportunities for Councils to install them where traditional alternatives had been too expensive.
We will be in touch with everybody who visited the stand, but if you missed us, and would like a chat, please do get in touch. Meanwhile, please find our toilet information brochure enclosed.
This was shortly followed by..
Apologies – I don’t know why that all went out to the wrong people! You may wonder what a conveyor toilet is – think generation game!
Thanks Piers, at least you made me laugh.. I wonder what a conveyor style toilet is..? Click here and see if you can work it out..
David Bass and Harrison Beswick were in this morning. Ciaran Gethings is riding in France.
No visitors.. we must smell Piers?
Dont miss Ascot Champions Days .. Cracking racing..
I was in a public toilet and had just sat down...when I heard a sweet female voice from the next cubicle, she said "Hi!, how are you?"
Embarrassed, I said, "I'm doing fine".
The voice said "So what are you up to?".
I said, "Just doing the same as you, sitting here!".
From next door, "Can I come over?".
Annoyed, I said, "rather busy right now".
The voice said, "Listen, I will have to call you back, there's an idiot next door answering all my questions"
Have a great weekend and see you on Monday
15th October 2021
Plus 12 and dry when driving in.
Virginia Johnson has very kindly given Creswell Legend to me to race in point to points.. The original plan for Archie to ride, but his cricketing commitments have rather not helped his cause when it comes to spending enough time to ride. So with Virginia’s agreement I am going to let Lauren start off on him and see how she gets on.. There may well be others who might have the chance as well..
It is so hard to get youngsters going and this is an ideal way for them to learn without the pressure of being on a racecourse proper for all to see.. Life is all about learning and that is something we never stop doing..I can only help and offer, but the rest is up to Lauren..She rides well and deserves the chance
Talking about help..
We are incredibly lucky being based where we are as we have a bevy of brilliant event riders on our door step.
Ginny Thompson is in here at least three afternoons a week riding many of our horses.. It is so good for these horses to have another discipline taught to them, it helps them enormously..
Gold Medal winner Laura Collett is also just up the road..
Laura has been well taught by the famous Yogi Briesner and Yogi is a man who has helped me out in the past with problem horses and jumping.. you surely would have heard of him being mentioned by many trainers in the past..
Anyway Laura loves her racing, and although I am sure she longs to ride in a race, she does enjoy teaching the odd racehorse.. We took Vinndication to visit her and Laura just jumped on him and had him sorted in seconds.. fearless and brilliant..
Archie home later for half term.. two years ago he and I flew to Sydney to see Harry..
“On teaching:...the job seems to require the sort of skills one would need to pilot a bus full of live chickens backwards, with no brakes, down a rocky road through the Andes while simultaneously providing colorful and informative commentary on the scenery.”
14th October 2021
Plus 11 and dry when driving in.
Wetherby was fast ground yesterday and they will be hoping for substantial rain before their big Charlie Hall meeting in two weeks time.
It seemed like it was a big crowd there yesterday, well at least it felt that way as all my last visits were without. The Bull McCabe was not on a going day which was dissapointing..
A very early start this morning taking Ajero, Vinndication, Wandrin Star and Inca Rose for an away day.
Early start means a short blog I am afraid....We have no runners today..
John, a village doctor, was awakened at 4 a.m. to make a house call. He reluctantly got dressed and braved a snowstorm.
After the examination, he told the patient to send immediately for his lawyer and relatives and friends and make a will.
When he got home, he told his wife what he had seen and done.
His wife asked, "Was the patient really that bad?"
John said, "No, I just didn't want to be the only idiot called out on a night like this."
Happy birthday to Gwen Meacham and it would have been my mothers birthday today too..
13th October 2021
Plus 9 and dry when driving in.
Frustrating..Second..By a nose..Not mine!
I Spy A Diva will have learnt a great deal from yesterdays run at Huntingdon. But annoyingly seconds don’t count, especially when it comes to GBB races....Owner/breeder John Perriss was nosed out of 14k..
Nothing to add..
Wednesday morning and David Bass, Ciaran Getting’s and Harrison Beswick were in to ride out.
Michael and Mary Dulverton was here second lot to watch their horses perform while Gwen Meacham was here to see her KBRS horses Gerard Mentor, Charming Getaway and Voyburg.
We jumped Samatian, Sammeo and Shantou Express.
On the box heading North with TBM was Yeavering Belle.. YB has been retired to the paddocks and heading home to the Borders via Wetherby.. .
YB has given her team The Belle Stars so much fun over the time they have leased her from Ian and Tocky McKie and now she has 5 wins to her name and with her pedigree she will make fine babies.. and winning racehorses of the future..
We are now looking for a horse to lease for this winter, and beyond. If you have a horse you would like to lease please get in touch through this web site or ring Peter Kerr on 07901763643..
A Greek and an Irishman were sitting in a Starbucks one day comparing their two cultures.
Over a double latte, the Greek mentions “We built the Pantheon, you may recall, along with the Temple of Apollo.”
“Well, it was the Irish that discovered the Summer and Winter Solstices.”
“But it was the Greeks who gave birth to advanced mathematics.”
“Granted, but it was the Irish who built the first timepieces.”
Knowing that he’s about to deliver the coup de grace, the son of Athens points out with a note of finality: “Keep in mind that it was the ancient Greeks who invented the notion of sex as a pleasurable activity!”
“True enough, but it was the Irish who got women involved.”
12th October 2021
Plus 6 and dry when driving in.
Racing mourns the death of Trevor Hemmings.
Trevor loved his racing and was a hugely successful owner.. he put a vast amount back into racing and was a incredibly popular man.. Racing and his many friends will certainly miss him.. This was an interview he did with Nick Luck..
No jockeys today as David Bass is having a lie in having been here yesterday.
During what would be our breakfast break I was asked by Emma Briggs to do a zoom call/lecture to all her students..Talking about my life in racing and what we do etc..
Graham Potts our vet was in for his Tuesday visit..
This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts were..Ajero down 2 to 137 Does He Know up 5 to 147, Gerard Mentor up 1 to 88, Shantou Express down 5 to 135 while Diamond Gait is rehandicapped over hurdles at 120.
Prize money is a big issue in this country and on that note I see that Philip Hobbs is planning on sending his decent staying hurdler Thyme Hill to France for a crack at the Grade 1 Grand Prix d'Automne on November 6, a race won by Reve De Sivola, Zarkandar and Thousand Stars between 2013 and 2015 and worth €157,500 (£133,632) to the winner.
Thyme Hill's UK alternatives are..The bet365 Hurdle, registered as the West Yorkshire Hurdle, at Wetherby on October 30 offers £28,475 to the winner, while Newbury's Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle, which Thyme Hill made a successful reappearance in last year, has a first prize of £34,170.
A hotel guest calls the front desk and the clerk answers, “May I help you sir?
The man says, “Yes, I’m in room 858. You need to send someone to my room immediately.
I’m having an argument with my wife and she says she’s going to jump out of the window.”
The desk clerk says, “I’m sorry sir, but that’s a personal matter.”
The man replies, “Listen, you idiot.
The window won’t open.. and that’s clearly a maintenance issue.”
11th October 2021
Plus 6 and dry when driving in.. It looks like another dry week ahead.
What a stunning day it was yesterday. BBQ and lunch outside.
Tyson Fury.. What a match.. By the end it was like watching the final fulongs of a 4 miles chase on very heavy ground.
Monday morning and .. your thought I was going to say fresh horses?
David Bass was in for one lot.. we jumped I Spy A Diva and Shinobi
Marion Hudson was here third lot to see her two KBRS horses Espoir De Romay and Younevercall..
Racing has an ability to bind people and on that note I would like to say that Vince Burmingham has probably had a fairly difficult 18 months with his Residential Care Home Hendra House.
Vince made it to see his KBRS horse Does He Know win at Chepstow on Friday.. His first days racing for well over 18 months and almost his first day out in public…
As a trainer I probably have a fair idea how much a winner means, but I don’t think any of us really know how many people a winner and a horse's career takes with them.. So it was with that in mind that I am going to let you read what one of Vince's staff wrote.. an Ode..
But before you read it just remind yourself what Vince wrote a guest blogger on May 14 last year.. read it again.. I had so many positive comments after
Odd Ode - The Good Ship Hendra
Like every other care home, we’d faced choppy seas before
But with the risk of Corona Virus we could all be washed up on the shore
What with ever changing forecasts, of what we could expect
After 18 years of sailing, we could all end up as wrecks.
So, we summoned up the crew, and took them to one side
They said don’t worry Captain we are ready for the ride.
Our precious cargo were our residents, those of the human sort
We knew we had to protect them and sail safely back home to port.
Without our personal protective equipment, we knew we all could die
But thanks to forward planning we had a good supply.
Our Captain AKA Care Manager was of the highest class
Like every other care home, we prayed the storm would pass.
We then received the strongest message, it came back from the crew
Ships Officers do not worry, we know what we can do.
Call HMS Furlough aside, and take some crew away
The rest of the good ship Hendra have all decided to stay.
Away from all their loved ones with very little rest.
Beyond the call of duty, we knew we had the best.
Everyone helped each other and developed brand new skills
From cooking, laundry and cleaning but not administering pills.
The Captain’s family lost a loved one, but she still decided to stay
Hugs and tears with family, can wait for another day.
Our cargo is so precious, that’s why we do the job we do
And that’s why the good ship Hendra, is a very special crew.
We exchanged our comfy billets we left upon the shore
And all dossed down like sailors do, with a mattress on the floor.
51 long days passed without rest, not even for a day.
“That’s what we signed up for” because that’s the Hendra way.
Captain monitored our wellbeing, as we became a little weary
Individual emotions were also stretched, and at times a little teary.
One by one we went ashore, replaced from Furloughs crew
Each one just as committed, and we all knew what to do.
Family members from afar, worried about the cargo on our ship
And even wished sometimes that they could have joined us on this trip.
This battle is not over yet, and yes there’s been a cost
But the good ship Hendra still sails the sea’s, without one life being lost.
There are so many similar ships spread throughout the land
As social carers of this great nation, together we took the stand.
Politicians called us unskilled, again we knew they lied
Without our passion and dedication, so many more would have died.
Hopefully when we finally reach land, the virus will have gone
And every one of us will accept, reflect, and simply just move on.
We do not do this for money, but recognition would be fair
We gave our hearts and so much more, just because we care.
9th October 2021
Plus 12 and dry when driving in.
Did you know how pleasing it was to watch Does He Know win his first chase at Chepstow yesterday? Very..
DHK was impressive.. we call him talented, but quirky..
This former English point to point winner had a good season over hurdles last winter and bar a mishap at Newbury his owners had fun .. from a distance.. Now back racing with crowds we had a good turn out yesterday.. The team enjoyed their result although sadly some were not there
The Yes He Does Syndicate....Richard and Sara Fabian, Alan and Sally James, Mark and Melinda Laws, Karen Masters, David and Shantha Shuttle, Peter and Fiona Woodhall, Harry and Sandie Taylor, Rodney and Moira Stoneman, Vince Burmingham, John and Pat Lee and Gillian Clough.
Mat and I returned via Gloucester and bought some Fish..Well I did .. Mat only does chicken!! Fishy Friday..
During evening stabes I started my videos of horses for owners but had to stop when Dougie was found to have collapsed in the yard..Clare rushed him off to the vets and thankfully he seems fine this morning.. Too much excitement having a winner perhaps.
The Ashes is on which is really good news.. Subject to conditions.. Sadly Harry's return for Christmas might also be subject to conditions..
David Bass, Ciaran Gethings and Harrison Beswick were all in to ride out
First guests back from CD Tours for a morning on the gallops.. Liam and Martyn Franek, Geoff and Sue Kirby.
Also here were Mark Strangward and his father in law Gerald Thomas who saw our advert in Owner Breeder magazine last month.
Garry and Tracy Betley arrived third lot to see their KBRS horse Phantom Getaway.
Dick and Anne Bradford were also here to see Grapevine Syndicate horse Starvoski.
No runners over the weekend and frankly we won't have many until we have some more rain.
We all know this one..
A man drove past a traffic camera and saw it flash.
He couldn’t believe he had been caught speeding when he was driving below the speed limit for once!
He turned around and drove past again, this time even slower.
But as he passed the camera, it flashed again. He was angry!
He turned around again and this time drove past at a snail’s pace.
But again, the camera flashed.
“Oh, well,” he thought. “It must be broken.” and drove home.
A week later, he received three tickets in the mail for not wearing his seatbelt..
Tomorrow is travelling head girl Leigh Pollard's Birthday. Best turned out lady.. yes again with DHK at Chepstow.
8th October 2021
Plus 11 and dry when driving in
It will be a brief blog this morning.. Late night and an early start..
Gerard Mentor, well why did you not win.. Travelled well and looked all over the winner jumping the last but oh no he was second again. I said on my insights yesterday that he should win if he wants to..He has the ability.. Frustrating for all involved as we all want a winner.
You know I hate being second and this one will hurt as I am sure he will go up again in the BHA ratings next week..
Worcester... Just love the place.. Marton Abbey ran well and with promise to finish 5th.
This ex English point to pointer showed that he would benefit from further and the experience..but we ran there because it was genuinely good ground, which it won't be for long judging by the weather forecast.. ..
Try getting out of Worcester after the last when you are in a hurry.. to go partying!
My visit to Cheltenham Racecourse yesterday to meet up with Ian Renton, Nevin Truesdale, Stuart Clark the CFO and Sophia Dale was certainly interesting..
The Jockey Club has been doing a bit of a roadshow around the industry, talking about our business, Covid challenges, future plans, Prize Money etc.
I mentioned in the meeting, which Ben Pauling was the only other trainer invited, that owners really need to see report..
The McCoys last night was a hugely glitzy evening. Many awards from Jockeys, Trainers, Owners and stable staff.. Richard Johnson was understandably emotional for his Achievement award and received a stand ovation but the nights biggest and longest standing ovation came for Simon Claisse when he won his award..
Cheltenham really are going to miss his expertise and knowledge on how to handle the Festival and all its problems.
The night was compared by the father and son team of Rupert and Oli Bell..
It was a very early start taking Chianti Clasico, Hurlerontheditch, Imperial Aura and Pipesmoker away for a day out..
Nick Brown and Paul Wells were here mid morning visiting Thorndale for the first time and see their mare Queenohearts