Baileys Blog

23rd July 2024

Plus 14 and damp when driving in.

 Tuesday brought in our vet for his Tuesday visit and there were no movers or shakers in the BHA handicap charts.

Paul Nicholls was a relieved man when buying back all the horses that were sold from his stables that were owned by Chris Giles.. Top lot was the impressive bumper horse Regents Stroll.. equally impressive  was his sale price.. a record £660,000
The last share in Does He Knows half brother has gone.. naming time now..

 “A rainy day in Ireland is better than a sunny day anywhere else.” – Irish Saying

“In Ireland, the summer is just a brief interlude between rain showers.” – Irish Proverb

“There’s no better way to enjoy the summer than with an Irish breeze and a pint of stout.” – Irish Saying

“The summer sun in Ireland has a way of making everything seem like it’s covered in magic.” – Irish Proverb

22nd July 2024

Plus 14 and dry when driving in.

Please spare a thought for Alice Proctor who was had a horrid fall at Cartmel and is now in intensive care in Preston hospital... 

Lady Gwen did not behave that well in the paddock and I am afraid she was not good at the start either, but when she did start and ran well to finish 5th.. A big improvement on her last run..

Biden standing down..

Cricket.. England home and hosed

Golf.. Xander Schaulffele won The Open.. Justin Rose tied for second..

Moving on to horses...

The Sogann 3 year old out of Diavoleria (half brother to Does He Know) has been broken in by Martin Jones and now heads back here for a month out at grass.. Peter Kerr who runs all my KBR partnerships/syndicates has one/tenth share left in this lovely chap.. Please ring Peter on 07901763643 for further details..

“Ireland, it’s the one place on earth that heaven has kissed with melody, mirth, and meadow and mist.” – Irish Saying

“In Ireland, the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs.” – John Pentland Mahaffy

“Ireland is a land of poets and legends, of dreamers and rebels.” – Nora Roberts  

“Summer in Ireland is like a welcome friend who stays just long enough to make you miss them.” – Irish Proverb

20th July 2024

Plus 14 and dry when driving in.

Thunderstorms on the way??

Mark Woods bowled at 97.1 mph yesterday. He bowled the fastest over ever recorded in English cricket.. you have .4 of a second from the moment the ball leaves Mark's hand before it hits you!

The West Indies battled well..Superb century by Kavem Hodge..As usual I am wrong, it is not such a one sided match!

So what did you think of last night ITV! programme Champions Full Gallop?.. A really good insight to our sport..

We have a runner tomorrow at Stratford..Lady Gwen runs there and for my thoughts please click here.

An old farmer drove to a neighbour's and knocked at the door.

A boy, about 9, opened the door.

The farmer asked, "Is your Dad home?"

The boy replied, "No sir, he isn't; he went to town."

The farmer said, "Well, is your Mother here?"

The boy said, "No sir, she went to town with Dad."

The farmer said, "How about your brother, Howard? Is he here?"

The boy said, "No sir, He went with Mom and Dad."

The rancher stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot to the other, and mumbling to himself.

The boy said, "Is there anything I can do for you? I know where all the tools are, if you want to borrow one, or I can give dad a message."

"Well," said the rancher uncomfortably, "I really wanted to talk to your Dad. It's about your brother Howard getting my daughter, Suzie, pregnant."

The boy thought for a moment, "You would have to talk to Dad about that. I know he charges $500 for the bull and $50 for the hog, but I don't know how much he charges for Howard."

On that note have a great weekend..

19th July 2024

Plus 13 and dry when driving in.

Warm yesterday and will be warmer today..

Samantha Drake and James Kenyon were held up in horrific traffic yesterday so they rescheduled their visit and arrived yesterday afternoon.. What a great day for a tour of Thorndale?

An outrage this morning.. Sign of things to come??

We jumped Fairie Cutlass first lot..

Cilla Wills was here third lot to see her KBRS horse Zmiinyi... Carol Bailey joined us..

Our vet was in for his Friday visit.

Andrews Bowen started their annual gallop maintenance this morning.

Cricket.. England going well, probably a one-sided contest but who knows..Whatever it was a fun days watching.

The Open in Troon and it rained..Not a great start for Rory..

Tonight on ITV1 racing has its big series.. .. Champions..Full Gallop..


A gorgeous young redhead goes into the doctor's office and said that her body hurt wherever she touched it.

“Impossible!” says the doctor. “Show me.”

The redhead took her finger, pushed on her left shoulder and screamed, she pushed her elbow and screamed even more.

She pushed her knee and screamed; likewise she pushed her ankle and screamed.

Everywhere she touched made her scream.

The doctor said, “You're not really a redhead, are you?”

“Well, no,” she said, “I'm actually a blonde.”

“I thought so,” the doctor said, “Your finger is broken.”

18th July 2024

Plus 13 and dry when driving in.. It is getting warmer!

John and Laura Garrett called in to see their horses.. Jeudidee, The Bull McCabe and his KBRS horses Magical Escape, Fair Frontieres and Gerard Mentor... They then went up to see Jason Maguire who is breaking in Lully du Houx.

Samantha Drake called in late morning.. A first visit to Thorndale for her..

Good to see Robert and Nicola Baillie yesterday.. Robert supplies all our haylage and as a passing comment, just before he left, he mentioned that prices were on the move.. upwards!

The BHA sent round a circular yesterday informing us that Nurofen has been added to the banned drug list when found at the races.. in the racecourse Stables to be precise .. Apparently, a horse was found nuzzling through a stable staff's personal handbag and met a packet of Nurofen..!....No joke.. if caught, the stable person or rather I imagine the trainer faces a £1500.00 fine..Some headache!!

I was slightly concerned that all those magnificent fighter/bomber planes that have been flying over Thorndale for the last couple of days were preparing for World War 3 (might be) but it turns out that the Fairford's Royla International Air Tattoo starts today.

It is golf's time for the spotlight as The (British) Open at Royal Troon also starts today.

Also starting today is the Second Test against The West Indies at Trent Bridge.

Talking cricket.. The England Ladies team have won their T20 series against New Zealand


A Motorway patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car on the M1

Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the blonde behind the wheel was knitting!

Realizing that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the policeman wound down his window, with his hand hard on the his horn, yelled, “PULL OVER!”

“NO!” the blonde yelled back, “IT'S A SCARF!”

I forgot to mention that it was Grand National winning jockey Marcus Amrytage's 60th birthday yesterday.. it was not in the Daily Telegraph even though he writes for them!

17th July 2024

Plus 11 and dry when driving in..5 mm of rain yesterday

Football didn't come home.. Summer never arrived.. Might as well put up the Christmas tree!!

But summer is here, well at least for a few days..

Phone back up and running.. What a palava.. Those of you who sent whatsapp messages from Sunday to midday yesterday, I am afraid they have not arrived.. Lost in space or the cloud?!

Robert and Nicola Baillie were here third lot to see their KBRS horses Mikhailovich, Isle Of Gold and Magical Escape.

The England Football manager Gareth Southgate has resigned.. What a job as whatever you do you cannot please everybody and listening to the wireless you wonder what he has ever done to be there in the first place!!

But please note that he made history by not only becoming the first coach to guide the national senior men’s team to a second major tournament final but also their first on foreign soil. Gareth has been in charge for eight years and 102 games…

I take my hat off to him.. Enjoy a bit of quality time Gareth as in my opinion you deserve it..Who knows.. those who moaned might wish you were still there in 2 years’ time when the World Cup comes around..

The King's Speech later.. Hummmm?

Now that the horses are starting to return to Thorndale we are still looking for somebody to drive the tractor and help in the mornings.. we will also be looking for a new member of staff.. We have a happy team here so if you fancy a change do get in touch..

Paddy and Mick were having a few beers at the bar together, recounting old times when the call of nature caused them to line up at the stainless steel, still deep in conversation. But Paddy could hardly ignore the fact that Mick was very well endowed. “I say, ’tis a remarkable dong you have there,” Paddy was prompted to remark. “Wasn’t always that way,” replied Mick. “Medical science can do wonders with transplants these days,” he said.

“I got this done in Dublin. It costs me twenty thousand euros, but as you can see, well worth it.” Paddy was envious. He packed his bag that night and drove to Dublin. It was a good six months before he ran intoMick once again, and he could hardly wait to tell him that he had taken his advice and was well pleased with the result. “You were diddled. I got mine for ten thousand euros only,” said Paddy.

Mick could hardly believe it. Same address in Dublin, same doctor. Thinking that he had been ripped off, he asked Paddy if he could have a look. Once more, they lined up at the stainless steel and when Mick took a peek, the worried frown which had creased his face disappeared, and he started laughing.

“Why are you laughing?”

“No wonder you got it at half price,” Mick laughed. “That’s my old one!”

Happy birthday to Laura Ruck Keene

16th July 2024

Plus 14 and when driving in. 14mm of rain here yesterday.. 7 mm at Worcester and 30mm at Nottingham racecourse!

More rain. St Swithins day yesterday so are we in for 40 days of wet weather? On that note poor Newton Abbot fell foul of the yesterday’s weather when their forecasted yellow warning hit them and waterlogged the racecourse..They have had a torrid time this year in more ways than one.

Alex, our blacksmith, spent most of the yesterday hammering on new 'Dr Martins' to the horses feet that returned from the fields.. back breaking probably.. sweaty.. not in this weather!

Really sad to read that Richard Landale has died.. Richard was a star for Kelso and for racing in the North.. He was always good fun to be around and he certainly made Kelso what it is today.. He will be hugely missed.

Call me a grumpy old man but when I saw a Gloucester Highways truck with two men filling in the 4 huge potholes on our local road my instant reaction was that my mug of tea would not spill over my trousers when driving in every morning..

I went to thank them, but then noticed that the biggest pothole was not filled.. When I asked them if they could or were going to, they said that it was not on their ticket and had not been ringed with a white line, so no!.. I does make you mad at times??

Tuesday brought in our weekly vet visit.

It was good to see Graham Potts fully recovered from his day with Mat at Lord’s..  Apparently it was a long day and even longer journey home?

Paddy and Murphy Enjoy a Day Off

Two best friends, Paddy and Murphy, are working on the site of an office building.

Paddy says to Murphy, "Well, buddy, I'm going to get a day off by pretending to be mad!"

Paddy climbs up the rafters, hangs upside down by his knees and then shouts at the top of his lungs, "I'm a light bulb".

He kept saying it until the foreman had enough and yelled, "Paddy, you fool! You've gone mad. Go home!"

Paddy leaves the site. Murphy starts packing his things so that he, too, can leave. The foreman asks, "Where are you going?"

Murphy says, "Well, I can't very well work in the dark, can I?"

To finish.. Happy birthday to my daughter in law.. India Bailey..Mind it could well have been yesterday, but without my phone to remind me I am slightly guessing!!

15th July 2024

Plus 9 and dry when driving in.

3 days in Scotland fishing with mates.. what better way to spend time ..

Nicky and Sophie Henderson asked Clare and I to join them at Knockando and what a treat.

We arrived and the house was full, so we were able to watch England beat The Netherlands with a supportive and patriotic  crowd.. A good way to start the party?

Willie and Caroline Jenks and Hamish Alexander were staying, although they trooped off home on Thursday to Shropshire or France leaving Charlie and Caroline Barrett, The Henderson’s, and us to enjoy the river.. So beautiful.

Clare struck early and caught a whopping 17lb fresh salmon while I over the trip caught three.. Infact we all caught fish, well not quiet true and Caroline B lost 4.. there were 16 for the small one was kept for the BBQ..The rest returned to the river..We were so well looked after by the excellent ghillie's Archie Baillie and his son Mark..

We fished from 9.30 until dark at 11.. Full on, with breaks in the much needed times! Plenty of banter and not a great deal of horse talk..even after a few drams of the local brew..

There is something remarkably relaxing about being on a river and especially in Scotland. It is a time to savour the beauty and frankly you really would not know what was happening in the outside world.. Probably helped by the fact that I dropped my phone late at night having just left the river, and it was probably run over by the time Nicky found it in the I was very much out of contact.. something Nicky said he could not cope with!!.. Anyway I am sure Vodafone will delivery a new one tomorrow and until then I have now moved my sim in an old phone found in the office...

Back home in time to watch Spain beat England in the Euro's Final.. having listened to the men’s Wimbledon final on the way down.. Yes a good weekend for Spain..

Monday morning brings in another batch of horses from the fields below.

Paul Martin was here to see his KBRS horses Percy Veering, Phantom Getaway and Moon Rocket.

It is Gerald Clinton’s Memorial service this afternoon at 2.30 in Exeter Cathedral

I hope Keith Ellis enjoyed his birthday yesterday... he certainly deserved to.

St Swithins Day

Thought of the day..

Maybe if we tell people that the brain is an App. They might start using it!

11th July 2024

Plus 11 and dry when driving in.

Not so much driving in as driving North..

Mrs B and I are staying with Mr and Mrs NJH for a couple of days for a bit of fishing on the River Spey at Knockando..

A visit and stop at The House Of Bruar on the way up to deliver Archie’s old bowling machine and net to Patrick and Sophie Birkbeck.. Their son George is very keen on his cricket.

Mat is also away today as he is a guest of one of cricketing’s old school players.. Yes, Nick Cook.. Nick is hosting a box and god help Mat by the end of the day.. Mat travelled to London with Graham Potts.. Mat wore a tie just in case?

Peter Kerr was here this morning to look after John and Kate Elliott who were here to see their KBRS horse Grand Escaparde..Paul and Didi Joslin were also here to see their KBRS horse Shantou Express..

This really is the most shocking story everybody in racing is so shocked

Last night's football... bloody hell england won. Great game to watch 

Excellent start for Gus Atkinson on his maiden Test. 7 for 45.. special indeed

Alf and Sid, both in their nineties, used to meet every morning at the park to talk about old times and their shared passion for cricket.

“D’you think they play cricket in Heaven?” asked Alf.

“Dunno” said Sid, “but I tell you what, the first of us that gets there should let the other one know.”

A few months passed and Alf popped his clogs.

Sid carried on going to the park and one day he heard a voice,

“Helloooooo Sid”

“Who’s that?”

“It’s Alf. You can’t see me Sid, but I can see you.”

“Alf” said Sid, “do they play cricket in heaven?”

“Well I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we do play cricket in Heaven. The bad news is that you are in the first eleven tomorrow.”

On that happy note..No blog now until Monday I am afraid.. Hopefully full of fishy stories?

10th July 2024

Plus 13 and raining when driving in.. There is hope of a couple of dry days ahead?

Uttoxeter.. well, it rained there and the ground changed from good to firm to soft and heavy in places with standing water.. yes ‘summer racing’ for you! Hence we did not run The Bull MCabe.. Thankfully we did not have to even put him in the horsebox.

Sky Sports Racing were here this morning to film and interview Aamilah re her ride in the Charity race at Goodwood later this month.

This is the First Lord's Test against The West Indies..There will be a sell out crowd to say farewell to England's greatest fast bowler Jimmy Anderson..

England against The Netherlands tonight..!! Spain won last night..This chap is brilliant..

Mat and I both had our hair cut yesterday...Mat goes to one in Charlton Kings... while I have mine cut by Mario Costantinou..

I know it does not take long to cut my hair nowadays, but Mario is always good company and good for a laugh.. and is always full of local gossip.. You never quite know who you will bump into there whether it be for a hair cut or a psssing coffee, so it was no surprise to to see one of our KBRS owners Kevin Ahern in the chopping chair before me..Kevin has a share in Isle Of Gold..

Fabulous tennis from Wimbledon.. play due to roof! No singing in the rain!"

“My husband can do the work of two men. Unfortunately those men are Laurel and Hardy.” Jo Brand, during a live stand-up show

“Act your age, not your shoe size ... that means something different on the Continent.” Richard Herring, at the Edinburgh Fringe 2006