19th February 2020
Plus 3 and dry when driving in.
David Bass was in this morning for a couple of lots before heading North to ride at Doncaster.
Paul and Angie Lansdale were here for 'a morning on the gallops and breakfast' as seen through my website.
Shirley and David Lees-Henley were also here having met Peter at the day we sponsored a race at Ascot back in December.
Carol Vorderman was here to see her KBRP horse Subway Surf.
Tomorrow our new BHA boss Annamarie Phelps announces the new welfare strategy for the future of racing.. It really is an important document and I just hope that all sides in racing just get behind it and accept what it offers.. Please can we, as a sport, have solidarity rather than division..My prayer mat is huge…?
The BHA have been softening us up with their new video's.. which are excellent..
Graham Potts our vet was in this morning..a day late!
We have four runners today at two meetings.. we were meant to have had 5 but Sadlemor’s blood test was not a good as we would have liked..
Happy birthday to Patricia Ruck Keene..98 today....You are some star..and a very dear friend. Enjoy your birthday lunch party at Moo's..
We also have a new Owners of the month Richard and Sheila Mordan.
As promised Richard Farquhar's...
The Perfect Day For Him
6:15 B... job
6:30 Massive, satisfying shit while reading the sports section
7:00 Breakfast – steak and eggs, coffee and toast – all cooked by naked, buxom wench who bends over a lot showing her growler
7:30 Limo arrives
7:45 Several beers en route to the airport
9:15 Flight in personal Lear jet
9:30 Limo to Mirage Resort Golf Club (b... job en-route)
9:45 Play front nine (2 under par)
11:45 Lunch-steak and lobster, three beers and bottle of Dom Perignon
12:15 B... job
12:30 Play back nine (4 under)
2:15 Limo back to airport (several bourbons)
2:30 Fly to Bahamas
3:30 Late afternoon fishing expedition with all-female crew, all nude who also bend over a lot showing their growlers
4:30 Land world record Marlin (1234lbs) – on light tackle
5:00 Fly home, massage by naked Elle MacPherson
6:45 Shit, shower and shave
7:00 Watch news – Justin Bieber assassinated
7:30 Dinner – lobster appetisers, Dom Perignon (1953), big juicy fillet steak followed by ice cream served on a big pair of tits
9:00 Napoleon Brandy and Habanos cigars in front of wall-sized TV as you watch football game
9:30 Sex with three women....
11:00 Massage and Jacuzzi with tasty pizza snacks and a cleansing beer
11:30 Night-cap b... job
11:45 In bed alone
11:50 A 22-second fart which changes note four times and forces the dog to leave the room
11:51 Laugh yourself to sleep
18th February 2020
Plus 4 and dry when driving in.
We worked Vinndication and Minella Warrior this morning.
Patricia Williams and her husband John were here third lot for their first visit to Thorndale.
No vet in the yard today, but tomorrow..Graham Potts back from holiday?
This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts were...First Flow up 7 to 148 and Blazon up 3 to 69 on the flat.
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Richard Farquhar dared me to print this..Silly boy..
As it is so long, I am going to stretch his tale over two days..
Todays example is one you might expect, but tomorrows .. well I leave that to your imagination..
The Perfect Day For Her
8:15 Wake up to hugs and kisses
8:30 Weigh-in 2kgs lighter than yesterday
8:45 Breakfast in bed – freshly squeezed orange juice and croissants; open presents – expensive jewellery chosen by thoughtful partner
9:15 Soothing hot bath with frangipani bath oil
10:00 Light work-out at club with sexy, amusing personal trainer
10:30 Facial, manicure, makeup application, shampoo, condition, blow wave
12:00 Lunch with best friend at fashionable outdoor café
12:45 Catch sight of partner’s ex and notice that she has gained 17kgs
1:00 Shopping with friends: unlimited credit
4:15 Massage from strong but gentle hunk – says he rarely gets to work on such a perfect body
5:30 Choose outfit from expensive designer wardrobe
7:30 Candlelit dinner for two followed by dancing, with compliments received from other diners/dancers
10:00 Hot shower – alone
10:50 Carried to bed. Freshly ironed, crisp white linen
11:00 Pillow talk, light touching and cuddling
11:15 Fall asleep in his big, strong arms
The perfect day for a man tomorrow!!
17th February 2020
Plus 5 and raining when driving in.
Not as bad as some places but we have had a great deal of rain over the weekend, and the winds have done a fair amount of damage.
Being on top of a hill it could have been so much worse.. Storm Dennis has certainly not been welcome.
We would not have raced here on Saturday, but 60 miles East at Ascot it was nothing like as bad.Tough conditions yes, but racing went ahead.
Two For Gold ran well to finish second.. Yes he was well beaten but again he showed great tenacity and jumped well…
Annoying to lose his chasing unbeaten record but we were proud of him.. Now thoughts of Cheltenham become slightly mudded as he is not good enough to contest the RSA and the National Hunt Chase is probably too far.
Racing held its breath when Cyrname fell at Ascot on Saturday.
It took an age for this lovely horse to appear from behind the screens.. He was winded, and like you and I it takes a while to recover, but when he was up and walking home the whole racecourse applauded and showed how thrilled they were to see this star horse in one piece.. He will not run again this season, but at least he is ok.
Further afield TNDGB won The 81st running of TheGrosser Preis von St Moritz with Wargrave yesterday.
This is the most prestigious event of the White Turf meeting which takes place on the frozen lake at St Moritz each spring...Knowing the trainer and his wife TUMCB they would have had and are probably still having great celebrations!!
With no racing yesterday Clare and I went to lunch with Anthony and Jackie Colburn.. A rare Sunday lunch as most weekends we are racing..
Another fantastic game of cricket..Engalnd won.. Champions...
With the wind and rain here this morning we had fresh horses..
A little boy asked his father,
'Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?'
Father replied, 'I don't know son, I'm still paying.'
15th February 2020
Plus 10 and raining when diving in. The wind was fair but you feel that it will get stronger! Storm Dennis is going to disrupt..
Hugely disappointing that Sandown was washed away yesterday.
As always Sandown were offering huge concessions and a box for the 20 odd team of Racing For Maggie's, owners of Another Venture. Sandown are excellent when racing on non busy days.
No racing meant that I was able to pick up Archie who is now home on half term.
We have a fairly busy morning here and I wonder if we get through it all with being blown over..
Darren Smith was here second lot to see his KBRP horses Arthurs Sixpence and Vinndication.. Darren also brought some friends along for a first visit to Thorndale
Ben Davies was also here for a first visit to Thorndale
David and Julie Martin were down third lot to see their horses.. Charbel, Minella Warrior, Rhosneigr and Trwyn Du.
What was a massive game was yesterdays T20 game.. England beat South Africa by 2 runs.. Moeen Ali back to his very best.
My worry is that the wind gets up late morning and racing is blown away and then the horsebox has to drive back to Thorndale..
Richard Farquhar has sent me a life story which is shocking, and at the end of it he bet me I would not publish hit..Red rag to a bull, is as they say, always a winner..
Not today Richard.. But I will publish next week when I have a day with no racing so I can fend off the complaints..
In the meantime
The Spectator’s agony aunt Mary, was asked this week about the etiquette for kissing during the coronavirus scare.
Her answer: “Air-kissing and hugging are preferable. Make your verbal greeting more enthusiastic to compensate.” Phew.
Over heard at The Frogmill last night...
One woman said to another,
'Aren't you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?'
'Yes, I am. I married the wrong man.'
14th February 2020
Plus I and dry when driving in.
First Flow won yesterday at Leicester by a large margin.
It was described as heavy and most jockeys thought it was the heaviest ground they had ever ridden on at this racecourse.
First Flow just loves those sort of conditions and David Bass said it rode like good to soft on him.
First Flow jumped off in front and was never headed.. He won by 17 lengths.
First Flow only ran once last season due to the dry winter and yesterday was his sixth this season.. this years he has his conditions..
Delighted for his owner Tony Solomons who is my longest serving owner. Tony has had horses with me from my second season and has never missed one since..
Like all owners Tony has had good times and bad times and seasons with out horses going well, but his last two horses have done him proud.
Tony owned half of Harry Topper and now this horse.. what did/do they have in common?
Both have no right to be as good as they are on paper (pedigree) and both love or loved heavy ground.. Both tough as teak and both would run through a wall for you… both are probably freaks!!
Incidentally Harry Topper is loving his new life in Ireland with Kayleigh Thompson who used to look after him when she worked for me. HT is a very lucky horse to have such a wonderful home..
I think yesterday was the wettest I have seen it here at Thorndale.
We had no electricity in the barn and hostel yesterday morning and when we were able to finally track down the cause, thanks to Richard Jones of JEC, we found the main fuse box into the yard had tripped as water was leaking onto it. Richard was here doing other things so we were lucky..
Racing at Sandown today has been abandonned..
I hope you great romanctis have bought your cards and flowrs!!?
First guy says, 'My wife's an angel!'
Second guy remarks, 'You're lucky, mine's still alive.'
13 February 2020
Plus 4 and heavy rain when driving in. We had a load of the stuff overnight too.
Bloody hell Blazon.. A winner at Kempton last night..Blazon likes Kempton..
All day in the car yesterday looking at horses. Shropshire to virtually Wales and back. Saw a lovely Black Sam Bellamy 4 year old filly that is heading this way next season at Willie and Mandy Bryan’s
The pot holes in the roads were awful and the flooding in some areas was no better.
Waking and heading out with my cup of tea for the journey to Thorndale at 5.40 this morning only to find a puncture.. Not happy.. Bloody roads!! HS2 .. no.. repair pot holes.!!
David Bass was in this morning for one lot before heading off to ride at Leicester.. Not sure why he was that keen to be there so early..
Mark and Melinda Laws were here third lot to see their horse Shanacoole Prince and their KBRP horse Does He Know.
There is huge hype over whether Tiger Roll will run in this years Randox Health Grand National.
Owners are having their say about the weight their horse has to carry, but can you hear the complaints when TR fails to qualify..
Tiger Roll has run over fences this season to be qualified to run..’’ Horses have run over fences at least once in the current season before March 16 and finished fourth or better in a chase over 2m7½f or further in their career..
TG runs in the X Country race at Cheltenham..
The forecast says that Storm Dennis is coming this weekend..
Four years ago the Met Office adopted the American habit of naming storms and asked the public to offer suggestions, despite the risk of getting Gusty McGustface.
Ciara was the latest storm and Dennis is on its way but what about the names that were rejected?
Among them were Vader, Voldemort, Baldrick and Noddy.
Perhaps wisely the meteorologists also turned down the suggestion that one of the storms could be called Inateacup.
12th February 2020
Plus 3 and dry when driving in.
We had smatterings of snow here last night.
The Randox Grand National weights were announced yesterday and predictably Tiger Roll has top weight and predictably his owners brother Eddie said he was not happy and Tiger Roll's parcipitation is only 50/50.. Did he really..? Of course he will run if he is OK, otherwise why enter him.
The day sounded like it was a glittering affair and judging by various conversations I had with trainers last night a long one too.. You can watch the day here..
Talking long one.. Mrs B and I were in Bristol most of the day and late home. There was better news and that is another 6 weeks in a neck brace and that, if all goes well, will be the start of a normal life again for Clare.
Racing TV cameras were here early this morning to film Mat at work. All for his upcoming Godolphin award evening later this month.
I am away today looking at horses.. a long day in the car...
Our doctor’s office called to let my husband know that the results from his blood tests came back and he was just fine. That didn’t suit my husband.
“What’s my cholesterol level?” he asked.
“Mr. Crocker, you are just fine,” insisted the nurse.
“Still, I’d like you to mail me the results.”
A few days later, he received a postcard from the doctor’s office. It read, “Mr. Crocker, you are just fine!”
11th February 2020
Plus 3 and dry when driving in.
Todays the day when Tiger Roll knows his weight fate…
The hype starts today.
I will not be there as I don’t have an entry.. Instead Clare and I will be spending the day in Bristol..
Alan James was here third lot to see his KBRP horses Shinobi, Does He Know, Donnie Brasco, Lord Apparelli and Voyburg
Chris Rea our vet was in this morning scoping and blood testing this weeks runners.
This week movers and shakers in the BHA handicap charts are..Diamond Gait down 1 to 127, Hes No Trouble down 1 to 126, Miss Gemstone down 1 to 104, Lots Of Luck up 9 to 96, Java Point enters at 119 and thankfully Imperial Aura stays on 143.
Nick Luck guests in today Racing Post and his article on Kempton rather sums up what many think.
John Disney sent this little tale over..
Norman, an old retired sailor, puts on his old uniform and heads for the docks once more for old time's sake.
He engages a woman of the night and takes her up to her room.
He's soon going at it as well as he can for a guy his age, but needing some reassurance, he asks, 'How am I doing?'
The lady smoothly replies, 'Well Norman, you old sailor, you're doing about three knots.'
'Three knots?' he asks. ' What's that supposed to mean?'
She says, 'You're knot hard, you're knot in, and you're knot getting your money back.'
10th February 2020
Plus 4 and when driving in.
Well Armageddon it was not.. well thankfully not here at Thorndale.
Yes we had torrential rain at times and huge winds, but we probably escaped the worst of the weather. Damage to one of the barn roofs and guttering and a few trees down meant that we were not as badly off as others.
Saturdays racing was wonderful to watch.
It was epic racing and our only runner ran well above what we expected when Java Point finished 4th in what was a very competitive novice hurdle..
JP is going to be a novice to follow next winter.. well bought by Ed Bailey Bloodstock for Neal Giffith, Heather Haddock and Oisin Fanning.
The downside of Saturdays racing was the big hurdle race the Betfair hurdle..
Not the fact that it was hugely competitive, but this stupid rule of a standing start when there has already been a false one. All well and good when you have 3 miles over fences, but when it comes to the most competitive handicap hurdle of the year a standing start ruins too many horses chances.
The race itself produced a fantastic view when most of the field were still in contention 3 from home, but then the horrific fall at the last of Lightly Squeeze turned the race into a 'God I hope they are ok' moment when two others were brought down..
Thankfully all three horses and their riders were ok and the race was won by the progressive Pic D'Orhy.
Monday morning .. Fresh horses in the wind.
Mid morning I hosted the RSA quarterly meeting..
We have no runners today..
8th February 2020
Plus 6 and dry when driving in.
If the weather forecasts are correct we wont be for long..Are we just running scared of Storm Ciara or are we being over cautious?
Sadlemor ran better yesterday at Bangor finishing 5th.. my team were well looked after by this cracking racecourse..
Last night my James and Pandora Lovett (my daughter) stayed and we all went to The Frogmill for supper with Jacko Jackson-Stops and my niece Patience Wootton.
Jacko and Patience have recently become engaged and the reason for their stay was that Patience won last seasons 5 to follow competition and the prize was a stay and supper at The Frogmill.. It was a fun night…
This years prize for those who have not joined and wanted to know is a night at the Lygon Arms..
Saturday morning and a busy one.
David Bass was in and we worked a few..
Ashley Chandler plus 3 guests were here second lot for a tour of the yard followed by breakfast.. Bought at a charity auction.
Roland West and David Green were here for a morning on the gallops as booked through CD Tours
Iain and Angie Bell were here second lot to see their KBRP horses Lord Apparelli and Voyburg. They brought some friends along for a first visit to Thorndale.. Joe Hogan and Julie Dixon
Maurice and Sandy Hill were here third lot to see their KBRP horse the 2016 Yeats x Gold Strike
Jacko Jackson-Stops and Patience Wootton was here third lot too.
Yesterday two horses were not allowed to run in the bumper at Kempton because of passport regularities.. the horses in question were vaccinated but their passports were incorrectly filled in..
We are responsible for that and we get a fine and yesterday both horses were removed from the race..
The reason being that they might spread a virus? What does not make sens is that both horses are allowed in the racecourse stables and were there all day. Infecting everybody else?? Silly rule.. Fine and allowed to run..
Talking of running..
A huge days racing and it is not all about Altior, but having said that he must be the best price ever to win today.. To my eye he did not look fully tuned at Ascot and as a result had a hard race..
Nicky Henderson has given him time and all Nicky wants now is to win at Cheltenham again and today I am sure Altior will be back to his best and must, on all known form, be the proverbial good thing..
Tomorrow at Barbury point to point.. If it goes ahead, we run Doctor Haze in the Air Ambulance Charity race over a mile and 2 furlongs..Rider have to work in a racing yard but not allowed to hold a jockeys license.
I am doing this on purpose so that I can give young Lauren Hawkins a first day in a race experience.
Lauren rides well and deserves a chance to see the other side of riding. I hope racing tomorrow goes ahead and she enjoys the experience.
Have a great weekend and batten down the hatches…
Important to have sense of humour.. especially with friends.. Why was this taken the wrong way..??
To finish..Happy birthday to Mikey Elliot..