24th August 2019
Plus 7 and dry when driving in.
It was a stunning start to the Bank holiday. Mist in the valley below.
David Bass and local farmer Edward Cookson were in this morning to ride out a couple of lots.
Third lot this morning (9.30)
Sue Maine was here to see her KBRP horse Shinobi.
Peter Bennet-Jones was here to see his imposing Prince Llywelyn. I think PL is the biggest horse in the yard..a good 17.2.
Paul and Elizabeth Kellar were here to see Mon Palois.
Where do I start with the cricket.. Lets just say we have had the most amazing summer of cricket.
There have been huge highs and some extreme lows. The World Cup was the high and yesterday performance at Headingley was the absolute pits, yes the lowest of the low..
Thankfully I missed a great deal of it as John and Penny Perriss, Clare and I had a rather good lunch at The Plough in Cold Aston.. John and Penny were heading home that way after their visit yesterday to see their horses.
At York Battaash broke the speed track record, while Stradivarius sauntered to another million pound bonus..Weatherby’s must have regretted offering a Million pound bonus for stayers.. Stradivarius has now won it twice..
Here are a few sillies for the weekend
I bought some shoes with memory soles – it doesn’t seem to have made much difference to my memory!
The car manufacturer said that the driver’s seat holds memory – and I thought my memory was in my head!
By the way, I thought getting old would take longer.
Some things are better left unsaid – I usually realize that right after I say them.
A wise man once said – nothing!
Have a good one.. not too hot.. see you on Monday..
23rd August 2019
Plus 15 and dry when driving in.
A record weekend ahead.. The weather is going to break it..
Enable.. Don’t we all wish we had one?
What an extraordinary horse she is 12 out of 13 and yesterday she goodbye to British racing in some style.
Yes she was very longs odds on to win but so what, the opposition was not the issue it was more of a case had she recovered from her last race when she had a hard one..
She swanned around the paddock before the race like a catwalk model and after her won she returned to a Jofra like reception…
The crowd went mad for her and rightly so. It was wonderful to watch.. It is not often that racing has a bar emptier and Enable did that yesterday.
They say that Yorkshire is Gods own county and yesterday they might have been right.
We had our own bit of cricket when Clare, Archie and his mate Ben and I went to Lord's to watch the T20 Blast.. Middlesex v Hampshire.. rather one sided.. Hampshire won.. all too easily.
Back to today..
Daren Smith was here second lot to see his KBRP horses Arthurs Sixpence and Vinndication and he brought along Neil Mutton, Darren Mann and Rob Walsh for a first visit to Thorndale.
Later in the morning John and Penny Perriss called in to see their horses.. John’s Bobhopenohope, Getaweapon, Illuminated Beauty, Lots Of Luck, Rocky’s Treasure and Penny’s Station Master and Wandrin Star. .
A vet was in for his Friday visit. Graham Potts away.
Yorkshire carries on hosting the sport today. York and Headingley.. Another fascinating day ahead. Today it is all about speed..and stamina
A big day for Mat..He collects the keys to his new house..
If my body was a car, this is the time I would be thinking about trading it in for a newer model I've got bumps and dents and scratches in my finish and my paint job is getting a little dull...
But that's not the worst of it.
My headlights are out of focus, and it's especially hard to see things up close.
My traction is not as graceful as it once was. I slip and slide and skid and bump into things even in the best of weather.
My whitewalls are stained with varicose veins.
It takes me hours to reach my maximum speed. My fuel rate burns inefficiently.
But here's the worst of it.
Almost every time I sneeze, cough or sputter, either My Radiator Leaks or My Exhaust Backfires
22nd August 2019
Plus 11 and dry when driving in.
Thursday.. Our easy day….really?
Doctor Nicholls.. Yes all First Aid exams passed although I am not sure I will be placing a scalpel in Mats hands.. I am sure he is now very adept with a bandage… and advice.
I started taking photos of horses last night to update the horses in training section of my website.
It is a job Leigh Pollard, my travelling head girl, probably hates as it takes time and you have to wait on the clouds moving away to let the sun shine..
No jockeys in today.
I visited Martin Jones mid morning to catch up with the horses that are still there..
Top man Martin who breaks our horses in so well.. he gives them time, which is something many can’t nowadays.. Yes it is all about team work.
The weather looks good and all eyes will be on Jefra Archer.. he will empty the bars for his first spell.
If you have never ventured to York races and enjoy your racing then it is a course that you should visit before you die..Not sure that is a good analogy after Mat's week..
When Roy Hudd later became the undertaker Archie Shuttleworth on Coronation Street, it brought many invitations to dine with funeral directors.
He would often decline, but couldn’t resist when one undertaker signed the request with “Eventually yours”.
21st August 2019
Plus10 and dry when driving in.
There is nothing I enjoy more than walking round the fields looking at my youngsters..Babies..
Last night was no exception.. Lovely as these horses are it is nearly time for them to start work. Time to start turning good looking horses into good racehorses? Dreams....The future..
David Bass and Tom Bellamy were in this morning for a couple of lots.
Peter and Lois Burke with daughter Laura and grand children Georgie and Charlotte was here third lot to see the KBRP horse Yeaveing Belle.. A family day out?
We had another vet visit early this morning.
Archie’s racing pony has to have a nasal swab 4 days before it runs to see if he carries the dreaded flu virus.. He runs at Southwell on Monday. He ran last week, and the week before; he has been swabbed every time..
One would assume the BHA, in their wisdom, would know that these ponies once swabbed are very unlikely to carry the virus, but it is a BHA ruling that every time they run they have to be swabbed..
Frankly the cost of calling a very out every time it runs and sending the swab to Newmarket is a bit excessive?
Some of you will be pleased to know that the gallop camera is back working.. The problem was a home based one this time..
A tidy office is good news, but this time we managed to dislodge a wire that goes into the main box.. Sorry.. no more dusting..
Clare and I popped down to Taunton yesterday lunch time to watch Archie play cricket.. he is down there most of the week playing in a cricket festival.. We arrived to watch him bowl 3 fiery overs and then the game was over. They lost!
It is all happening in Yorkshire this week..
York Races .. the best racing in the North..
Mat finishes his First Aid course today and we all have to hope he passes his exam.. if he fails he will have to do it all again…. Plenty on his mind at the moment as he takes possession of his new house on Friday..
Humour on a First Aid course…
Much talk of funerals and of some other unfortunate graveside incidents..
The rabbi of Maidenhead has often struggled with the deceased’s music requests, particularly in the days of CDs when mistakes were common.
At one funeral, the departed was a Queen fan who wished to be buried to the strains of We Are the Champions.
Regrettably, someone got the wrong track number and the congregation heard Another One Bites the Dust.
20th August 2019
Plus 7 (yes 7) when driving in. Autumn must be here..
Also here this morning was Ciaran Gething.. Riding out a couple of lots..
Michael and Mary Dulverton's Talk Of Fame and Happygolucky returned to the yard after spending time doing a bit of pre training with Lucy Jackson.. They look well.
Tuesday vet visit..David Blakey was in this morning.. Graham Potts is away.
Sandra Steer-Fowler called in to see her horse Cinderbella..
I was interested that some of you picked up on the fact that Mat is away for three days on a First Aid Course..
Every business has to have a first aider for those times when help is needed; Mrs B and now Mat (when he finishes his course) are the yards first aiders.. Mrs B heads off for a refresher course next month.
Ben Hastie and his team of Cheltenham Racecourse ground staff have finished rebuilding our schooling fences and what a great job they have done too.
Ben and his team have just finished a walk 102 miles to Bath along the Cotswold Way in aid of Racing Welfare. Not too late to sponsor them..
Mat said that humour was in short supply on yesterdays first aid course..Apparently his suggestion that Chinese burns were a form of burn was not acceptable..
Trials faced by undertakers.
One arrived at a grieving home to collect a corpse and found two sons next to a sofa where their father’s body lay.
The team went to lift the cadaver, which suddenly started coughing.
It transpired they were supposed to collect the mother of the house, who was in bed upstairs.
The funeral director thought this was an understandable error.
“She looked better than he did,” he explained.
To finish.. The Last Samuri is really enjoying his new career.. He won his first rosette on Sunday at a fun ride at Highclere.. #topteam..
19th August 2019
Plus 13 and dry when driving in.
I finally saw some play at Lord’s..
A 5th day is fairly unique nowadays.. Well it was, but then you must not forget that the first day was a total wash out. So really it was the fourth day .. A full house on a Sunday at Lord’s .. Not to be missed.
Johnny Ruck Keene and I took the train from Banbury and enjoyed what can only be described as a brilliant days cricket.. It nearly had everything..
Stokes scoring a stunning century when it looked like we might have a dodgy start.. all delayed due to rain..and then the declaration soon after lunch when Stokes had his runs..
Jofra Archer soon lit up the afternoon session.. This man empties the bars, and not many do that.
He was electric and soon had two wickets and a couple of knock downs .. all reverting stuff.
A given catch when perhaps it should not have, made the last few overs tense, well if you were an Aussie..
Sadly light stopped play and The Australian's held on for a draw; but it was a fabulous day to be at Lord’s. The next three Tests will be interesting.
I bumped into TNDGB early on and predictably he was off the radar as quick as a flash by telling me that he had just seen Steve Smith and had asked the great man how he was feeling.. so so was the answer.. Yes.. I have not nicknamed TNDGB for nothing..
Soon it was announced that the greatest batsman in the world was going to take no further part in the game.. so, so so was right ..?
Johnny I were going to settle down for a quiet lunch in the Harris Garden but then we were collared by TNDGB to join his table which included Marcus Fernandez and Donald Mackenzie who was over from Nashville for a couple of Tests....Mistake..expensive but fun..
Training home to Banbury after a very enjoyable day.
Monday morning and fresh horses.
Ian Dimmer was here second lot to see his KBRP horse Yeavering Belle.
Mat is away for the next three days on a First Aid course.
Cresswell Legend returned to the yard after his holidays..
I saw this in the Times last week..
There are more ashes at Lord’s than the ones in the urn. The Harris Garden there is a popular scattering place for cremated remains.
The MCC permits this outside of the season but friends of a recently deceased member, John Cornett, didn’t wait.
They set out to perform the ritual during the washout on Wednesday, but heightened security was likely to confiscate a suspicious powder.
So, one of the conspirators purchased a large pork pie, scooped out the meat inside and replaced it with the ashes.
A wise selection: as any speaker of cockney rhyming slang knows, pork pies are perfect for deception.
17th August 2019
Plus 13 and dry when driving in.
It was anything but dry yesterday, especially when I finally made it to Lord’s.
No play to watch, which was annoying after such a good morning for England... Never a good way to spend an afternoon, Lord's and no play.. but that was made up by the evenings entertainment.
Trainers J.J O’Neill, Paul Nicholls, Neil Mulholland and I were their trainers there along with their jockeys Richie McLernon, Harry Skelton, Harry Cobden, Bryony Frost and David Bass.
All had either trained or ridden them a winner.. well with a 40% strike rate of runners to winners and 10 of their 11 horses winning they really did have a season to celebrate.
Cherry Jones, who bred and shares Rose To Fame with the Broughton’s was there last night sporting a huge smile..
Nicholas and Cherry won with their home bred filly Game and Set at Newbury yesterday, so Cherry had much to celebrate..
Sadly Rose To Fame failed to make it onto the big screen in last nights film, which showed all the Broughton's winners.
Andy Ash and Freya Trotter were there representing The Racing Manager… Martin Broughton is one of the companies main backers..
Archie was 4th in his pony race at Wolverhampton..9 stone is the racing weight for the ponies which sadly for Archie is impossible.. too tall and 10 stone..But he enjoys his racing.. next step?
David Bass was in this morning looking fresh and well after his late night in town.
We jumped Robin The Raven and Rhosneigr.
We have a quiet weekend with no runners.. We have had very few this runners this summer and only 3 winners. The same as last year..
A woman from New York was driving through a remote part of Arizona when her car broke down.
An American Indian on horseback came along and offered her a ride to a nearby town.
She climbed up behind him on the horse and they rode off.
The ride was uneventful, except that every few minutes the Indian would let out a Ye-e-e-e-h-a-a-a-a!' so loud that it echoed from the surrounding hills and canyon walls.
When they arrived in town, he let her off at the local service station, yelled one final 'Ye-e-e-e-h-a-a-a-a!' and rode off.
"What did you do to get that Indian so excited?" asked the service-station attendant.
"Nothing," the woman answered "I merely sat behind him on the horse, put my arms around his waist, and held onto the saddle horn so I wouldn't fall off."
"Lady," the attendant said, "Indians don't use saddles……………………..."
Have a great weekend and see you on Monday..
16th August 2019
Plus 13 and dry when driving in.
Not sure how dry it is going to remain.. especially as I am heading to Lord’s later.
Tom Bellamy was in for a couple of lots.
David and Frances Ratcliffe plus David's sister Sue were here to see David's KBRP horses Vinndication, Siler Kayf and Arthur's Sixpence.
Archie and his pony headed off early to Wolverhampton pony racing. They had to be there by 10.
Hottest July and looks like we are heading for the wettest August. You have to feel sorry for the local farmers who still have a huge amount of harvest to be cut… The knock on effect of a wet August will be felt later in the year… Mind you reading the papers harvest prices will only be the start.
Tom Siddall finished his teeth rasping yesterday. The point of doing the horses teeth..Tom will be back here fairly regularly as and when other horses return from their pre training.
Norman Carter enjoyed seeing his horse Sunblazer having his photo day. The final photo was of Sunblazer heading up the gallops with Archie on board in full racing kit..
Lord’s, what a day yesterday. Especially for Andrew Strauss. A red day in memory of his wife Ruth and those images of his two boys ringing the famous bell to start play will be remembered for many years.. I was at Lord’s when Andrew made his debut with a century in 2004.
I am heading there in hope, but later I am heading to The National Theatre where the Martin and Jocelyn Broughton are hosting a party on The Deck to celebrate their excellent season of 23 winners. The horse they have here Rose To Fame added two to their total..
There has been an interesting advertising war taking place over the Ashes.
We have a new owner of the month..David Shuttle..Also a cricket fan
I am not going to add a joke today.. I dont need to....Maddy P
15th August 2019
Plus 15 and dry when driving in.
I forgot to mention yesterday that jump racings holidays were over.. Newton Abbot and Worcester racecourses were back in action yesterday.. They raced, unlike Lord’s, where they did not play all day....Weather?
We had supper last night with my sister Moo, her husband Pete and Helen (Taylor) Shaw who was staying. Helen was over from Dubai..
The Milan Girl returned to the yard.. She has been holidaying with Jason Maguire.
Day 2 of the August Tattersalls sales.. Strong trade again.. Day 3 today..
Busy here this morning.
John and Pat Lee were here third lot to see their KBRP horse Does He Know.
Norman Carter was here to see his mare Diamond Gait and also see Sunblazer (now officially retired) who was having his photo taken by Sue Westwood-Ruttledge.
Phil, Bobby, Joe and Gill Andrews called in late morning to see their horses .. Dandy Dan, Duke Of Earl, Mr Grey Sky, Party Fuzz, The Edgar Wallace, Those Tiger Feet and his KBRP horses Arthurs Sixpence, Blazon and Vinndication..
Trainer Harriet Bethell had a terrible accident on her gallops last week and as a result is in intensive care.
Her father William, who has been granted a temporary trainers license, gave a heart wrenching interview with Matt Chapman after Harriet's horse Steel Helmut won on Tuesday night at Lingfield... All our thoughts go out to Harriet and wish her a full recovery..
Happy 20th birthday to Cameron Watt...
14th August 2019
Plus 13 and raining when driving in.
Jockeys David Bass and Ciaran Gething were in this morning to ride out a couple of lots.
We jumped Robin The Raven and Rhosneigr.
Andy and Julie Wilkinson were here for a Morning on the gallops.. They are racing fans who are currently staying on Cheltenham Racecourse for the week.. soaking up the atmosphere?
Talking Cheltenham.. their ground team were here yesterday rebuilding three of my fences in preparation for the coming winters schooling.. They will be back in a couple of weeks time to finish the other two fences.
Today is the start of the Lord’s Ashes Test..
Sadly judging by the weather forecast there might be a huge amount of play today.
Tattersalls August Sales in Ireland saw a top price of 80,000.00 euros. Still strong trade.The sale continues today
I am quoted in the Guardian.. Most of what I am quoted is true.. 'It won’t happen overnight, but I am surprised it is not five days already. I think it’s inevitable,” the bit in italics is not..
Mark Twain also said..Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18…If only!