Properly cold now, feels like deep mid winter, the land stripped bare but the AW in fine shape and 35 horses working steadily on it this morning.  No declarations for Wetherby, forecast very poor, lots of declared runners though and no less than 247 entries for Doncaster on Friday, the backup due to abandonments is well under way.  Let’s hope the frost covers are working at Ayr where we hope to be well represented on Wednesday.

Bits

Bits

Another little “licensing” digression; popped into a restaurant for a quick pre-cinema supper last week, Mrs A orders a cocktail (as she does), Lucy aged 24 asks for one too, ID to prove you are over 18 requests the manageress, no ID said Lucy, Kit aged 23 orders a beer, ID requested and produced, beer served. I say-but he is her younger brother and he is 23 as you can see, no way would she believe me, no ID = no cocktail for Lucy, hmm. This is the time of year we like to go to the cinema, recently seen The Imitation Game (excellent), The Theory of Everything (excellent) and Taken 3 (not very good at all).

Buckets

Buckets