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         Jilaijone Winner at Fontwell

It was terrific to have an nice, slightly surprising winning at Fontwell yesterday thanks to Jilaijone winning the juvenile hurdle at Fontwell.  Our three year old had been placed twice in France and was claimed by owner Sam Sutton after finishing third last time at Angouleme.  There were only five runners in yesterday's race but it looked quite hot on paper beforehand and we were the outsider of the field.  Held up in behind, he travelled and jumped well and came through to challenge two from home.  He got the last a little wrong but stayed on really well up the hill to win quite comfortably in the end.  He may not be the biggest but he has a good attitude and there was not fluke about his win, I just wish I had had a few pennies on!  This was om Scu's 50th winner of the season so very well done to him.

Little Red Lion ran well to a point at Uttoxeter but then stopped rather quickly.  He should improve for the run but it was still disappointing.  Master Blaze would have preferred all the fences to have been jumped (taken out due to sun) but that is not really and excuse while taking the blinkers off of Heure De Gloire did not help her chances after all.  She travelled a little lazily but did keep plugging on.  She finished sixth in the end, not beaten that far but we had hoped for a bit better.

Today, the good news is that racing goes ahead at both Leicester and Hexham after morning inspections due to the threat of frost.  It did dip down to minus 3 at Leicester but they have passed their inspection and we have one runner well on the way to the track.  Abaya Du Mathan runs in the 12.40pm handicap chase over 2m6f with Tom Scu on board.  He has been a little disappointing since winning at Ffos Las earlier in the year but this is a much more realistic target than he faced over the Grand National fences last time.  He actually ran and jumped really well in that race until a bad blunder mid race stopped him in his tracks.  He is a bout 10/1 in the Racing Post and if he puts his best foot forwards he is well handicapped at the moment and fingers crossed he can run well and pick up some prize money.

Alongside the jumping action today, there are two all-weather cards at Lingfield and Kempton.  In Ireland they race on the all-weather at Dundalk.

David and Leanne, Mr Pipe, me and several other members of staff are off to the funeral of Ray Dilliway at Taunton crematorium today.  Ray was the vet a Pond House for many years, for both Martin and then David, before retiring in early 2020.  He had a very short battle with cancer in recent months and passed away in late November.  He was a brilliant vet and a lovely man and we will give him a good send off today.

I watched the Portugal versus Switzerland game last night and Portugal were brilliant.  Portugal have lots of star players in their team but this is the best I have seen them play and they looked really good last night, winning 6-1.  While their opposition were not very good, the Portuguese turned on the style and in this sort of form they can beat anyone.  In the earlier game, it was 0-0 between Morocco and Spain after extra time but Morocco then went onto win 3-0 on penalties.  They are the first Arabic team to have ever got this far and by all accounts they played very well against the Spaniards.  They now play Portugal in the quarter finals on Saturday at 3pm before England take on France at 7pm.

I just spent £1,000 for a rented limousine and found out it doesn't come with a driver.  Can't believe I spent all that money and have nothing to chauffer it!  Have a good day.