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Having been off-air, (and some might rudely suggest, off-form), last week I thought it time that I bring you up to speed with various happenings. Luckily while visiting my chums, I left you in the hands of the Pharaoh of Galway, who produced a couple of double-digit winners, to the extent that backing him blind would have shown you a profit. He is in danger of becoming a useful performer!

In my absence, the post box was “full” of questions and queries from concerned listeners and I have sent both to my friend The Judge. He is currently at Pardubice trying to work out the form for the 129th running of the world’s toughest cross-country, which has been won by just six horses in the last ten runnings. The Judge has promised me a considered reply by Monday, in relation to Conditions Races and claimers, and the apparent inconsistency of the Arc ratings. When I have them, you’ll have them.

France was delightful, and thank-you for asking. It was warm, sunny and smelled in the main, reassuringly French. Menton hasn’t changed much, Grasse was as always and the only blot on the horizon

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