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During these difficult times I imagine that many bars and restaurants are having a difficult time.

Some of the restaurants have opened for takeaways and some bars are selling coffee to take away (but no beer.)

My local PMU is still selling cigarettes and ice creams (and, of course, they are taking bets) but I bet most of its normal profits come from their bar and restaurant.

So, in order to support my PMU I go there every morning for a takeaway coffee. I sit down on the wall that overlooks the lake and just watch the world go by and the village coming to life.

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So, not only am I supporting my PMU, it's also a bit of fun for me.

In France we call it... un acte de solidarité.

I do have to admit that, over the last week, I have also been taking half an hour off and sneaking out in the afternoon to do the same thing but I get an ice cream instead of a coffee.

Yesterday I was sat having my morning coffee and my mate, Yannick, came over and sat a couple of meters from me.

Now, Yannick only bets on trotting races and really can't understand why I burst out laughing when they are shown on the big TV in the PMU.

He feels that because there are no silly jumps to jump over and none of that silly cantering or galloping to get in the way of things...

Trotting races tend to run truer and, for him, are far more profitable.

He's been suggesting for quite a while now (nagging is too harsh a word - he's a mate, after all) to test my ratings on Trotting races.

Yesterday I gave in and have rated one race today at Laval; it's included in today's Spotlight Ratings PDF.

This is just a test so that I can analyse the results and I certainly won't be betting on it. Weirdly enough, I shall be watching the replay after the race is run - I'll try not to laugh too much.

Compass Ratings

There are 11 races at Sha Tin on Sunday.

The link to the ratings for those races (top 3 rated) is here...

The link to the ratings for those races (all horses) is here...

Spotlight Ratings

From today, I am including the French ratings in with the American and Australian ratings.

There are, so far, 2 Group/Graded or Listed races in Australia and one in America today.

I gave you the ratings for these yesterday.

By the time that you read this, the Australian races will have already been run.

There are also two decent French races at Bordeauc le Bouscat.

I have included those in the ratings that I sent out yesterday.

Here are the links to those ratings...

As explained above, I have also rated 1 Trotting race - that is also shown on the ratings PDF but I shall only be watching rather than betting.

Something to make you smile...

Some silly jokes...

1). A man stops by his local florist shop to buy flowers for his new girlfriend. He asks the proprietor, "You know the expression, 'You should say it with flowers'?"

"How about three dozen of my finest roses?" the florist asks.

"Make it a half dozen roses," the man answers. "I'm a man of few words."

2). The young man was on his first date with the new girl. Things were going well. As they rode along in his new car, she turned to him and shyly asked, “Would you like to see where I was operated on?”

The young man gulped and said, “Why, sure.”

”Okay, ” said the girl. ”We’re passing the hospital now.”

3). Two Martians landed on a corner traffic light.

“I saw her first,” one said.

“So what?” the other Martian replied. “I’m the one she winked at.”

4). “Do you know, why Andrews is so popular with the girls?”

“No, why?”

“When he sits down beside a pretty girl in a bar, he tells her, 'I’m not really so tall, I’m just sitting on my wallet.'"

5). A man was very much in love with a woman. One day she told him that the next day was her birthday. He told her he would send her a bouquet of roses... one for each year of her life.

That evening he ordered twenty-one roses with instructions that they be delivered first thing the next morning. As the florist was preparing the order, he decided that since the young man was such a good customer, he would put an extra dozen roses in the bouquet.

The fellow never found out what made his girlfriend so angry with him.

6). A man walks into a drug store with his 8 year old son. They happen to walk by the condom display, and the boy asks, "What are these, Dad?"

The man, matter-of-factly, replies, "Those are called condoms, son. Men use them to have safe sex."

"Oh I see," replied the boy pensively. "Yes, I've heard of that in health class at school."

He looks over the display and picks up a package of three and asks, "Why are there three in this package."

The dad replies, "Those are for high school boys. One for Friday, one for Saturday, and one for Sunday."

"Cool!" says the boy. He notices a pack of six and asks "Then who are these for?"

"Those are for college men," the dad answers. "Two for Friday, two for Saturday, and two for Sunday."

"WOW!" exclaimed the boy. "Then who uses these?" he asks, picking up a 12-pack.

With a sigh, the dad replied, "Those are for married men. One for January, one for February, one for March..."









Whatever you are up to today...

Stay safe and healthy.

As always...

My kindest regards



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