Some cloud around this morning but lovely warm breeze courtesy of low pressure further North and sunny again now, set fair for another 10 days, just fab; firm ground yesterday at Perth but loads of happy racegoers enjoying a fine day out, including me and great to see Lucy Normile and her team notching a double at the expense of the plethora of Welsh and Irish raiders.  So, after detailed discussions with my gallop advisors decision taken to perform an in situ re-laying of the existing gallop followed by the top-up rather than carting the whole thing down the hill and back up again, much better and all being well the process will start later this afternoon and be complete by the end of the week, here’s hoping.  In the meantime we will use the riverbank and I was pleasantly surprised by walking one of the haylage fields and discovering it was no worse than fast side of good.

Pure peat - seems to retain a little bounce despite the drought

Pure peat – this completely flat 20 acre field seems to retain a little bounce despite the drought

This field sits on a deep base of about 18 inches of black peat, this is generally a bit of a nightmare as when it gets wet it quickly goes bottomless and, apart from me nearly disappearing in it once, the Fife Farmer often sinks his machinery creating havoc with the drains (which he’s very good at fixing of course) – its no use most of the time for horses but I think the giant sponge might just come into its own over the next few weeks.

Cat or T in the Park?  The former - may it be forgiven!

Cat or T in the Park? The former – may it be forgiven!

This time last year we were kindly invited to Glorious Goodwood by the sponsors of the feature Group One race, I saw fit to take myself off down Jermyn Street to buy what I have since called “the world’s most expensive panama hat,” I was therefore rather disappointed this morning to discover that one of the cats had deposited it’s breakfast on it, when presented with the situation the cat’s owner tried to blame the late night revellers returning from T in the Park, not sure but a poor start to the week, no runners for us this week but Lucy heads to Beverley tomorrow to ride Meglio Ancora in the 5.05.

This 4yo by Dushyantor by a winning French flat mare is from a good family and is improving all the time as we start working with him, he is for sale for £6000.

This partly broken 4yo by Dushyantor out of a winning French flat mare is from a good family and improving all the time as we start working with him, he is for sale for £6000 to stay in the yard.