So, whistle-stop tour of Yorkshire yesterday left me feeling a bit like Lucy must feel most days, 5am start, 7 hours 45 minutes driving and back home early evening – main difference was not having to ride in 3 or 4 races in between but attend a couple of meetings instead; much easier and all-in-all a very useful day.
Back here this morning and a cool stiff breeze and most importantly no rain, lots going on and horses on the all-weather, in the school and hacking. A new arrival today was King Brex (Den), came up from Charlie Mann’s Lambourn yard via Uttoxeter courtesy of Jean McGregor. Perhaps the bracing Scottish air will help rekindle this Danish bred gelding’s form. Leaving us is Lucy Henry who is riding out for Lucinda prior to going to work for Philip Hobbs in September, she has been a great help and should have fun in deepest Somerset, hopefully she will be back in here to ride out from time to time.
Other Lucy away at 6am to ride at Southwell; Prideus in the 2.35 and Morning Farewell in the 4.50, then to Newcastle on the flat tomorrow to ride Hot Rod Mamma in the 3.05 and back down to Startford on Sunday to ride Hightown in the 4.35 – not exactly a quiet time of year… Entries for Perth next week are out, a little thin which is unsurprising, very disappointing news that Hereford and Folkestone are shutting down, let’s hope it proves a spur to action rather than the tip of the iceberg…………

Just in case anyone knows anyone looking for a broodmare or companion horse we have a 5yo chesnut mare available, she has been broken and is quiet and easy to handle but unfortunately we have discovered she has non-hereditary heart murmur, she would probably be free to the right home and has a good National Hunt pedigree, do get in touch…