A dull, dark, damp week so far but brightening up today and extremely mild.  Quiet on the racing front, a chance to regroup and plan;  and at last the opportunity to watch Always Tipsy’s Cheltenham run again, bang there at the 2nd last travelling as well as anything then within 50 yards treading water, initial concerns that he may have gone lame thankfully unfounded,  I can only conclude that he did not stay upped in distance and grade on ground that was softer than ideal.  The trip went smoothly though and we’ll be back before long.

The two Kinneston runners enter the paddock for the first at Kelso last week

The two Kinneston runners enter the paddock for the first at Kelso last week

A strategy in place for the next two weeks, runners hopefully at Newcastle on Saturday and Ayr on Monday, entire yard vaccinated and wormed on 23rd and a quiet few days over Christmas with a view to runners at Kelso on 29th, perhaps Haydock on 30th then a busy New Year.

Celestino

Celestino (left) 

Gives everyone a bit of a breather, greatly enjoyed our final School Carol Service on Sunday night, 21 years I think we have been going to them, our youngest appropriately reading a lesson, I think a first in all those years.  Then blown away by Mumford & Sons in Glasgow on Monday night, restoring my faith in live music, I was concerned I was past my sell by date on that front but far from it!  And the Stables Christmas party tonight in Perth, just as well it’s a quiet week on the racing front….

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Massini's Lady

Massini’s Lady