Quieter weather for a few days, a chance for things to dry out and no sign of frost for now.  Entries later this week at Musselburgh, Newcastle and Carlisle so looks like getting busier and Lucy off to Sedgefield today to ride her old friend Stanley Bridge in the 2.20.  Took the opportunity of a rare quiet weekend to nip over to the West Waterford point-to-point in Co Cork on Sunday and then whizzed around looking at a few horses yesterday morning, lunch in Cork and back home for evening stables, good fun and informative at a number of levels – a few snaps from Sunday…

Irish point-to-points remain refreshingly scruffy affairs despite the money that is involved

Irish point-to-points remain refreshingly scruffy affairs despite the money that is involved

The crowd are passionately interested in the horses and racing, unlike at many point-to-points in Britain, here they are huddled round a monitor trying to watch the Troytown chase at Navan- won by Balbriggan on whom we were underbidder at Doncaster in May.

The crowd are passionately interested in the horses and racing, unlike at many point-to-points in Britain, here they are huddled round a monitor trying to watch the Troytown chase at Navan- won by Balbriggan on whom we were underbidder at Doncaster in May.

Of all the horses I saw I was particularly taken by this German bred roan horse that had made all to win one of the maidens

Of all the horses I saw I was particularly taken by this German bred horse that had made all to win one of the maidens

They start them young...

They start them young…