A fine week of lovely autumn weather but a grim little morning today, cold & wet with a strong easterly wind, yuk, a sign of things to come and hopefully calmed down before I tackle the links in East Lothian this afternoon.  With any luck back in the car to listen to the big race from Leopardstown at 5.45, a stellar line up indeed, if, of course, they actually line up given the weather, time will tell but hope so and it will be fascinating to see weather Golden Horn can restore his reputation after the balls up at York, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him revert to making the running.  His conqueror that day is due to line up against the mighty Treve at Longchamp tomorrow on Arc Trials day, an intriguing contest and there could easily be an upset as I am sure they will be saving a little bit of Treve for the big day in three weeks time.

Gotcha (Stephen), a sweet but impatient 4yo filly

Gotcha (Stephen), a sweet but impatient 4yo filly

So, Stephen did well with Gotcha at Perth on Tuesday but she hasn’t the temperament for racing and having been far too keen, the steering went half way down the back straight and Stephen pulled her up, ironically she is perfect to do at home and is available FOC to the right home, she is out of a sister to a classic winner as well so please contact me if any interest.  Great to see the horses hardening up here, 24 in full work now and most of them should be ready to run in a few weeks, this rain should allow us to put the finishing touches on them on the grass gallops.  Next week we have Andhaar entered on the flat at Carlisle on Tuesday and Marlee Massie and Afterclass in at Kelso on Wednesday, the latter may also have an engagement at Hexham on Friday.  I thoroughly enjoyed a trip to watch the dressage phase of the European Eventing Championships at Blair yesterday, I found  it completely mesmerising and I just hope today’s rain doesn’t make the course too slippy for today’s cross country.