Changeable today, cool with a North wind, and it’s been a changeable week with plenty of heavy showers hindering harvest, “the project” and our ability to work on the carrot field.  Horses have made good progress nevertheless, it’s a tremendous time of year watching them come together and the rapid progress being made by the younger horses is particularly rewarding.  A sad week though as I have to report the passing of our most senior owner, Lord Cochrane of Cults who died peacefully on Monday a fortnight short of his 91st birthday.  Vere transferred his horses here when Susan Bradburne retired and became a friend and most loyal supporter of the yard and we had plenty of success together, he will be greatly missed but hopefully the connection will be maintained through his son Tom and daughter in law Silke.

Lord Cochrane with Or de Grugy in 2014, a talented and honest horse who won 11 of his 63 starts and filled the runner up slot a further 13 times giving lots of fun.

The week started with a memorable trip to watch Johnny run in the exceptionally well organised Great North Run – what a wonderful event; 57,000 runners lining up behind some of the world’s great athletes including Mo Farah and the top three female distance runners in the world, a fantastic atmosphere and Mrs A and myself thoroughly enjoyed cheering Johnny home.  He might have been half an hour slower than Mo but to record a time of 90 minutes for his first half marathon only a year after he started running was pretty exceptional and he did beat approx 55,600 of the others.

The live tracking app greatly enhanced the spectator experience!

No runners coming up this week, we will hopefully have a handful at Perth for their two day “finale” fixture on 27th and 28th of this month, that should start our season proper off though we won’t be properly busy until later in October.  In the mean time some fun pictures taken yesterday, a practice run for a video we are producing about the yard and our soon to be enhanced facilities.  Do also find the Kinneston page on Facebook – link here, I do a photographic highlights update each week, like it and hopefully it will appear on your timeline though I’m not sure how it works really….

The gallop & schooling hurdles – carrot field mid distance

Yard, walker, round school, house etc….

The menage

And the project…. completion draws ever closer