A challenging day at Ayr yesterday weather wise and mixed fortunes on the track; Clan Legend continued his progress nicely to finish 5th, Titian Boy’s jumping was very sloppy, he can be like that at home and he can be very good at home, ultimately though he is still just too big and weak to be competitive, he remains a nice prospect. Clan Chief ran a big race under top weight in his first handicap but weakened a trifle tamely after the last to finish 4th, having won his bumper on this type of ground I have assumed he would be best on it but I now think I would like to try him on better ground. Little Glenshee didn’t apply herself for a second and ended up smashing through the 4th last and losing Lucy. With that wonderful thing called hindsight she should never have been there at all and I blame myself for that, luckily horse and rider are fine this morning, if a little bruised.

After her run the car was a little quiet to begin with on the way home but to be honest any day that you bring all horses and riders home in one piece is alright with me and we soon cheered ourselves up and there were a lot of laughs. No runners now before Kelso on Saturday, we sponsor that day, sadly no runner this year in our race but it looks like being a first class day’s racing if the excellent entries convert to runners.

A brief flit to London Town in the mean time, Little Red, how we will miss you, some business to attend to, nearly started in minor disaster when on arrival at the departure gate Mrs A realised she had left her phone in the car, having explained to her what a clot she was it was only when I offered to text all the family to let them know that I realised I had done exactly the same, oh dear, talk about humble pie!

Further to my Mullins diatribe I shall finish with a quote from France’s champion trainer, Guillaume Macaire, in today’s RP “the systems in the two countries are very different, in my opinion it is a lot more of a pyramid in France than in Britain which is very elitist and where you need the real top guns in your stable to win good money, here you can make money with horses of average ability and every horse unless they are very bad can earn their keep” ….. hmm.