The Fife Point-to-Point has traditionally been a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxed day to end the National Hunt Season and we have certainly missed it over the last two years so it was particularly welcome to have it back yesterday and back to its best it was with a decent crowd enjoying competitive racing with plenty to eat and drink.20140426-F14_7491_original  Of course we always felt that someone was missing, John Gilmour “was” the Fife point-to-point for 40 years and whilst it wasn’t quite the same without him I am certain that he would have been delighted with the day yesterday and immensely proud of his family’s revival of this fixture which would not have happened without a huge effort from Fiona and Jim Drysdale and their team, we are all indebted to them for simply “making it happen” – the good Lord even helped out by providing a decent dollop of overnight rain to ensure good safe ground. 10157175_639954436059393_533268845621639322_n No luck for us, Back on the Road and Noir et Vert both ran well for Jamie to finish 3rd but Ocarina just isn’t really firing at the moment and whilst he was competitive to the 3rd last Kit eased him thereafter, will change his regime completely and see if it sparks a revival. A decent 2nd in the maiden on a rare outside ride for Kit and whilst Lucy finished mid div at Haydock how many jockeys get the chance to ride against AP McCoy and Frankie Dettori in the same week? I just loved watching her ride against these top flat jockeys.  So a great end to the season and I thought a cracking day’s racing at Sandown, this fixture at last fulfilling its role as the season’s finale and at least there is a few days of no jump racing to give the sport a chance to catch it’s breath.  Whilst there isn’t any immediate visible change to our routine with the end of the season this weekend does mark a watershed in our mindset, plans for the horses will be being made over the next few days as I look forward to some summer jumping, enjoying some high class flat racing as observer rather than participant and building the team of horses for next season.  I am delighted with the way things have gone, particularly since Christmas, I will bore you all with the statistics in due course but in the mean time many thanks for taking an interest and following the yard,  won’t be much to say over the next few days so a temporary hiatus in the “Daily Blog” as I attempt to catch up in the office.

Bertie Milan bright and well back home at Kinneston yesterday after his Highland National win - the horse that saved the party!

Bertie Milan bright and well back home at Kinneston yesterday after his Highland National win – the horse that saved the party!