A week away, a fab night in Arles then six nights in the hills of the Luberon, scorchingly hot – 35 degrees up in the hills and touching 40 degrees down in the valley.

The Camarguaise parading their horses late at night through the streets of Arles

The Camarguaise parading their horses late at night through the streets of Arles

Lazy days in an ancient farmhouse, an old silk farm now producing grapes and lavender.  Mobile signal was poor but excellent wifi and most vitally satellite TV enabled us to enjoy a feast of sport – the Eclipse, the British Grand Prix, Wimbledon and The Ashes along with the July Meeting from Newmarket – perfect!  Home late last night and a weekend spent planning, the aim is to have 30 plus horses in by the middle of next week.

Andhaar (Stephen)

Andhaar (Stephen)

A dismal day at Perth last week with Master Butcher breaking down badly, potential unfulfilled, Humphrey Bee also came back in the horse ambulance as Brian Harding felt him go lame, fortunately he seems fine now, thankfully Andhaar put up an encouraging effort in his first hurdle race for two years, he can hopefully build on that.  Perth again tomorrow, a good card but sadly no Kinneston runners, 60 of the 136 entries came from Ireland including an astonishing 48 from a certain Gordon Elliot – plenty to chose from then….