So, the week flies by and plenty going on as more horses step up their work, race planner being drafted and initial targets for most of the horses being pin-pointed.

Papamoa (Grant) and Spinning Away (Dan)

Racing news dominated by the passing of Lord Oaksey, a special man and Alistair Down at his best in yesterday’s RP writing about him, read it here if you missed it.  A top class journalist and amateur jockey, his greatest legacy was co-founding the Injured Jockeys Fund, a fund that does so much for so many people in our industry that I cannot imagine life without it,  he was also close to the heart of our family as the rider of my late Father’s biggest winner, Subaltern in the Foxhunters at Aintree.  It was appropriate in many ways that Monday afternoon was spent raising money for the IJF at the inaugural Campbell Gillies Memorial golf day, a wonderful day tinged with an underlying sadness but the IJF £15,000 better off as a result.  No luck for Lucy last night at Sedgefield, today she rides Kazbow in the 5.45 at Haydock.

Rossini’s Dancer (Amy) and Jet Master (Toni)