The hottest day so far, the hottest ever?  Don’t know, sure is hot though and to rug or not to rug is a dilemma each evening for the indecisive one, present compromise is a cooler on at 10pm but they still seem to be sweating by 7.30am, dust becoming a real issue, at “T in the Park” and with all-weather surfaces, trainers watering their gallops, not here yet thankfully, wax helps,  anyway better than rain, rain rain.  This time last year I was spending a great deal of time looking at locations for a new all-weather gallop, costing it, looking at various surfaces etc; the realisation that with a few more horses it wasn’t fair or practical to continue to use Lucinda’s gallop to the same extent made me think I needed to upgrade facilities at home.  In the end time ran out, I postponed for a year and did about 80% of the work last season on our existing all-weather, the result appears to have been lots more winners and a much-improved strike rate with generally inexpensive horses.

"Gallop" - as in the noun as opposed to the usual verb

“Gallop” – as in the noun as opposed to the usual verb

I’m sure it wasn’t just the gallop but at least it proved it is fit for purpose and worth investing in……….. so, 116t of new waxtrack gallop been delivered this week, expensive stuff and about to lay 2 inches on top of existing surface but now I read that KCB is lifting his entire surface, mixing it with his new stuff  and re-laying it – expensive but a very good idea, all compaction and drainage issues fixed, could be risky, oh dear, more indecision – a costing meeting has been arranged with The Fife Farmer on Monday (aka Jack of all….or “Jim will fix it,” err maybe not ) so we will see…  Nothing at Perth on Sunday but Lucy rides Pete in the 4.30 and Dalstontosiloth in the 5.00 so I will go along for the Members’ Lunch and some cold Crabbies.  We have reluctantly decided to sell Flaming Thistle, he will make a cracking hunter or schoolmaster point-to-pointer, a very honest and straightforward horse, more details here, and now, two pictures to entertain….

Family Alexander arriving at the wedding last weekend with their personal Istanbul guide and fellow wedding guest "Geidt"

Family Alexander arriving at the wedding last weekend with their personal Istanbul guide and fellow wedding guest “Geidt”

Our ace work rider Gemma has been honing her skills at the Easterbys in Yorkshire for the summer, last day today so the wierd rituals come into play!

Our ace work rider Gemma has been honing her skills at the Easterbys in Yorkshire for the summer, last day today so the weird rituals come into play – hope they don’t leave her there too long!