A beautiful crisp autumn morning, almost a touch of frost first thing, the weather set fair and productive time spent on the gallops working 32 horses.  Definitely a glass half full sort of day yesterday in that despite both my runners failing to beat another horse at Hexham I came away feeling it had been a constructive day.

Heading on to the gallop first lot this morning

Heading on to the gallop first lot this morning

McGinty’s Dream pulled very hard early on with the result that he found nothing off the bridle but he jumped very well in the circumstances and at least completed the race, he has an awful lot to learn and it’s impossible to say whether we will ever get there but this was a small step forward.  Bertalus ran a decent race, just outpaced in the closing stages over an inadequate trip, he didn’t really handle the downhill part of the track and made a mistake at the downhill fence both times but aside from that his jumping was very good for his first time over fences and it was a good start to his season.

McGinty's Dream - oh to see inside that handsome head

McGinty’s Dream at Hexham yesterday – oh to see inside that handsome head

Lucy is at Kelso tomorrow to ride Mo Rouge for Jackie Stephen in the 3.25, a shame not to be represented ourselves and a poor turnout overall. This is not surprising with the ground turning to good to firm on thursday afternoon and three dry days forecast up to racing, no watering – with a little of the latter the meeting would have been better supported and I am sure we would have had runners.  Anyway, the marvellous summer of sport draws to a close with what looks like being an epic Ryder Cup and fantastic racing in France tomorrow so have a lovely weekend everyone!  One or two more pictures from our Owners Day


Some of the team – glasses rather empty!