Walking in with Jet and the our 4 children - a great moment captured by FC but  Mrs A where art thou?  Waiting...

Walking in with Jet Master and our 4 children – a great moment captured by FC but Mrs A where art thou? Waiting…

Snow on Soutra this morning as we returned from Kelso, spirits high after a wonderful day yesterday with Jet Master posting an impressive win in “our” race under an outstanding ride from Lucy. To train the winner of this race that we as a family sponsor in memory of my Father with a horse ridden by his granddaughter is simply very, very special and I would like to express my gratitude to the owners Harry Turcan and Simon Dunning  for allowing me to train the horse for the race and fulfill such a long held ambition, especially as they were unable to be there.   There could be nowhere like Kelso for this to happen and the reception the crowd gave Lucy, “Jet” and Toni when they walked into the winners enclosure was remarkable, that’s what’s great about the Kelso crowd, they know how much these moments mean and are so pleased to share in them.  Not such a great day after that, Landecker was never able to get into his race after a mistake at the first, Milano Magic seemed wary of the fences and didn’t jump as he can, Caught in the Act faded tamely but Backontheroad ran well to be 6th.

Focus and determination

Focus and determination

I find myself infuriatingly prone to dwell on the horses that failed to run to my expectations and this tempers my enjoyment of some unforgettable successes, luckily as the days move on I find a way forward with the disappointments, a plan is made to rectify matters and then I find it easier to enjoy the wins fully, that is important, we have had a remarkable fortnight since Landecker got the ball rolling two weeks ago, lots of really good winners and I’ve hardly sat still but time must be made to enjoy these fortunate spells, we had some rough days in the first part of this season with brutal setbacks and I spent plenty of time trying to pull myself and the team up then so let’s not feel too inhibited about enjoying the winners and punching the air a bit.  Of course, what I am continually reminded of is the astonishing amount of hard work and dedication put in by the team here that makes all of this possible, the sheer graft that is put in every single day is remarkable and  it is them that deserve the recognition.

Relaxed now..

Relaxed now..

A busy week ahead, I hope we will be represented at Newcastle, Carlisle and Ayr as well as at Alnwick next Sunday prior to a swift visit to Mecca (sorry, Cheltenham) where we might even have a runner, surely not?!!  That will depend on the ground but on another note my eyes in Ireland have spotted a very nice unraced horse that is ready to run and is available at an extremely reasonable price, these “eyes” have a very good track record and I would be more than delighted to provide details if anyone could possibly be tempted – go on, live the dream…20140301-F14_5786