A lovely day yesterday but a storm to sweep through today, nothing serious expected and it is the 1st of October so nothing unusual.  A busy week and a welcome winner in the form of Jet Master who won the 2m handicap hurdle at Perth’s Autumn Finale meeting for the third year in succession- delighted for the yard, Lucy and his owners’ Harry Turcan and Simon Dunning.

The smiles say it all, a mud spattered Jet Master comes in off the track with Lucy and Kelly; he has given us so many special days – thank you Jet – Harry and Simon for letting me train him.

Also special because this was our 200th winner, every one of them lodged in my memory as something to treasure.  A bit of a “teary” day yesterday as Clare headed South to take up her new job as pupil assistant to Nicky Henderson, a fantastic opportunity for her and wonderful to be immersed in a yard at the height of its powers as we head into the new National Hunt season, we will have to find an excuse to visit soon.

A captive audience – I do love the chance to bang on about my horses!

Earlier in the week I was delighted to host our annual Owners Day with breakfast followed by a parade of 34 horses here followed by an excellent lunch in the Club Lawn Marquee at Perth, the horses looked really well and were a credit to the team here.

And as “tipster” of the day I managed 4 of the 6 winners – all credit due to Brian Castle!

Of course that was also the 3rd year in succession that we opened our account for the season in that race; we used to train plenty of summer winners but don’t seem to have the horses for it these days.  I would love that to change and with over £1m in prize money likely to be on offer at Perth next year I hope to put a small syndicate together specifically to target that, please do contact me if you would like to be part of it.  Two runners today, The Great Scottish Run 10k, off at 9.30 – don’t worry not me, as usual I’m just the support team, ie the bloke to nervously drink coffee beforehand and help with the pints afterwards – good luck boys!  Equine wise, one entry – Fight Away Boys – at Hexham on Friday and Dance of Fire & Benny’s Secret at Kelso next Sunday – in the meantime enjoy the fantastic racing at Chantilly this afternoon, the best!