A fine day, quiet on the yard with quite a few of the team on holiday now, 9 horses to ride, 3 babies and half a dozen still in training but an industrious feel as refurbishments well underway. Late home last night after a few beers in the weighing room at Hexham to celebrate the end of the point-to-point season and really pleased that Kit is the new Northern Area Mens Champion Rider – a much deserved feather in his cap, he is a talented and under-rated rider who could easily have turned professional had it not been for his love of the amateur code so it is great to see that commitment rewarded. And it’s back down to Hexham for him tomorrow where he rides Ange des Malberaux for James Ewart in the 5pm.
There was a lovely end of season atmosphere there yesterday with good competitive racing and some memorable winners, the ground was quite firm though so I sent our two horses back home, always tricky especially as both would have been favourite but one must always try to do best by the horses and hopefully they will divert to Hunter Chases at Cartmel next week. With Mrs A and the girls in Italy for the weekend I have been left with many onerous responsibilities – not only in charge of catering but responsible for implementing a detailed task list involving the very precise dietary management of the dogs, cats and chickens accompanied by their respective exercise regimes, and of course the lettuces, I nearly forgot the lettuces, help, it doesn’t bear thinking about, thankfully normality should return this evening – she should know that men can’t multitask! Anyway, no runners this week, possibly Kelso on Sunday followed by Cartmel. The new horses from Doncaster have settled in quickly and we are heading to what looks like an excellent sale at Cheltenham on Thursday – lots of exceptional prospects and we will be trying to buy one or two, we were lucky enough to buy Lake View Lad at this sale last year so fingers crossed we can repeat the trick!