I had a particularly sweet moment on Sunday morning at about 11.20am, I had just finishing briefing the team re our Owners’ Parade and had absolute confidence that they would parade 38 immaculate looking horses in “racecard” order, the caterers “Lazy Sunday” were bustling around and as I stood shaving I could hear the surprise entertainment – Secret Opera Singers – warming up in the marquee.  Our four children were fully involved and in a few minutes all the guests would start arriving, I really did feel blessed and I would like to thank everyone involved in what for me was a perfect day.  And I was right, the parade went very smoothly and lasted precisely 40 minutes as planned which was quite long enough for everyone to have to listen to me droning on…. will hopefully share some pics over the next few weeks, starting with a few favourites below, all taken by Frank Cornfield – take a look at his website, his photographs are simply superb.

Starting young!

Starting young!

The rock behind everything

The rock behind everything

Parade over, lunchtime for the horses

Parade over, lunchtime for the horses

My favourite moment on a special day was when the "chef" serenaded my Mother.

My favourite moment on a special day was when the “chef” serenaded my Mother during lunch.

Well, rain at Perth has softened most of the ground and we have 3 runners there tomorrow, Bertie Milan (Lucy) and Afterclass (Kit) in the 3.30, 9 run, and Andhaar in the 5.40 (Lucy), 8 run.

Bertie Milan at our Owner's Parade on Sunday

Bertie Milan at our Owner’s Parade on Sunday

Bertie should go much better on this easier surface in a lower grade, Afterclass will need a drop more rain to line up but is fit and well.  Andhaar looks a little out of his depth but was well-used to running at this level a year or two ago, he’s been fit and ready for a while and will hopefully run a nice race.

Andhaar

Andhaar

About to launch into my rendition of "Che gelida manina"

Launching into my rendition of “Che gelida manina