A fine and busy Monday morning here after a splendid weekend; lots of visitors on Saturday morning to see the horses and all 31 worked exactly as I hoped they would, then off to an incredibly busy Perth where the huge crowd enjoyed exciting racing.  A very sociable afternoon; this meeting is beginning to establish itself as the place where the ball starts rolling again for the new season and great to catch up with so many people after a few months.  Sunday morning saw all the office work sorted out prior to an excellent lunch at The Seafood Restaurant in St Andrews followed by 18 holes on the New Course in perfect breezy balmy late summer conditions.

Lucy and the heir apparent, Richard Johnson, are flat out to keep up as they race in front of Scone Place on Saturday

Lucy and the heir apparent, Richard Johnson, are flat out to keep up as they race in front of Scone Place on Saturday

Of course whilst the absence of rain was a major factor in the general enjoyment of the weekend it unfortunately scuppered Bertie Milan’s chance of being competitive in his race at Perth, he was outpaced from the start and Lucy wisely eased him as they went off down the back straight second time and let him canter home.  The absence of rain also allowed us to bale and wrap another field of haylage – first cut at the end of August?  Says it all really and today we are verti-draining the grass gallops a month later than usual as well, they are in great shape and hopefully we will be able to start fast work on them later this week – a month earlier than usual – the flipside of the coin.

Our "horseshoe" grass gallop that we use for faster work being verti-drained this morning, an expensive but worthwhile operation

Our “horseshoe” grass gallop that we use for faster work being verti-drained this morning, an expensive but worthwhile operation

A runner at Musselburgh on Wednesday if the ground stays good, Andhaar in the 3.30, 8 run and Paul Mulrennan rides, fresh from his Group One win at York on Friday (jockey not horse!).  It’s a competitive little race and I suspect he will be ridden with more restraint than on his last start at Carlisle. Entries today for Cartmel on Saturday – Marlee Massie and Afterclass – hope to run both if the ground is on the easy side, haven’t been there yet this year and time is running out!