…what a scorcher!  Where did this come from? Back from a quick trip south and it is really, really hot, 27 degrees to be precise and stifling – better get the haylage cut as (dare I say it) the forecast looks good.  Splendid day at Royal Ascot yesterday, the greatest party on earth and some pretty good racing to go with it, lovely to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

Mrs A takes a nap during breakfast on day one of Royal Ascot 2014 - I think the "Pre-paddock party" was a little much for her!

Mrs A takes a nap during breakfast on day one of Royal Ascot 2014 – I think the “pre-paddock party” was a little much for her!

More fun tomorrow hopefully at the Royal Highland Show so just as well there aren’t too many horses to train here at the moment though I am increasingly alarmed by how large some of them appear, maybe it’s just after seeing all the flat horses but the grass has been exceptional this year and we will have to start rationing it for a few more of them.

Now that's what I call a racecourse

Now that’s what I call a racecourse

Jet Master has tended not to do very well at grass in the past - different this year

Jet Master has tended not to do very well at grass in the past – different this year

Isla Pearl Fisher and Buffalo Ballet

Isla Pearl Fisher and Buffalo Ballet

Out of the shadows - Jet Master emerges from the shade, I find the horses us the field shelters more in hot weather than when it is snowing

Out of the shadows – Jet Master emerges from the shade, I find the horses use the field shelters more in hot weather than when it is snowing – not what I thought when I built the shelters