Mild today, a warm breeze, plenty of showers, good growing weather, grand for the time of year. A productive if rather long week at Goffs Sales in Doncaster; pleased enough with our results. Celestino sold well to Lawney Hill, he is a winner waiting to happen and I am sure will have success with him from her Oxfordshire yard, More Madness will resume his career in staying chases for Julia Brooke in Yorkshire and he could also be worth following as he may prove well handicapped. I had an ambitious reserve on Marlee Massie and despite competitive bidding from two top trainers they wouldn’t give quite enough which is just as well as I have every belief that he will continue to be progressive next winter, he remains for sale to stay in the yard at a substantial discount to that reserve. Farewelltocheyenne is also coming home, he has his issues but we know what they are and he has too much going for him to have let him go cheaply. I was delighted to buy Craiganboy from the Crawfords, he looks to have bags of potential and was bought to replace the much missed Northern Acres for Cornelius Lysaght, Tom Cochrane and Silke Quandt. I also took a bit of a gamble buying Left Back on spec, a big strapping 4yo son of Oscar he was still in the lead in his 2nd point-to-point when falling two out…. he is for sale if anyone is feeling brave, he was very cheap!
Tremendous racing today from England, Ireland, France and America – 8 of the 13 runners in the big race at Auteuil trained in UK/Ireland is a sign of the times, all very absorbing and it feels as though a great summer of sport is about to kick off. Before that though we have to wrap up the Northern point-to-point season with the Haydon fixture at Hexham racecourse tomorrow – Kit retains a decent but not insurmountable lead in the Riders Championship, I think he only has one ride, on our own Here’s to Harry who should go well for him, you never know if it rains a bit today we may sneak Wicklow Lad onto the lorry as well – both are in great form.