Cooler this week, fresh but fine weather-  the farm and the horses all doing well.  Racing news dominated by the desperately sad news that Henry Cecil has lost his brave fight against cancer; so many wonderful and richly deserved tributes to a unique trainer, transcending the racing pages to the mainstream media and featuring in the leader column in the Daily Telegraph, a small fillip to some of us who may be prone to pondering the triviality of our trade, thank you Sir Henry for enriching our lives, a genuine inspiration in so many ways and very apt that in his final full season he had Frankel – the greatest- and a huge privilege to have been at York last summer on that unforgettable day, the poignant mix between the sheer brilliance of the horse and the shocking frailty of the trainer.  Just perfect that Lady Cecil had a double yesterday with her first runners having been entered by her late husband and that the first one was Frankel’s brother.  

So, we run The Paddy Premium in the 3.20 at Hexham tomorrow assuming the forecast overnight rain arrives, 11 run and Lucy rides.  He has been running well enough in point-to-points recently without quite appearing to stay the trip, perhaps he should be retired but he was a close 2nd on his last two runs under rules off this mark and appears to retain plenty of zest, we can have him sharper than he will be tomorrow but there aren’t many races around so it will be interesting to see if he is still competitive.  After Uttoxeter last night Lucy is at York today then has six rides booked at Hexham tomorrow, day off on Sunday then Carlisle on Monday.

The Paddy premium at Perth last summer

The Paddy Premium at Perth last summer