Fine and mild today, a slow Sunday, whilst it was disappointing to lose Kelso again it’s been a blessing to have a quiet day in the office catching up ahead of a busy week.


I have to admit to feeling a little battle weary as I headed out to the yard this morning; after the awful weather we have then been very busy racing and with the horses running well we ought to have had a winner or two but for various reasons we didn’t quite – anyway I was quickly cheered up by the energy, chatter and laughter bouncing off the team as they set about their day – I came back in much happier.


On a Sunday without any racing we have five of the team in, they make sure that all 42 horses in work have a 40 minute spin on the walker, are mucked out, fed watered and rugged up; some are turned out (not so many in current conditions), plenty of minor wounds to tend to, medications and treatments of various sorts to administer and a chance for a good tidy up – their approach is fantastic and by the end of Sunday it feels as if we are well set up for the week.

And the jockey….


Pleased with our Ayr runners, all made the winners enclosure apart from The Rogue who fell, he’s fine thankfully and yesterday Bertalus took another step back in the right direction to be 3rd and Elvis Mail gave plenty of cause for optimism in the bumper, fingers crossed he will be a very nice horse in time.  Minimal action on the racecourse from here as all eyes turn to the Cotswold’s but we intend to be busy again at Newcastle on Saturday then Kelso, Wetherby and Haydock through the first half of the following week – hopefully all our gallops now back in action as we give 12-14 runners their final preparation.   I will be speeding down to the Cheltenham for a couple of days – like these 48 hour declarations, need to go to the pub to study in peace, unbelievably good racing, enjoy!