Changeable and unsettled weather but open enough for working horses, some potential hard frost in the forecast which I hope doesn’t materialise as we are hoping to be very busy on the racing front next week.  It will be a quiet day for the horses tomorrow so some good work for them this morning on the all-weather and the grass.

I switched my phone on yesterday morning to discover that it had been hijacked by Scotland newest constional jockey who clearly wanted to keep himself at the forefront of my mind - time will tell whether this was a sensible tactic!

I switched my phone on yesterday morning to discover that it had been hijacked by Scotland’s newest conditional jockey who clearly wanted to keep himself at the forefront of my mind – time will tell whether this was a sensible tactic!

We had our staff Christmas party on Monday night which was a lively affair with one or two early casualties however all made in to work on time yesterday morning, well done!  Lucy absent as the jockeys use this little window of no racing for their annual awards dinner in Birmingham, known as the “Lesters.”

Lucy on the big screen as she receives one of her "Lesters"

Lucy on the big screen as she receives one of her “Lesters”

I was delighted as news filtered through that Lucy had picked up no less that three awards (each came with a fuel card worth £2000 from the very generous sponsorship of Andrew Tinkler’s Stobart Group) and that she had therefore become the first ever three time winner of the Lady Jockey of the Year Award.  Winning these awards will be very special to Lucy principally because they are voted for by her peers, the other jockeys.  Whilst she may have spent more time on the sidelines than in the headlines recently the other jockeys know how hard it is to keep bringing yourself back from injury time after time and the work required to maintain their fitness during injury; their voting will have been swayed by the recognition of that extraordinary toughness and determination and, for Lucy,  that acknowledgement will be priceless.  On that note she has a double-header on Boxing Day riding River Bollin  in the 12.10 at Sedgefield then Premier Grand Cru in the 2.55 at Wetherby.

Superhorse Surf requires that his rider now dresses up as Superman each morning

Superhorse Surf requires that his rider now dresses up as Superman each morning

So, Happy Christmas everyone, thank you for taking an interest and following this blog, some more pictures from this morning, including three nice unraced youngsters after working on the grass who will hopefully be out early in the New Year, is one of them the dark horse?  Find out –  Channel 4 Morning Line on Sat 27th (it will be on this time I believe, think they must be trying to build the suspense…..)

Titian Boy (Blair)

Titian Boy (Blair)

Heilan Rebel (Liam)

Heilan Rebel (Liam)

Jane's Fantasy (John)

Jane’s Fantasy (John)

Spinning Away (Superman)

Spinning Away (Superman)