Damp and cool this morning, fed the dozen or so that are still in myself which is a bit of a treat these days and we decided not to send Back on the Road down to the point-to-point at Hexham, although they had 7mm of rain overnight we still felt the ground would be on the firm side and rather than risk disaster he will be put away until next season along with Jamie’s other pointer Royal Chatelier. The Northern Area’s senior rider has had grand season with these two veterans, winning 3 and making the frame in 14 out of his 16 rides, Back on the Road deserves a special mention having run 10 times since January, being placed every time including winning twice – great to get them both out into the field in one piece, not to forget the rider as well!  Kit also had a good season with a personal best of 8 winners establishing him as one of the North’s top amateurs.

Lake View Lad on arrival at Kinneston yesterday afternoon

Lake View Lad on arrival at Kinneston yesterday afternoon

Sad to be missing the last point-to-point of the season where I am very mush hoping ex Kinneston now Milldeans inmate Milano Magic will rack up the five timer to become champion horse for the Cochranes and Nick Orpwood will become Northern Area Men’s Champion Rider.  We will be quiet until next Sunday now and Mrs A and I are disappearing for a few days so will be a welcome relief to blog readers.  I hope all are now able to access the blog and receiving email alerts if requested, we suffered a cyber attack two weeks ago and consequently were black-listed by many servers and anti-viral applications as being a phishing site, Frank and Mark have worked hard to undo the damage and I think that is now complete but it did give a little insight as to how vulnerable we all are in the internet age.

Ha, ha ha - fame at last - off to Edinburgh this afternoon to celebrate (commiserate?)

Ha, ha ha – fame at last – off to Edinburgh this afternoon to celebrate (commiserate?)