… in my log-burning stove, very difficult to see what it is through the glass, probably a bird, perhaps a bat, maybe even a rodent, definitely quite scary; needs released but that will be into the office and will present another problem, a quandary, perhaps the moment to ask Mrs A very nicely if she could clean the ash out…

Mahkzoon, bred for the flat but unraced on the flat…yet

Well, I thought Hexham was going to be our only possible destination this week, that was before the intrepid “Ladies Who” rang me on my way to the Kelso Trainers Meeting and suggested that Makhzoon as a strong stayer in good form would be well suited by the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday if the unsettled weather returned as is possible, so, an entry, seems slightly bonkers to be have our first ever runner on the flat with a horse that itself has never run on the flat at one of the world’s biggest meetings but there we go, in at the deep end one could say, he will only run if it is properly soft as we have other aspirations that shouldn’t be jeopardised.