…on a theme; a record 107,000 turned up in Baltimore USA to watch a friendly between Real Madrid and Manchester United on Saturday evening, over at Hamilton Park the rain lashed down but it didn’t stop a few thousand Glaswegians enjoy their Ladies night and create their own electric atmosphere, then last night the closing Ceremony at the Commonwealth Games surely contained enough passion to touch the hearts of even the most cynical. How appropriate a juxtaposition then that Glasgow remains in the headlines today to host the service of remembrance of such a dreadful and fateful day 100 years ago in it’s Cathedral, no coincidence of course but a profound and timely reminder of the value of political stability, worth bearing in mind at this most crucial time in Scottish history and ahead of what will apparently be the only live televised debate in our Referendum campaign, tomorrow night  at 8pm – why only one?  The absence of regular debate and opportunity to see the chief protagonists publicly interrogated through a widely available medium does the Scottish electorate a disservice.

Frankie's Promise

Frankie’s Promise

Enough of that, a change in the air, fresh and cool, can almost smell autumn round the corner, the whole team of staff back now, a couple more horses in, plenty to look forward to.  Lucy has a busy evening ahead of her with six rides at Carlisle’s  lady riders evening meeting – Licence to Kill at 6.15, Pull the Pin at 6.45, Decent Fella at 7.15, Indepub at 7.45, Fast Finian at 8.15 and finally Miss Macnamara in the 8.45.  A working week for me after last week’s sport, if you call this work.