A stormy wet night down here in London, very wet at home as well and concerns re drought and applying to SEPA around extend our irrigation licence very much on hold, for the moment anyway but rather typical that this comes just as we have turned out so many horses, weather due to cheer up again tomorrow thankfully.  BHA yesterday and a first visit to Ascot Sales today – looks like it will be damp but Tattersalls are successfully upgrading these sales and it will be good to see first hand what is going on having bid remotely over the last couple of years.

Queen of Avalon in the paddock at Perth on Sunday

A somewhat disappointing weekend on the racecourse, not entirely unexpected in some cases but Bertie Milan falling for the first time in his life was a surprise and I had hoped for better from Final Reminder; Queen of Avalon didn’t stay 2m 4f, Dutch Canyon and Clan Chief both need a break and stepping up in trip for Christmas in USA certainly wasn’t the answer.

The magnificent facade of Rouen Cathedral – a little perk from the drive to Bordeaux

What I have learnt (again!) is that running horses in the summer that have been on the go all winter doesn’t work. Tremendous racing at Perth though in front of a huge crowd, it would be good to have the resources to prepare horses specifically for these meetings as Scottish trainers were notable for their absence in fielding runners, especially for the better races.  A quieter time now on the racing front but a lot going on at home, working on some major improvements to our facilities, more of that later…….

Joey surveys Kinneston