Onwards and upwards ...

A brilliant night

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

"Hold a true friend with both your hands."

Nigerian proverb.

Walking to the gallops

It's slightly overcast today but still very warm. We had a dramatic thunder storm last night at two in the morning with tremendous lightening and rain. I think the forecast is for it to get warm again as the day goes on and stay mixed towards the weekend. We are starting to get the yard all cleaned up and the horses are moving to varying places. It's amazing how cheerful everybody is. We have lots of tack that has been accumulated over the years. It's in very good condition and is for sale -  if anybody is interested please give the office a ring.

Off to exercise

Our last runners could not bring us a fairytale ending but the executive at Chelmsford were unbelievably kind to Angie and I. It's a great course and from the beginning I have always loved it. From the gatemen up to the Chief Executive they are all so helpful and friendly, which has always been the case. We were pleased with Prosecutor who will now be handicapped and I am sure she will be winning in the right grade over a mile. Unfortunately the last race was run at a stop go snail's pace which did not suit either of ours and we couldn't go out in a blaze of glory.

Exercise finished

Both Angie and I were very touched by the reception we had from everybody last night and we wish to thank them all for their very kind words. It is so much appreciated. An amazing thing happened though. We had a long chat with Bruce Raymond who was there in his capacity of racing manager to Rabba. Bruce rode my first ever flat winner, Matilda Cave at Kempton, which is still etched in my memory. Then later on, unbelievably, we saw Richard Evans who was there as an owner in the last. He rode my first ever winner over jumps, Timatemma. It was fantastic to see them both and what great memories they brought back.