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16th July 2021

Plus 14 and dry when driving in..

It is going to be a hot weekend..

I called in to see bloodstock agent Aiden Murphy last night..

Aiden and I work closely at the sales and as I was passing it was a good time to chat up and have a chat about my thoughts on young horses we have bought and how they are all looking, especially now that most have been broken in..

Happy to say that I am delighted with my new stock of horses.. As Aiden rightly said time will tell if we are right.. or not!

Julie Crissell was here third lot to see her KBRS horse Design Icon

Racing has been under the microscope all too often recently and there has been not a huge amount of good news. There has been the Jim Bolger talks in Ireland and then on Sunday Panorama is having another go at our sport..

Racing is easy to kick and knock, but sadly it is much harder to promote the good news and let me tell you there is plenty.. good news does not sell papers or TV programmes, but please take note we are always on the good news side.

With that in mind..

Yesterday National Racehorse week was launched to the public. A nationwide celebration of the racehorse and the chance to see first-hand the love, care and attention that goes into looking after them.

Born out of an idea in 2019 by trainer Richard Phillips to create a single event that could be hosted by the racing industry, National Racehorse Week is a celebration of the animals who power racing and provide entertainment for millions, whilst also providing the public and policymakers with insight into the dedicated care that they receive.

In an experience like no other, racing training yards up and down the country will be opening their doors on 12th/19th September to show the public the fantastic lives that these magnificent animals lead.

Register your interest at for your chance to meet the trainers, the team and, most importantly, the horses.

Many stables are opening to watch horses on the gallops and we thought we would do something slightly different which is to open the yard for evening stables..

That way you can see what goes on behind the scenes and watch my staff looking after their lovely horses, and then Mat and I will offer the chance to follow us round evening stables looking and talking about each horse.

You can sign up to attend our evening stables tour on 16th September by clicking here.

Norman Carter sent this one over..

A young jockey and his stable lass girlfriend make the decision to get married.

Everything is planned and the couple intend to honeymoon in Italy for a week.

The marriage goes without a hitch and the couple set off on their honeymoon.

While checking in the lady behind the desk asks 'We have two suites available for you, would you like the bridal?'

'No thanks says the jockey I'll just hold her ears till she gets the hang of it!'