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26th September 2018

Plus 5 and dry when leaving home early to drive North to Perth.

Hot at Warwick yesterday. A big crowd welcomed in their new season.

Although my day was not great as far as our runner was concerned, it was better on the social front as I met many of the members of the Cheltenham & South West Syndicate.

Matthew Foxton-Duffy and Lucy Snell, who runs the Syndicate, hosted a box for the members and I popped up to talk about their exciting horse He’s No Trouble.

The ground was fast enough yesterday and excuses about, although I am not sure that was the excuse for Blazon.. More a question of his love affair with racing? Last chance saloon on the flat?

A work morning here and videos of each lot can be viewed through these links (First Lot, Second Lot, Third Lot, Fourth Lot) something I too will be watching as I don’t feel it prudent to have the gallop camera on my mobile while driving.. as a passenger then fine, but David Bass was not available to drive me.. perhaps he just did not want too..

Rowland Fox and Maurice and Pim Greenaway called in to see their horse Kayf Storm before she goes back to Overbury Stud this afternoon.

We have sent two runners up to Perth. One on each day of their September Festival meeting. Younevercall runs today and for my thoughts on his chances please click here.

I end my blog today on a very sad note as my old mate Sam Morshead finally succumbed to the dreaded cancer last night..

Sam fought for his life to the end with wit, a smile and huge bravery; he was an extroadinary man and a great friend. We had many many happy times together.

I am just so glad I was able to spend quality time with him on my last visit to his old racecourse Perth, just over two weeks ago..

He will be hugely missed by all, and especially by his sons Charlie, who is my godson, Harry, and Henry who worked here a couple of seasons ago.

The three boys had a great father who has left some wonderful memories, stories and plenty to laugh about..RIP Sam..Out of pain and into a better place..