Off to Kempton later

Off to Kempton later to saddle Arctic Chief in the novice stakes at 7.15pm.  There are four runners and we appear to be a 100-1 shot but on his homework he would certainly not be that price.  He has had a wind operation since his last run and appears to like better ground, having been narrowly beaten on his debut in an all-weather bumper.

Looking forward to tomorrow’s work morning with the string have lots of prep exercise this morning.

It was good to welcome Sue and Titch Jones of Fairford Goes Racing, who came to view Totterdown.  Their home-bred will shortly be running over hurdles which will hopefully settle him down a bit as he has pulled too hard in his bumpers.  He has shown definite promise and we look forward to him being a chaser in the future.

Very sad to hear the passing of Mary Hambro.  Mary has been very good to us over the years and was a lifeline when looking for a yard to train from while preparing Adlestrop.  She was one of the world’s leading yearling consignors and bred many good horses, including National Hunt super sire, Presenting.  She fought her long illness with incredible fortitude and humour, Mary was certainly a one off.