On the way to Exeter

On my way to Exeter to saddle Bella’s Vision in the mares novice hurdle at 2.35pm.  Hoping she takes well to hurdling and gallops as she does at home.

Decided to wait a bit longer with Minella Whisper so he is not declared on Sunday.  He will appreciate some better ground and if the frost stays away, there are a few opportunities coming up for him.

With few opportunities for Arctic Chief on the flat, he is entered for Kempton next Thursday in the mile and half novice.  The race might come a bit quick but he will get a handicap mark after his next run so it is an option to consider.

Delighted to be at the Institute of Directors for the National Trainers Federation AGM and the presentation of the Lycetts Team Champion Award.  The competition was set up to encourage team building within racing yards and support good practice.

Adlestrop Stables was commended for our entry but victory in our category went to Nick Alexander’s yard in Scotland.  A semi victory for Adlestrop as Nick deflected their success to his assistant Catch Bissett (pictured) who worked at Adlestrop for many seasons.

For yards with more than 40 horses, Warren Greatrex’s yard was the victor.

It was great to catch up with so many trainers and others from the industry.  We look forward to next year’s competition with relish and are already thinking of ideas to impress the judges, who are chaired by my great friend Yogi Breisner.