We have made entries for Beautiful People next week as she is due to go up a few pounds from Tuesday thanks to her Southwell win. She needs good ground so rain would not help and there seems to be a bit on the way.

A morning of routine cantering as the string build up their fitness for an autumn campaign.

It has been great to have owner Karen Anderson and her nephew Henry staying for a few days.  Karen is joint owner and breeder of Iron Horse and Master Vintage and is on a trip over with Henry from America.

Henry had a real insight into English racing and having backed Western Storm each way on Wednesday, he is going home with more money than he came with.

Karen and her fellow owners Eustace and Carol Theodore have been great supporters of the yard for many years and we look forward to a good season ahead with their home-breds.

Very sad to hear the news of the passing of Mick O’Toole.  Of all the characters the Emerald Isle has produced, Micko would be at the top of the pile.

Brilliantly witty, he was a master trainer on the flat and over jumps and rarely has there been a more popular participant to have graced the sport.

He was playing golf up until quite recently and was as well handicapped as a Prescott Ebor fancy.  It wasn’t many years ago he won the then Doncaster Bloodstock Sales annual Scottish golf tournament, where I nicknamed him ‘Tiger’ O’Toole and they even named a horse after him.

His remarkable judge of the thoroughbred has been passed on to his daughter, Mags – who is greatly responsible for the success of the Gigginstown operation.