A sunny September day with some schooling for Arctic Chief in preparation for his race at Uttoxeter next Wednesday.

It was great to welcome Alex Benton and his girlfriend Clemmie this morning to see our two-year-old Canford Cliffs filly, owned by Alex’s father Steve.  She was purchased last year at the Tattersalls Ascot Yearling Sale and is developing nicely.  Her mother won as a back-end two-year-old and hopefully this filly is a similar type.

It was great to make this year’s Coral Golf day on Wednesday at the Buckinghamshire.  I’ve had to miss the last couple of years thanks to Doncaster sales.

It is always a great day and is named in honour of Malcolm Palmer, who for so many years was the face of Coral bookmaking.

I had a great draw playing with J Francome, Simon Clare and Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley.  Neal loves his racing and we look forward to welcoming him to the yard.

Our team didn’t trouble the judge but Francome nearly had a whole in one at the ninth and we have decided to share the team prize of a return to the course.

Many of the great and good of racing were in attendance and it’s good to catch up with so many mates.

Yesterday I attended the funeral of Michael Sissons.  As previously stated on this blog, he was a remarkable character who achieved much in his life and has certainly left his mark.

Michael had an eclectic set of loves which included choir music and his service was a fitting tribute.

Max Hastings did an excellent job in his tribute to Michael.  Appropriately I sat next to Richard Pitman during the service, as the three of us have trodden the boards in honour of the Old Berks Hunt on many occasions and Michael has left us with many great memories.