Had a productive work morning on Saturday with owners John Rosbotham and Helen Nixseaman coming along to watch Arctic Chief do his final piece of work before he runs at Uttoxeter on Wednesday.

It’s also good to be stepping up the work with those that had summer holidays as we head towards the autumn.

We had a very enjoyable walk with The Adlestrop Club on Friday afternoon.  It is the first time the Club have done one as part of our monthly outings and it certainly appeared to be a popular venture.

The walk from Adlestrop to Chastleton is very popular and was mentioned in the Sunday Times as one of the top twenty in the country.

The views from Adlestrop down to the Evenlode Vale are outstanding, and if you have not done it yet – I recommend making the effort.

Around twenty of the Club took part and stopped off at Chastleton church half way round for a cup of tea, thanks to the Oddington WI.

In the graveyard is my mentor from Witney College, Tommy Delaney – who helped set up the Stable Lads Association with Jimmy Hill.  Tommy worked for Jimmy when the footballing legend lived at Chastleton and hunted with the Heythrop.

Tommy, brother of Brian – Fred Winter’s head lad, sadly died at 52 but was a gifted horseman who passed on his knowledge with great effect.

Once back at Adlestrop, the Club enjoyed tea and cake before viewing the Club’s horse Master Vintage and walking around evening stables.

After this, those still standing had a leisurely glass of Macon in the office where we drank a toast to Irene Rogers whose husband Keith joined us for the  day.