As ever, a busy morning in Adlestrop.  Great to welcome Training For Racing to the yard this morning.  A great initiative which as been funded by the Racing Foundation – the portable equicisor and instructors travel around yards coaching stable staff to improve their riding technique.

Although a pilot scheme, hopefully this will continue for years to come as we find that stable staff have really taken to wanting to improve their skills.

Heather Johnson and Robert Bellamy led the instruction.  Heather worked for us here in Adlestrop some ten years ago – her first job in racing and it is great to see her like many of our previous staff, progress in her career.

Robert Bellamy and I go back a long way and not only has he bred my jockeys but has also ridden for the yard in the early days.

A qualified jockey coach, it was certainly novel to see him coach his son Archie who rides out for us.  Well done to all involved and long may this innovation continue and progress within the industry.

Yesterday it was great to attend the Sir Peter O’Sullevan lunch at the Dorchester as a guest of SIS.  I had a great draw between David Bradshaw and Nick Wood-Dow, on what was a wonderfully entertaining afternoon.

All of racing’s great and good were in attendance – including this year’s recipient of the Award, Aiden O’Brien.

I have known Aiden since his early days of training.  He is a great fella with an excellent sense of humour.  I told him he was welcome at any time to come and see us at Adlestrop Stables if he wanted to pick up a few tips and he promised me he would love to.  I might pop along Ballydoyle one day to check he knows how to use heart monitors.

Great to see Willie Mullins there and I promised him I would bring Mick Barnes back to see him in 2019.  Whilst also great to chat to Arthur Moore about my favourite chaser, L’Escargot.  Surely one of the most under rated horses of all time, having won two Gold Cups and a Grand National.  It would be great to have a fundraising evening with stories of the great horse and if it was a dinner it would be obvious what the starter would be.

I know Arthur, son of his father Dan would be up for it.