Off to Hereford today to saddle Iron Horse in the 12.35pm.  He has shown promise in his bumper and over hurdles and has taken time to mature and looks a stronger type this season.  Hopefully he will continue to show promise and will hopefully have the option of handicaps after this run.

Enjoyed accompanying owner Lizzie Prowting to London on Thursday evening to Ken and Susanna Bate’s party.  Had a very enjoyable evening and it was great to meet Eddie and Linda Gray.

For all football fans, Eddie was a legend of our childhood being a gifted member of the famous Leeds Utd team of the seventies.  He is a great fan of racing, especially on the flat and it was a delight to discuss many decades of great horses.  His enthusiasm once again proves the power of sport.

Also delighted to be invited to the Hunscote Stud Christmas party lunch yesterday.  Steven and Lesley Smith have made great strides with Hunscote over the last couple of years and it was a pleasure to be there to celebrate their first Group winner, Dan’s Dream.

I introduced Steven to racing and it has certainly become a passion for him and we look forward to the stud going from strength to strength.