Thankfully the snow has nearly gone and we are getting back to normal at Adlestrop Stables.  Thanks to the great effort of the team, all the horses were exercised during the bad weather.

Hopefully we will have some runners this week with entries on Wednesday and Thursday.

Yesterday we celebrated the life of Bertie Barnes.  Bertie had given so much joy to many associated with the stables by winning last season but sadly passed away following a freak accident in the autumn.  His owners, including his greatest supporter Mick Barnes – gathered yesterday to plant an apple tree in his memory, along with his ashes by the horse walker.

It now accompanies another we planted for Dark’n Sharp – another great favourite of the yard.  The gathering then went for an excellent lunch at the Kings Head at Bledington.  It was also an opportunity to introduce Bertie’s replacement – a lovely three-year-old Sixties Icon filly who is a homebred of Bob and Pauline Scott’s.  She is out of Mayolynn, a mare placed on the flat and a winner over hurdles and fences.

There eighth shares available in her on a free lease and she looks full of potential and is due to be named Pop Mistress.