Unfortunately Present From Dubai is unable to run today at Wincanton as he is not quite sound enough to take up the option.  Hopefully he will be back to normal soon as he is a horse of promise.

A beautiful spring day following an early frost and an ideal morning for working the horses.  It was great to get some of the young flat horses in faster work and delighted they are showing a fair bit of promise.

Congratulations to Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani on winning the presenter award at the sports journalists awards in London.  With Ed’s enthusiasm and Francesca’s knowledge, I think they create a great image for the sport and it will do racing no harm for them to win such a coveted award.

Congratulations to Richard Johnson on receiving his OBE at Buckingham Palace yesterday.  I think it no coincidence that The Queen officiated at the ceremony as like all racing supporters, she recognises Dicky’s remarkable achievements in the sport.