Easter weekend

With all jump meetings called off yesterday, the ground conditions continue to be desperate.  However we have made entries for Kempton on Monday in the hope that things improve.  Inevitably there are lots of entries at the meeting.  If they close Kempton, I hate to think what we’ll do in the winter.

A morning of cantering and schooling following the Easter weekend.

I went to Plumpton on Monday as a guest of Peter Savill and family.  I have known Peter for some time and it’s always good to catch up with him at his own course.

Jockey David Crosse took us through the card and down to the last fence.  He is a man of immense energy and did an excellent job at interacting with the racing public by explaining the life of a jockey, which included some banter with Noel Fehily outside the weighing room.

I am sure more racecourses chould be more proactive in educating the race goer and getting them more involved.  Full marks to Plumpton for doing so.

Yesterday it was great to have a visit from Amy and Stuart Durham who are members of The Aspirationals who have Bertie Barnes.

Amy, Stuart and daughter Clemmie are regular visitors to the Cotswolds and Amy spent the weekend celebrating a big birthday.

Amy was carrying a bit of a sore head, having spent the evening with the Peter Stringfellow on the Cotswolds, Michael Barnes.

Barnsy recovered well and put it all down to practice.