Friday 6th September, 2019

Organdi ran well at Uttoxeter on Wednesday.  She is gradually learning to settle better and was only beaten four lengths.  We will now step her up to three miles which will hopefully bring about some improvement.  She has the size and scope to jump a fence and hopefully there is a lot more fun to be had with her.

It was great to be invited to the Coral golf day on Tuesday.  It is always an entertaining day and it was a pleasure to join many of the racing world to play the Buckinghamshire course.

My team was an entertaining one with Mick Fitzgerald and Barry Hearn in the team but unfortunately we did a ‘Crisp’ and faded at the elbow.

Sad to hear of the passing of Ferdy Murphy.  I have known Ferdy a long time and even saddled a Festival winner with him when helping him saddle up Gee-A to win the Mildmay of Fleet in the eighties.

I remember in the paddock, him telling the then Gee Armytage to go out and win the race and that she was the best rider he had ever seen.  As Gee walked away, he gave me a little wink.  He was a great man to give people confidence.

A man who made a huge contribution to Irish racing, Stan Crosgrove, also died recently.  Stan was a brilliant veterinarian, stud manager, horseman and human being.

Possibly his greatest legacy was to set up the Racing Academy and Centre for Education based on the Curragh.  Many a young person’s lives were transformed by their association including some of the greatest riders the sport has ever seen.  His legacy will be their continued success and decency.