Monday 25th May, 2020

Delighted to celebrate Eid with Faisal and his family this weekend.  We are a very diverse yard and also celebrate Christmas and Diwali.

Employing people from other cultures has certainly increased my knowledge of other cultures and faiths.  Faisal and his son Haddi, who live at the stables with his wife Aniqa and new baby Mustafa, celebrated the end of Ramadan by providing me with a delicious breakfast yesterday morning.

Faisal has worked for us for over twelve years and is a popular member of staff and all at Adlestrop Stables are delighted that he has bred two new rider outers and cricketers.

Tomorrow I start my series of ‘My Racing Life’ in similar fashion to the programme that is running at present on Racing TV.  Selecting seven horses was very hard but choosing the trainer and jockey, not so.

However, just for interests sake, horses that are on my shortlist that didn’t quite make it were, Pendil, Crisp, Red Rum, Nijinski, Brigadier Gerard, Mill Reef, Sagaro, Ardross, The Minstrel, Grundy and Bustino.

Trainers and jockeys that were shortlisted were, Fulke Walwyn, Fred Winter, M Stoute, Steve Cauthen, K Fallon, M Kinane, J Mercer and R Dunwoody.